Monday, March 30, 2015

Music Monday

This week is going to be a quick Music Monday. My mom came into town and music took a side seat. And I was listening to the same thing over and over. Quick week...


Punch Brothers "The Phosphorescent Blues" (Bluegrass? New(ish) Release Jan 23, 2015) - Okay. So I like it. I knew I would. But at the same time, I'm not really sure I understand it. Which is completely fine. It's been on repeat all week long. I think one of the reasons I like it is because (I'm going to generalize here) most stuff that's remotely close to this tends to, not necessarily be slower, but takes my mood and brings it into a calm place. This, though there are definite slower parts, tends to bring my mood up. It's like they push energy into their music. I love when artists do that. I don't know if that's a personal experience, as in, it's only me that feels that, or if that's a general thing where lots of people feel that with their music. Has anyone experienced this with their music or any other artists? I would love to know if you've ever experienced that! Anyways, back to this album. I love different, so this fits me really well. I immediately took to "Boll Weevil" as it's more traditional bluegrass, and "Magnet". That one is one of those songs that gives you highs and lows via the lyrics, volume, beats, ect..just throughout the whole song. I love when songs bring different instrumental lines in and out throughout the songs to create, what I like to think of it as, a song you can't not move/dance along to. I'm sure there's a technical term for that, but I don't know it. =) Anyways, if you like "different" music, definitely add this to your list to listen to. It's pretty great.

(still) Looking forward to:
Kelsea Ballerini's debut album out May 10
Maddie & Tae's debut album out June 2
Charlie Worsham's next album. Mhmm. =)

What have you guys been listening to?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Music Monday

Music Monday...apparently these are the only posts I'm good at right now. That's okay. I'll get around to something else eventually. Until then...let's talk about my love for playing songs over and over and over and over and over....and over again. And my love for Taylor...


Taylor Swift "1989" Deluxe Edition Songs - I still can't believe how I somehow missed when these 3 songs became available on iTunes. Ugh. Shameful. (lol jk) They were on an exclusive Target album when 1989 first came out, so I was super excited about these because I'm a huge fan of Taylor. Pop or Country. Doesn't matter. I'm there. I play 1989 all. the. time. And when these went into rotation, they didn't stop. Literally. I listened to the same 3 songs over and over again like...well....almost all week. And I know they'll continue to be listened to forever and ever. Amen. (oh boy....)


Kacey Musgraves "Biscuits" Single (Country New Release March 17, 2015) - BISCUITS! Biscuits came out this past week. It's true to Kacey's writing, sound, ect and is great. I love how her lyrics are so different than what's out in country music right now. I'm waiting for the full album. =)

And...that's kind of it. Remember how I said "over and over again"? Yep, definitely happened. I will say that I finally did download Punch Brother's "The Phosphorescent Blues" yesterday. I'm listening to it now, but I don't have a good grasp on it yet. It's just soooo different, so that'll have to wait until next week. The only thing I have to say is that the album cover is still creeping me out....anyone? anyone?....

(still) Looking forward to:
Kelsea Ballerini's debut album out May 10
Maddie & Tae's debut album out June 2
Charlie Worsham's next album. Mhmm. =)

What have you guys been listening to?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Music Monday

I think a person's taste in music is very personal and can reveal a lot about them. For example, I was in love with everything Aaron Carter growing up. What does that say about me? Hmm...don't answer that. Aaron Carter, Dream Street, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears... oh the memories...I could on and on. =) ....That being said...let's reveal some more stuff! And maybe my serious problem with how much music I download. (Nothing replaces music in life right? Right? Anyone with me?) Lol. Geez, maybe I should just rename this post to "confessions." Here's what I've been listening to:


Urban Rescue "Wildfire - EP" (Christian Release Sept 2, 2014) and Urban Rescue "Re-Imagined" (Christian New Release March 10, 2015) - Yep. Confession time (again): Both of them. I saw Re-Imagined was coming out on Tuesday, but I couldn't wait, so I bought the EP Monday and the album Tuesday. haha. Yeah... I have no defense. It happened. They're good. I don't see myself coming back to them though. I wanted more highs and lows from both.


Brothers Osborne "Stay a Little Longer - Single" Extended Edition (Country New Release March 10, 2015) - I almost died when I saw this pop up in iTunes because the original is one of my favorite songs. And that's saying something coming from the girl who doesn't really have "all time" favorites, just favorites of the moment. If you haven't heard the original, listen to that first and fall in love. It's off of their EP from last year. Then listen to this one and fall in love again. Seriously, I can't say enough about both of them. It's a song that makes an acoustic girl fall in love with the electric guitar. Again...saying something! lol. Truthfully, since I love the original so much I was a little worried this one wouldn't live up to the original, but it truly is a complement. There's parts in both that I love more than the other. In fact, I'd be all up for another version. Can you tell I love it?


