Singing Goodbye to 2014

Honestly, I’m feeling really down on this final day of 2014. Things have been rough.

That’s why I’m making a list of songs that will help me sing and dance my way into 2015 with my head held high… and sharing it with anyone who may want some good, inspirational music to end 2014, and carry you through 2015.
I’ve created a Grooveshark playlist of 15 songs, which is at the bottom of this post.

Let’s start with 2014’s United State of Pop Mashup by DJ Earworm… Do What You Wanna Do.
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Can’t Lose with VanCo.

On March 16th, 2013, around 6:45 in the evening, I walked down the sidewalk beside 12th and Porter, the venue where the Drunken Irish Show presented by Gimm+Icky was to be held, feeling quite frustrated. I had just been inside, and I hadn’t been able to find anyone to help me. I was looking for the members of VanCo., the band that would be opening the show that night, because I was supposed to be interviewing them.

Suddenly, a door burst open in front of me, and I saw someone who looked vaguely familiar stride out. I immediately took off down the street, running while trying to look as if I wasn’t. I caught the man’s attention, and found that it was Evan, the bassist for VanCo., and I said goodbye to my frustration. Soon, I was surrounded by the joyful crew that is VanCo., standing out on the street corner where I had just caught up with Evan, and preparing to start asking my questions.   Read more “Can’t Lose with VanCo.”

Serious Face

I first found out about Gimm+Icky in November 2012 when I was looking for a cool show to take my sister to while she was visiting from Seattle. I was hooked as soon as I listened to their songs on SoundCloud. And then I discovered all of their YouTube videos… I suddenly knew, if I went to this Balls and Sweaters Dance of theirs, I had to meet them and write an article about it. And so, I did.

But that’s not what this Music of my Life post is about. I decided I would do a Music of my Life post in honor of their upcoming “Drunken Irish Show” on March 16th, about one of my favorite songs of theirs.

“Serious Face” is the first song I heard by Gimm+Icky when I went in search of their music to listen to. I was disappointed to find out that none of their music was on iTunes yet – but never fear, dear friends! They now have two singles out on iTunes… “Shake That” and “It Starts Tonight,” two awesome songs, are now available for purchase.

“Serious Face” makes me so happy to listen to, and when I watch videos of them performing it, I just can’t help but to dance along. And their acoustic video version of “Serious Face” is amazing, even though I laugh every time because they are all making such hilarious faces, trying to keep their faces serious.

If you’re in the Nashville area, be sure to check out The Drunken Irish Show presented by Gimm+Icky, and with special guests The Lonely Biscuits and VanCo. on March 16th at 12th and Porter.

FUN FACT: Both Tripp and Jeff of Gimm+Icky would pick Morgan Freeman to take a “serious face” picture with… 🙂

And now, without further ado, here is their acoustic version of “Serious Face” from YouTube.

Everywhere

I grew up listening to Michelle Branch. She had several songs on the radio as I was getting old enough to really get into music in my own way, instead of just listening to Mom and Dad’s music. In 2003 her album Hotel Paper was released, and I heard “Are You Happy Now?” which became a song I wanted to listen to all the time. I think I even requested it at a middle school dance, and the DJ looked at me like I was nuts, because it wasn’t considered a “dance song.” But, I had been listening to songs from her album, The Spirit Room for a while at that point. Songs such as “All You Wanted” and “Goodbye To You.” But my favorite was the one called “Everywhere.” And that’s the song this specific “Music of my Life” post is about.

As I was going through Middle School, and High School, I felt lonely a lot. I was struggling with depression. And “Everywhere” was a song that felt very hopeful to me, a song about never being alone. I know, listening to the lyrics now, it’s pretty much a song from the point of view of a girl who’s really in love with someone who she wants to attract the attention of, and sees everywhere. But, listening to it back in school whenever I was lonely would give me hope, and that was enough to make me keep listening to Michelle Branch’s albums. 🙂

It’s still a song that’ll lift my spirits if I turn it on on my iTunes, or pop in the CD if I’m feeling in that sort of mood. I’ll sing along at the top of my lungs, or just mouth along if I’ve got people over and I’m feeling bashful. “Everywhere” is a a wonderful song, and though I don’t necessarily have any memories associated with it, it’s still a big part of my history and growing musically.

And so, here’s Michelle Branch’s “Everywhere” in music video form! Enjoy! 🙂

Let’s See How Far We’ve Come…

Hey, everyone!

So, I know I should have been posting more often lately. But things have been very hectic with the holidays and my jobs and my grandparents were in town and all sorts of other stuff… it’s been nutty.

It is now pretty much the end of the year, though! Tomorrow, which will begin soon, if you want to be technical, is New Year’s Eve! And then, we’ll be in the year 2013. Isn’t it crazy to think about? I think so. Haha.   Read more “Let’s See How Far We’ve Come…”