Welcome to the fourth addition of GBB's Music Shuffle of Semi-Embarrasment. i think you all know what's happening by now so..let's jump right in.
(Opens iTunes, computer demands an update, waits 5 minutes, goes and gets a cool refreshment, returns)
1. Yes by Coldplay
Like most Coldplay songs, I have no idea what this song is about but I know it sounds sensual. Also like most Coldplay songs, I like it.
2. Red Eyes by Switchfoot
I grew up on two bands: Relient K (who I suspect will make an appearance on this list soon) and Switchfoot. If you have never studied the band and frontman, Jon Foreman, I suggest you make time. Intriguing life lessons, mellow California rock tones and pretty incredible growth through the years. Once saw Jon Foreman with only his guitar, a violinist and a cellist. Boy, did I cry.
3. Breathing by Yellowcard
Another band of my childhood, Yellowcard provide some awesome cruising around tunes and my closest buddies and I made due with what we had in West Memphis. Violin AND rock music? Its like eating caviar with an RC Cola. Believe me, it works.
4. Nothing In My Way by Keane
No matter how long its been since you've listened to Keane, somehow you always remember the words.
5. When I Go Down by Relient K
And here is the first appearance by my childhood celebrity role models. Forget the fact that they were the musical representation of who I wanted to be as a person, they struck a cord with even the likes of my parents, who I secret caught listening without me. If all you have heard of them is their new album, I'm sorry. It's not their best but "the man" told them they had to make an album and that's what happens. If you want the true essence listen to the albums entitled MMhMM and Five Score and Seven Years Ago. I could go on, but I'll spare you.
6. Set the Mood Prelude/Until the End of Time by Justin Timberlake
My man. He officially became my hero when I first saw his live DVD concert in college. I know watch said DVD on a monthly basis. If you have not seen it or do not like him or do not appreciate him, watch it. It will make you happy.
7. Sloop John B (Cover) by Relient K
Here we are again. An appropriate to a band that was a major influence, especially in vocal performance and harmonies. Relient K echos the Beach Boys in their use of 5 vocal performers...well they used to.
8. Sour Times by The Civil Wars
This is a taste of my more current musical preferences. Don't get me wrong, I still love my punk/alternative bands but I now enjoy some easy listening, folksy stuff I picked up in the later years of college. Honestly though, if you don't like The Civil Wars, you're probably deaf, dumb or jealous.
9. Waste by Foster the People
I dabble with Foster the People, especially after they featured Kenny G in their SNL performance. My dad calls it "weird music," my best friend calls it "crap" (although I have tricked him into enjoying it), but I just call it fun. I like music that makes me happy or dance. Sue me.
10. When My Train Pulls In by Gary Clark Jr.
Okay, so I cheated with this last one. GCJ is by far my favorite musician right now. Seen him in concert 3 different times, and each one has been better than the last. A soft-spoken, guitar savant, Gary blew me away at the Beale Street Music Fest 2 years ago and he returns to Memphis later this year. If you don't go, you will miss your chance in history. He's one of those guys, your grandkids will still be listening to. Do you really want to miss the opportunity to say, "I saw that cat play. He was unbelievable." ??? Don't be that guy.
seriously go to the concert.