My Music Picks

Music Is Life

August 2014

Artists That Moved Me

When I’m not going to shows, I’m constantly listening to new music. And when I say “new” music, I mean new to me. Some of the music that I pick up may be decades old, but I’m listening to it for the first time. I love to share the great stuff that I’m discovering, so here are some songs that stood out to me so far this month.

August’s Adventures, vol. 1

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It’s a new month which means new music. 🙂  I start off with my girl, Shakira.  She’s been in my life for almost 20 years now.  It’s so hard to believe that back in 1997 my Panamanian sister-in-law was the one that introduced her music to me.  She was listening to her latest album, Pies Descalzos, on repeat until I finally had to ask her what the heck she was listening to.  She let me borrow it and after that first listen, I too was hooked.  I’ve followed her music and career ever since that day.  I’ve watched her evolve and break into the American market.  It was hard to see her absorbed by the Pop Music Machine, but I think in many ways she was able to maintain a great level of control over the music she put out.  I respect her and still dig the music that she creates.  This latest, self-titled album has some great songs on it; my favorites are in this playlist.  Broken Bells’ new album, After The Disco, is a combination of fun and pathos.  Can’t help but get both with the combo of James Mercer & Danger Mouse…and I really dig it!  I think this is definitely my favorite album from them thus far.  The 40th Anniversary Edition of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road includes a second disc of music with select interpretations off of this iconic album by current artists.  I’m typically not a fan of covers, but there were three that definitely stood out to me.  Surprisingly they come from artists with whom I’m not too familiar.  In fact, I don’t own one album by any of them. I’ve heard of them as artists, but never took the time to listen to their individual music. Maybe I will now. 🙂 But I definitely appreciate the creativity in their versions of a legend’s already fabulous songs.  Duck Sauce’s Quack is the creative output of the DJ duo, Armand Van Helden and A-Trak.  I’m very familiar with Armand Van Helden and his particular brand of retro house music, but A-Trak is a new one for me.  I hear Armand’s influences all over this quirky record.  There are a lot of fun, booming house tracks, which I love.  I picked out four of my favorites.  I can do without all the duck chatter in between all of the songs.  Some of it is kinda funny, but after several listens, I’d rather skip it.  These songs will get you out of your chair and dancing FOR SURE!!  I’ve been dying to hear Pharrell’s, G I R L.  I can’t believe it took me THIS long to get to it.  I knew I’d dig it.  I wish it had more songs, though.  It figures that the first song that stood out to me, “Brand New”, happened to be a duet with Justin Timberlake.  I love both of them, so it makes sense.  I dig the album, but especially the three songs I included here.  Pharrell is just so soulful and real….I can’t get enough of his falsetto.  I’m a huge fan of HIS and ALL of his music!!


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