With Christmas being just a few days away, I figured I'd go through my parents' CDs to get into the holiday spirit. I'd already listened to my own Christmas music collection (Mariah, Glee, NSYNC) and needed something different. Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas was a major find.
I often ignore live and "best of" albums. Even from artists I love. What's the point, right? I have all their music already - how many different versions do I need? But this week I decided to live on the edge a little bit and listened to both a live album and a "best of" album. And ZOMG, I'm so happy I did!
The great thing about new music is that you never really know what you're gonna get. Sorta like life. And a box of chocolates (thanks, Forrest!). Sometimes albums totally and completely surprise you. And sometimes they don't at all. Sometimes surprises are good, and sometimes they're a huge letdown. Sometimes all you want is your favorite band just the same as always, and sometimes a little change makes them all the better.
All the artists this week make me happy. Even when the songs are sad, I'm happy. And I think that's a sign of a truly great artist; they can sing about the saddest things in love and still put a smile on my face. And sometimes you just need music to comfort you and make you feel good. Like during midterms after spending 6 straight hours at the library and you're only a third of the way through your reading.
Wow, this week was a bit of a bummer. So much anticipation and a whole lot of disappointment. You're probably thinking I deserve it. After all, I got my hopes all up about Mariah Carey and Selena Gomez, so what did I really deserve, right?
I feel like I'm having a major flashback this week. Like Wayne and Garth are running by me in my bedroom waving their hands in the air screaming "Do do do do. Do do do do." And then everything gets all jumbled and I'm ten years younger and wearing something completely ridiculous.
This has been a crazy week. Jay-Z came back! Scarlett Johansson came out with an album with Pete Yorn. (Hey, it's gotta be better than The Hoff's singing, right?) Oh, and Mason Jennings came out with something new..though everything he does is new to me.
None of the artists with new releases are new to me this week. I've loved them all in the past and now I'm coming back for more. Actually, they're coming back to give me more and I'm taking it all with wide open arms. And I'm pretty psyched to hear some new stuff from some of my old favorites. It makes me feel at home and right where I belong. I'm so happy to have my old friends back again!
My sister is getting married and I've had weddings on the brain, so this week I'm dedicating this review to her and doin' the something old, something new, and something blue routine. It doesn't just apply to brides, you know. I didn't borrow any of my music this week (I'm not good at giving back), so I had to leave that one out.
Sometimes I love a band so much, I just sit and wait for them to come out with something new. Well, I don't literally sit and wait, but I do get really excited when I know a release date is near. And this week, my long and painful wait was over.
This week's new releases left me pleasantly surprised. From an album by an artist I had never heard of, to one I thought I knew very well, to one I resisted listening to for oh so long. Sometimes you need to open up a bit and take a few risks in order to find joy, and that goes for music, too.
This week might be the most random mix of reviews ever. Seriously, ever. I even surprised myself a bit. I was ready to love who I already loved and hate who I wanted to hate, but that's not at all what happened. The one album I was most excited for fell flat. And the one I barely even wanted to listen to, well, I kinda liked.
This week was all about men and, what can I say? I love me some men. With guitars. Who make good music. (That last one is key.) Yup, I had a big, beautiful music orgy this week and I just want more. Bring on the boys!
We haven't heard much from Chris Brown since "the incident" before the Grammy's, but if this new video is anything, it's his (shady) attempt to get back into our hearts and minds. Because he's got a new album dropping. And a new single coming out this summer! And because he likes to bowl and he's not a "monster."
This week was all about utilizing what I learned in Girl Scouts all those years ago. No, not building a fire or navigating my way out of a forest, but that whole "make new friends but keep the old" adage.
You know those artists that just seem to disappear all of the sudden? One minute they're in your life (and in your head) and the next, you don't really know where they are and you spend your days wondering if they took some office job somewhere.
I like music I can sing along to. Even better is music I only have to listen to once before I start singing along. Sometimes I find myself singing along before I even know the lyrics. Other people get annoyed at my mixture of mumbles and hums, but I can't help myself.
When the Internets talk, I listen. Really. Think about how easy the Internet makes it to discover new music. Almost as easy as it is to find porn. Sometimes when I’m bored, I just browse the Internet to discover new bands and I’m constantly shocked by how many artists and bands I’ve never heard of until I see or hear them online.
Ooh, the anticipation! Some of my most-liked bands are back with new releases this week. And considering I’m already a fan of them, they all have a lot to live up to. So, will they make me remember why I love them so much or will they crush my hopes?
I have pretty eclectic tastes when it comes to music. I’ll give most anything a chance and find myself loving everything from Kings of Leon to Escape the Fate to Rascal Flatts to Kelly Clarkson. You get the point. So, I was especially excited this week when I saw how crazy different each of the new releases were.
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