Miranda Lambert "Platinum" (Country Released June 3, 2014) - Sigh. Here's another confession: I've had this downloaded since it came out...almost a year ago. And I've listened to it....twice. (Ugh. I'm throwing my hands over my face saying "I know, I know.") I've stood by hearing everyone say how great this album was; I've watched it be nominated and win tons of awards; And yet, I somehow managed to not really listen to it until this past week. See, I have this problem where if I don't listen to music right when I buy it, it tends to just fall into a bucket of "I'll get to it eventually." Here's my eventually. A year later. And hi, I love this album. Imagine that, right? If you're a fan of country music and have been living in a hole like I have, please listen to this album. My favorites are "Little Red Wagon", "Automatic" (which I had listened to many times.. at least that gives me some credit....), "Bathroom Sink", and "Holding On to You" (absolute fav by far).


Sam Hunt "Montevallo" (Country Released Oct 27, 2014) - I have listened to this one! Oh my gosh, calm down! I don't live in that big of a hole! Lol. This is one of my favorite albums, period. Love love love. And I return to it often. This week has been one of those weeks. Sometimes I'll mention it, sometimes I won't, but I wanted to mention it this week because the video for "Take Your Time" came out. And it kind of blew me away. Unexpected doesn't even begin to cover it. You HAVE to watch it. Sam always seems to surprise me. This would have been a perfect song to grab all the girls' attention and be that sweet, romantic, strong guy that every girl wants. But he didn't go there. It's kind of a breath of fresh air in the country music scene right now. Watch the video. Listen to the album.

(still) Looking forward to:
Kacey Musgraves new single "Biscuits" out TOMORROW March 17
Kelsea Ballerini's debut album out May 10 (loved her EP!)
Maddie & Tae's debut album out June 2 (loved their EP too!)
Charlie Worsham's next album. Yep, still on the list. =)

What have you guys been listening to?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Music Monday

Holy cow! Is it Monday already?!? I guess it is.... I was (and am still) distracted by this amazing weather! No not, Thursday where we ended up with almost 3 inches of snow. (Ick, Nashville! What is up with that? I moved south to get away from all that...) I think it might finally be spring! YESS!!! Happy girl! =) Anyways, this week brought a few new things and a couple old ones. Here's what I was listening to last week:


Rachel Potter "Not so Black and White" (Country New Release March 03, 2015) - I have to admit. I had never actual heard of Rachel before this past week, but when I heard the first track, I was sold. It's really quite an interesting album. She has performed on Broadway and her theatrical side really comes through on this country album. It's still pretty new of an album for me, but I've gone back to it throughout the week, which is a great sign for me. There's something about her unique style that intrigues me. And wow, the girl can sing! Just listen to the first track "Zero to Sixty". Wow. My favorites are definitely "Zero to Sixty", "Sit Here Next to Me", and "Gonna Get Burned". If the idea of a country album with a show-tunes type vibe intrigues you, definitely check this one out.


Daisy Mallory "This Side of Town EP" (Country Released July 11, 2014) - Daisy sings at Cross Point once in a while and I wanted to check out some of her music. I haven't given this one much love yet, but I think my favorite is going to be "I Remember Everything."


Hillsong Young and Free "This Is Living - EP" (Christian Worship New Release Jan 13, 2015) - I'm still listening to this from last week. I love it. I can't say that enough. If you like worship music, please buy this.


Dierks Bentley "Up On A Ridge" (Bluegrass Released June 04, 2010) - Dierks can do no wrong in my book. I'm not much for the big names, but Dierks and Keith Urban are just fantastic. Don't get me wrong, all the big names are great...it's just that...like I said before, I have a thing for the smaller names, "undiscovered", non-radio, whatever you want to call it, talent. The big names just tend to get overplayed in my book. Okay, I'll quite. =) But I do love Dierks, I love bluegrass, and I love this album. And PS. It's got the Punch Brothers on it..see later point.


Raelynn "For a Boy - Single" (Country New Release March 09, 2015) - It's probably cheating to put this on here since it was just release today, but I'm gonna do it anyways! Because it's awesome! And I had on repeat for a couple hours. Because that how's I roll. =) If you like any of her other stuff, this one won't disappoint you!

(still) Looking forward to:
Kelsea Ballerini's debut album out May 10 (loved her EP!)
Maddie & Tae's debut album out June 2 (loved their EP too!)
Canaan Smith debut album out March 24 (loved his first single "Love You Like That")
Kacey Musgraves new single "Biscuits" out March 17 (and I'm patiently waiting for her next album too!)
Punch Brothers album "The Phosphorescent Blues". It was out in January, but it's one of those albums that's unique and you know you need to be in the right mood for, and I just haven't been yet. Plus, the cover creeps me out... Anyone else agree?
AND Charlie Worsham's next album. He's my favorite. He'll be on this list until his next album comes out (and he still is on this list). His first album never gets old. Enough said...

