Archive for the ‘music’ Category

First Ten at Random

September 4, 2008

I was thinking the other day that I have a VERY eclectic style of music. I wonder what it says about me? I like everything from the orchestrations of Hans Zimmer to well, High School Musical. Guilty.

So I decided to be completely honest and transparent here and list the first 10 songs from my iTunes when it’s set to random. I have NO idea what’ll come up and I’m a bit nervous.

So…here we go: (It’s important to note that I will NOT skip any song no matter how embarrassing it is)

1.) “If It’s in My Mind, It’s on My Face” from System, by Seal. Not a bad start. Seal - System - If It's In My Mind, It's On My Face

2.) “Map of the Problematique” from Black Holes and Revelations by MUSE. (I’m 2 for 2 so far) Muse - Black Holes and Revelations - Map of the Problematique

3.) “Like it or Not” from Confessions on a Dance Floor by Madonna (I wasn’t a fan of this album) Madonna - Confessions On a Dance Floor - Like It or Not

4.) “Forever Love (Digame)” from Wreck of the Day by Anna Nalick (Ugh, reminds me of a certain ex-wife) Anna Nalick - Wreck of the Day - Forever Love (Digame)

5.) “Don’t Let Me Down” from Across the Universe soundtrack by Dana Fuchs (Ehh…pass) Dana Fuchs - Across the Universe (Music from the Motion Picture) [Deluxe Edition] - Don't Let Me Down

6.) “Sorry” from Confessions on a Dance Floor by Madonna (Really? 1374 songs and two of them are from this wretched album… not looking so good here, y’all) Madonna - Confessions On a Dance Floor - Sorry

7.) “Open the Eyes of My Heart” from Worship by Michael W. Smith (SO 9-11, 2001) Michael W. Smith - Worship - Open the Eyes of My Heart

8.) “Let God Arise” from See the Morning by Chris Tomlin (goodness…I haven’t heard this one in a while) Chris Tomlin - See the Morning - Let God Arise

9.) “Elm” from Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow by Hammock Hammock - Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow - Elm

10.) “End Title” from Driving Miss Daisy soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and James Fitzpatrick (what a way to end the list. I love this song.) James Fitzpatrick - The Essential Hans Zimmer Film Music Collection - End Title (From "Driving Miss Daisy")

So there you have it. The first 10 songs at random from my iTunes. I’ve included a link to iTunes so you can have a listen to see if we share any of the same interests. Maybe next I’ll do the top 10 most played. THAT would probably say more about me, huh?

I’m just thankful that the ONE Bette Midler song I have didn’t come up. Talk about embarrassing.


Greg Laswell: How the Day Sounds

July 11, 2008

About a week or so ago I went to Exit/In here in Nashville to see Ingrid Michelson. As it usually is with shows there she had two opening acts before she went on to perform. The first guy was a bit forgettable (as I have actually forgotten his name or music), but the second guy, Greg Laswell, was AMAZING.

His EP, “How the Day Sounds” is remarkable. I was really impressed with his live performance. There was one song that tasted a bit like Sufjan Stevens’ stuff with the trumpets, etc. (That song is not on “How the Day Sounds”; however, I thought I would make the comparison for those of you that like Sufjan’s stuff)

The whole EP is excellent. Greg Laswell - How the Day Sounds - EP - How the Day Sounds

ALSO, he covered “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” Greg Laswell - Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Single - Girls Just Want to Have Fun. It’s amazing how sad that song actually is. Maybe it’s just the way he did it that makes it seem sad…no, it’s actually pretty sad. You’ll love it.

Yeah. So…

October 14, 2007

Kanye West was…interesting.

For starters, the line up was completely random: Bret Dennen, Guster, and Kanye West. Sure, I can see the first two going together. And if I really stretch myself I can see Guster and Kanye (but still, it’s a stretch). But Bret Dennen? Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great and I love his stuff. He kept us from being the only white people there. ha!

