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Erik Hassle- Hurtful

This Swedish newcomer is fresh faced and pop-driven. I really like the tone of his voice; it is clear and emotional and lends itself well to the types of music he writes and covers. He’s also still enough of an unknown to put out great music and not buy into the influences of the fame-monster. He does a great acoustic cover of “Be Mine” with Ellie Goulding.  Check him out!

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Two words: Ed Sheeran.

Ed Mother-f-ing-Sheeran, man! Most mellow, rocking, folky, soulful, looping, hip-hopping ginger around.

This kid is amazing & I cannot stop listening to him. He is one of the rare voices and talents that sounds better live than on his album. Don’t get me wrong, his album is amazing, but his live stuff is all genius! And his covers & collaborations are unique and I generally prefer them to the original. Scratch that. I have yet to find a cover he has done that I didn’t prefer to the original. And he plays some of the coolest guitars ever: slick little 3/4s and an awesome Martin backpacker guitar.

He is a giant fan of the impromptu show, will sing for his supper or a place to stay, and he’ll stay up all night to record the perfect song on the perfect bridge at the perfect time of day. Keep an eye on this one. He’s going places.

And since I’m not sure that I linked to enough of his awesome songs, here is another 🙂

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“Pack Up” by Eliza Doolittle

 Today’s Spotlight Sunday is one I found through a friend of mine who is a DJ in CA. I have fallen in love with this song & it’s been stuck in my head for days 🙂 Eliza Doolittle is billed as a cross between Lily Allen & Joss Stone & if that weren’t enough to recommend her to me, I saw her do an acoustic version of this song for A64, an acoustic show in Britain… It was stupendous! Such a cute girl, such a great song, and the backing vocals are amazing as well! So here it is, enjoy! Click through for the video on YouTube 🙂

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“Mykonos” by Fleet Foxes, Single

Today’s song is one that is close to my heart. I discovered this group at the behest of my friend Aaron Farr (check out his blog) & I fell in love.

Their music became the soundtrack to one of the best summer/falls of my life: getting back into performing for the first time in 5 years, meeting a ton of great new friends, getting into hiking & holding my own, impromptu dance parties, fall festivals, ghost hunting, coffee shop hanging. Just all around fun. And this song is one that I played the first time I made it up McAfee Knob (here in SW VA). Beautiful rockface and a pretty challenging 3mi. climb each way. So here is the soundtrack to the summer of 2009. Summer of my life. **Click through link for their video on YouTube!**

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“Return To Me” by Matthew Ryan, Regret Over The Wires

I have a confession: This song reminds me of my ex. And not a good ex either. A year ago, I wouldn’t have been able to listen to this song without feeling that piercing agony that accompanies the bottom dropping out of your world when the one you live for says “I don’t love you anymore. There’s someone else. She’s pregnant and we’re getting engaged.” That particular agony is especially acute when these statements drag on the heels of one another, as was our case. We were together for 5 years and then, BOOM. Bad breakup. But this song rates anyway.

Matthew Ryan’s voice, while it is exactly what the ex patterned his vocal stylings after, is unique and pleasant. It has a gravelly, raspy quality that suits his material well. And this song is just artfully rendered. I love the sentiment his vocal quality imparts to the otherwise less-than-mind-blowing lyrics. Sweet, soft, tender, heartfelt if not thought-provoking. A great introduction to a very talented artist. **Click through the link for the video on YouTube :)**

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In an effort to beat my previous  record of nine posts in one month the month, I will be starting a new blog series. This one will hopefully give me about 12 to 15 posts  by the end of August 🙂 The themes will be as follows:

  • Monday- Make A List Monday
  • Tuesday- Two Quote Tuesday
  • Wednesday- Wordy Wednesday (I will ask a friend for a word and write a story inspired by it in some way)
  • Thursday- Day off
  • Friday- Formspring Friday
  • Saturday- Start A Challenge Saturday
  • Sunday- Spotlight Sunday (A review of one of my favorite songs/artists)

Hopefully I can stick to this for at least one month. As you all can tell I am not very good with my follow-through. I have will and drive, but I quickly lose interest or find another project that then occupies me fully. I am trying my best to break this habit that I have of not being able to form new & lasting habits. Ironically, that seems to be the only lasting habit I have. :/ 

***Update 9/1/2010- I completed the month of August successfully and I actually enjoyed doing this little series of guided postings. It challenged me and allowed me creative freedom at the same time. I’m setting a new goal for myself to keep it up through September. With all the wedding planning for Heather Beth, the baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays (including my own- 27th- GASP!) and new job position, this month will be much more difficult. What better to challenge myself with? :)***

So in anticipation of the first of August, I will start off with my first Spotlight Sunday.

Today’s song:

“Come on, Come Out” by A Fine Frenzy.

This song is catchy, perfectly soulful but sweet. The rhythmic, mellow arrangement underscores the beauty of Alison’s voice beautifully. I’ve been a fan of A Fine Frenzy since the song “Almost Lover” debuted back in 2008, but I never got around to buying the album. I have been missing out. I downloaded One Cell In The Sea with an iTunes giftcard I had and have been listening to it non-stop since. If you haven’t listened to this song/CD, I would highly recommend it. (On a side note: I really want her hair color. Like, really really want it. Haha.)

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