Search

ashesmusicnotes

i do music things with my butterfly wings

Month

August 2015

Epic

I haven’t posted in a bit because I haven’t heard anything worthwhile in about a week or two. So I decided to write this post instead…

I firmly believe that every one of us wants to hear something epic every now and then. A song that moves us to the point of stillness. A song that captures a moment in our lives so perfectly yet we’ve never even crossed paths with the artist singing the words. So, how would they know how we’re feeling?

Music, as said time and time again, is a universal language. And when you hear lyrics that resonate with you and melodies that travel deep down into your veins, it kind of makes you feel not so alone. That someone out there gets you and how you feel. And that’s powerful. That’s epic.

Below is a list of some of the epic songs in my life. What are yours?

###

The Ben Taylor Band “Surround Me” – A hug in the form of a song.

Cary Brothers “Honestly” – This song reminds me of the fall, my favorite season. When the leaves are their most colorful and there’s a slight crispness to everything. When there is so much beauty around you, yet you can still be sad.

Chantal Kreviazuk “Time” – An anthem I’ve been in love with for a long time.

Delta Rae “Dance In The Graveyards” – The embodiment of joy and happiness.

Ella Eyre “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” – Her voice. Those words. That passion. I’ve never met a cover song I’ve loved so dearly.

John Mayer “The Heart Of Life” – My favorite from my all-time favorite.

Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work” – A heartbreakingly beautiful song.

Kodaline “All I Want” – This one might be the most sonically epic on this list. And the video is one of my favorites.

Kwabs “Perfect Ruin” – Every time I hear this song I fall in love with it all over again. When it’s over, I get kind of upset until I realize, that’s what the back button is for. Repeat! And believe me, I do. Every time.

Lifehouse “Simon” – This song reminds me of a time when music was about the music itself. Some of my favorite live music experiences were watching this band live.

Mumford & Sons “After The Storm” – This one is epic in the most delicate form.

Sheryl Crow “I Shall Believe” – If you ever watched the episode of Roswell (RIP) where Liz dances with future Max to this stunner, and you were single at the time you watched it, and nearly twenty years have passed and you’re still single, then this one would get to you too.

Sia “Breathe Me” – Remember when Myspace had background music for your profile page? Remember Myspace? …Well, this was one of the first songs I chose for mine and I felt sooooo cool because it wasn’t a well-known song at the time. Plus the lyrics and piano beat were darker than anything on the 9 at 9 (Z100 reference). My profile page may be long gone but I still feel cool as shit when this songs lives on through my headphones.

The Acoustic Current

Happy Friday!!!

I may have mentioned it somewhere on this blog before but I’ve always had a thing for musicians of the singer-songwriter variety and I’ve included a bunch of them on Ashesmusicnotes. That being said, I decided to create a separate, niche blog just for acoustic music titled, naturally, The Acoustic Current. So moving forward I’ll probably just feature the singer-songwriters on that platform unless there is a song so mind-blowing I feel the urge to post about it on both of my blogs. Just wanted that noted for future reference.

-Ashes

The Songs I’d Spin If I Were A Radio Programmer Today

I gotta tell it like it is, I’ve been completely uninspired by what’s on FM radio these days. And having worked for a major radio company in the past, am still baffled by how many solid songs and artists continue to get ignored. Although, I was pleasantly surprised to here Alessia Cara’s “Here” on NYC’s Z100 the other day. So props for that one thing…

Anyways, we all know that radio programmers play far too much of the same songs to the point of exhaustion. So in that regard I guess it’s OK that some of the best emerging artists and songs never “make it” to the airwaves. I mean, I really have no desire to get sick of the songs I enjoy. BUT at the end of the day, as a music industry professional and even as a general music fan, I still often find myself wondering why certain songs and artists get played and others don’t.

When I worked for that major radio company I mentioned at the top, I had the amazing opportunity to take part in the programming of a digital radio station for brand new, emerging (and even unsigned!) musicians. It was one of the highlights of my career to date. I got to thinking on my way into work one morning last week, what songs I’d like to spin (in moderation) if I had my own radio station. Here’s the songs I’ve come up with and who my audience would be for each:

The 1975 “The City” – Excuse my french, but how the fuck has this song not been spun even once on a major NYC radio station? For those who enjoy euphoric anthems.

Banks “Beggin For Thread” – For those who enjoy off-center, dark pop that’s catchy as hell.

Klingande “Jubel” – For those who enjoy life, basically. And sick beats.

Lana Del Rey “National Anthem” – Underrated jam. For those who enjoy the underdog.

Lilla Salskapet “Om vingarna bar” – For those who can enjoy the music even though they don’t have a clue what the song is about.

LIZ “XTC” – For those who liked 1998 because this one could’ve come out that year.

M83 “Midnight City” – I know people know this song but I don’t think they’ve heard it enough. For those who prefer the nighttime.

Mas Ysa “Margarita” – For those who enjoy perfection because this song is close to it. Oh and sax solo’s because perfection always involves a sax solo I don’t care what anyone says.

Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe” – For those who enjoy a solid throwback sound and don’t mind slowing things down for just under 4 minutes.

Twin Shadow “Old Love/New Love” – For those who enjoy dancing even when they are sober.

Until The Ribbon Breaks “Revolution Indifference” f/ Run The Jewels – For those who enjoy putting their music up to 11 (yes, that’s a Spinal Tap reference).

Years & Years “Take Shelter” – For those who enjoy traveling because this trio is from the UK, where the music is way ahead of our time.

Rita Ora “Body On Me” f/ Chris Brown

Sweeeeeeeeeet jam.

Wonder Girls “Candle” f/ Paloalto

K-pop + the 80’s = this song.

Carly Rae Jepsen “Making The Most Of The Night”

We’ve got a hot one! This little lady’s gone and done it again.

Birdy & RHODES “Let It All Go”

Sonic perfection.

Chris Carmack “Being Alone”

I thoroughly enjoyed this country-infused song from Chris Carmack. You probably recognize Chris from his current role on TV’s Nashville. And you definitely recognize him from his role on the long-lived, super popular CW series, The O.C., which in my opinion is one of the best soundtracked TV series to date. However, even if you don’t recognize him, this song is  fantastic.

The Piano Guys “Fight Song/Amazing Grace”

From the opening bag pipes to the elegant piano to the soaring violin, this is instrumental music at its finest. Pairing up Rachel Platten’s recent hit, “Fight Song” with the classic “Amazing Grace” was also kind of brilliant.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