Back in November, I wrote an article about songs I was listening to. I said I would write a post about the new music I discovered on Pandora. Nine months later, I’m finally getting around to writing that post! The songs listed here are part what I found on Pandora, part new music I’ve discovered other ways. Either way, I hope you like what you hear!
1. Propehcy by Carter Burwell – The movie “Howl” stars James Franco as a very good Allen Ginsberg (I will admit, I was surprised. Playing Ginsberg in all his mania and even simply reading the epic that is the poem “Howl,” I imagine, is difficult to portray). Very appropriately, the soundtrack of this movie has become my new writing music, particularly this song. It ebbs and flows, dramatic and serene, love it!
2. Ballad of the Sad Young Men by Roberta Flack – I heard this song in the beginning of a lecture by Patrick Rosal. It stuck with me and I got the album, “First Take,” for my birthday. Rumor has it that the album this song is on was, as suggested by the title, recorded in one take. I have a lot of respect for Flack’s undeniable singing chops.
3. Acknowledgement by John Coltrane – If you read my Blue Like Jazz post, you’ll know I’ve been listening to Coltrane for a while. About a year ago, a friend of mine gave me four gigs of new music. I’m still discovering new tunes from the cache he gave me. A discovery within the last three months or so has been Coltrane. I am most definitely falling in love with jazz music. Something about its inherent creativity and improvisation speaks to me.
4. Girl with One Eye by Florence + the Machine – Ok, I know Florence been around for a little while, and I’m late to the bandwagon. I’m just now discovering her awesomeness. It was love at first listen for this particular song and I. It’s sassy and, yes, I do belt it out in the car…terribly.
5. The Cave by Mumford and Sons – I have my roommate to blame for this one. It’s his favorite song of the Mumford and Sons collection he has. Maybe about six months ago he kept playing this particular tune incessantly. I’d be lying if I said it had to grow on me. This song starts out kind of slow, but quickly picks up pace. I can’t help but bop my head whenever it comes on.
6. Sky by Joshua Radin, featuring Ingrid Michaelson – Here’s another song I discovered because of a friend. She randomly said there was a song she thought I’d enjoy and sent it to me. She was definitely right. I feel like this tune is unique in that it acknowledges the fact that people in a relationship fear that the other person will leave them, but, many times, these fears only manifest themselves in dreams. The song ultimately renews the singers’ love for the beloved.
7. That Wasn’t Me by Brandi Carlile – Another song recommended by the same friend who introduced me to “Sky.” About a month ago, I got a voucher for three free MP3 songs on Amazon. I did a facebook poll asking which songs people recommended. My friend recommended this one, and, once again, she was spot on with her choice. This song won me over with the first few seconds of piano playing and kept me hooked with the soulful, honest lyrics.
8. Right as Rain by Adele – This was a Pandora recommendation. Damn, that girl can sang! I realize people know this already, but it bears repeating.
9. I Will Not Bow by Breaking Benjamin – One of my favorite bands, RED, toured with Breaking Benjamin for a bit. I wasn’t able to go to a show on that tour, but I heard that Breaking Benjamin has a music style very similar to RED. Pandora played this song on the RED station I created. Definitely one to head bang to!
10. The Last Fight by Bullet for My Valentine – I heard this song during one of the Body Combat sessions at my gym. There are few things I like more than punching along to a rock music riff. Bullet for my Valentine has quickly become a favorite band of mine. They’ve got a great mix of gritty lyrics and attitude that are right up my alley.