Doors opened at 7 and the Bret went on at 8. We arrived at 7:30…and didn’t leave until 12:30. No lie.

Kanye’s set was good. He did a lot of older songs (so I’m told. They were all new to me save for Gold Digger and Stronger). I was initially impressed because he had a live 15 piece orchestra with him. That was nice to see. Then came the fifth song, or so, and Kanye stepped up to the keyboard and started the next song. Then he STOPPED the song because he forgot the chords he had to play. He called for his keyboard player to come down and show him what they were again. (Seems to me that with all the money he’s made he can spare a few bucks for a lesson or two). The song started again and was stopped again because he couldn’t hear someone’s part. “Turn it up, dog. That’s my favorite part. Turn it up!” At this point everyone was getting a little restless.

Then came his 20 minute rant about how he’s never going back to the VMA’s because people won’t bow down to greatness…or some BS like that. I don’t know, I was at the concession stand at this point.

The coolest part of the night was being able to shout along to “Stronger” word for word with 12 thousand other people. That was nice.

such pomp and circumstance

October 10, 2007



Kanye West is packing his suitcase for a world tour that will see him play a handful of North American shows beginning this month.

The hip-hop star, who is supporting his new album, “Graduation,” is set to launch the outing Oct. 12 in Nashville. (And guess who’s going. Yup. You know it.) From there, he’ll visit Vancouver, Winnipeg, Philadelphia, Boston and Miami into November. In the midst of the US tour, West will break away for a concert in Dubai, and will head to Europe in November. North American shows are listed below; overseas dates can be found at the Roc-A-Fella Records website.

West made chart history again last month with the release of “Graduation,” which snagged the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales reaching nearly 957,000 units. It marked the biggest debut of any album since the Grammy winner’s sophomore set, “Late Registration,” two years ago, according to a press release. “Graduation” also established a new one-week digital sales record, logging more than 132,000 album downloads.

So far, the album has spawned Top 10 rap track “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” rap/pop hit “Stronger” and the latest single, “Good Life,” which debuted on a recent episode of HBO’s “Entourage,” in which West makes a guest appearance.

The flamboyant performer first made a name for himself behind the production board, working with artists including Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Ludacris and Alicia Keys. In 2004, he released his first solo album, “The College Dropout,” which scored multi-platinum status and a whopping 10 Grammy nominations. West went home with three trophies at the 2005 ceremony and scored another three the next year for “Late Registration.”

Bob Dylan. The Ryman. Tomorrow Night.

September 19, 2007


Hot Damn.

“The Bright Side” EP now available!

August 12, 2007


Brand new from Rend the Heavens is this incredible EP, “The Bright Side.” You can buy it on iTunes so check it out. You’re going to love it. Also be sure to check out their new website. (Photos by yours truly)

running update

July 24, 2007

Ok. It’s offical. I AM WAY OUT OF SHAPE!! The first day of my couch-to-5-k training kicked my butt. The routine was this: 5 minute warm up walk, then run for 90 seconds, walk for 60. Run for 90, walk for 60. Repeat for 20 minutes. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. At least for me, anyway. But tomorrow I give it another go so we’ll see what happens. I can only get better at it.

Here’s a list of yesterday’s playlist. This will change from run to run. Some selections seemed right at the time, but didn’t really deliver when it came time for the run. Good tunes are essential when you’re getting your ass kicked. Click on the link to have a listen. Enjoy!

What Time Is It” – High School Musical 2 (yes, seriously..more on this later)

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – Daft Punk

Destination Calabria” – Alex Gaudino

Somebody Told Me” – The Killers

The Fox” – Nickel Creek

Mo Ghile Mear” – Celtic Woman (see the second sentence in the previous paragraph)

The Ascent of Stan” – Ben Folds

Warmer Climate” – Snow Patro

The Wings” – Gustavo Santaolallo (cool down lap)