What have you guys been listening to?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Music Monday

I"m gonna do music Monday! Or something like that.... because, well I love music. I listen to and purchase an insane amount of music. I don't do spotify or radio because, I like to be my own DJ and typically like songs that wouldn't be deemed "radio" (among other things). I'm an iTunes girl. Love hate relationship, but that's where I'm at right now. I typically listen to mostly country, though country music artists seem to have taken a hiatus the past few months and that's got me branching out. I've found that I love Christian music, be it worship music, pop, or hip-hop, there's just something that soothes my soul. (Maybe it's God? Genius Jessica...lol). I grew up in pop, and have dabbled in pretty much everything. I like it all. My love is country music though. All of it - classic country, pop country, bluegrass, EVERYTHING. I have not met country music that I haven't appreciated. Anyways, here's what I was listening to last week:


Aaron Watson "The Underdog" (Country New Release Feb 17) - Holy crap, did you see he debuted at number 1? How fantastic! I wish I could say I was a part of this magic, but I wasn't. I find that if I'm not in the mood for the type of music (he's what I consider more classic, honky-tonk-ish country and just wasn't into that last week), then I don't ever listen to it and I also don't return to it. BUT, I did download the first track "The Prayer" and wow! Just wow. Let's just say his album is absolutely on the top of my list when I'm in the mood for this type of music.


Love and Theft "Whiskey on My Breath" (Country New Release Feb 10) - Again, I wasn't in the mood for this, but I downloaded a couple songs that tripped my trigger at the moment - "Whiskey on My Breath" and "Like I Feel It". The first is what I would call a sobering song and not just because it's about whiskey (haha, I'm not funny), but because it's about being broken down and pulling yourself out. The harmonies are just fantastic in it. So good. And "Like I Feel It" is just a great love song.


Hillsong Young and Free "This Is Living - EP" (Christian Worship New Release Jan 13) - I can't describe how much I love this. I'm such a sucker for acoustic versions of anything. Like, literally. And the 2 versions of "This is Living" are so different and they're both so fantastic. I love that I finally have something with Lecrae in it too! Really good. And of course it's got Sinking Deep in it which I've had the pleasure of hearing live at Cross Point twice in the past couple weeks. I just love this one. This was what I was listening to more than 50% of the time last week and I'm sure I'll find myself putting it on repeat many more times.


Davis the Band "Only Your Love - EP" (Christian Worship New Release Feb 24) - I should probably confess my love for EP's and "unknown" artists and just generally overlooked music. (Again, why I don't listen to the radio...) This was on the tails of Hillsong and Cross Point's worship night and really wanted some more worship music. Victoria's voice is just beautiful and they complement each other so well. My favorite is the title track "Only Your Love". I love the track, but I also hear it as a slower acoustic version and I can't wait to make that happen on my guitar.

Looking forward to:
Kelsea Ballerini's debut album out May 10 (loved her EP!)
Maddie & Tae's debut album out June 2 (loved their EP too!)
Canaan Smith debut album out March 24 (loved his first single "Love You Like That")
Kacey Musgraves new single "Biscuits" out March 17 (and I'm patiently waiting for her next album too!)
AND Charlie Worsham's next album. He's my favorite. He'll be on this list until his next album comes out. His first one never gets old. Enough said...

What have you guys been listening to?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tears

This is in response to Annie's post found here.

I started to writing about how we're taught that emotions are a sign of weakness, but I don't feel preachy today, so I erased it and I'll just skip ahead to the question...

What do you find in your tears? When you cry or if you were to let yourself cry, what would your tears be for? Would they be for a person, a situation, yourself? Annie said something in her post that hit me like a ton of bricks and hasn't left me yet. Our tears tell us what matter most. After I read that, I started thinking about where my tears come from. And you know what? She's exactly right. They do tell me what matters most.

I believe our tears are some of our strongest prayers. Our tears come from the depths of our hearts and that's where the things that really matter to us come from. Sometimes we don't even realize that they matter so much to us. Lately my tears have all come from the same place and you know what? I knew that this mattered to me. That I cared very deeply. But until I read this line about our tears telling us what matters most to us, I didn't fully realize exactly how much I cared. I challenge you to take a look at your life. Really take a look at it. And find out where your tears come from.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Safe

Every time I hear sirens, every time I see those flashing lights, I say a prayer. I used to work with someone who was a volunteer firefighter. And he said something to me that I'll never forget. He told me that the hardest part of a firefighter's job isn't a fire, it's the calls that come in for suicides and suicide attempts. I had never thought about who responds to those types of calls. And I had never thought about how hard that would be. I honestly can't imagine being a responder to anything like that. My brother had a roommate who committed suicide. And I had a friend who would call me late at night, drunk, and sit on the phone with me for hours talking about how he was going to kill himself. I still remember that first call, scared out of my mind that he might actually try to do something. Again, I can't even imagine responding to a call like that.
Every time these men and women go to work, they put their lives down for us - to protect us - to keep us safe.




This video (Katie Armiger's "Safe") was from last January but it still sits with me in a way that I will never shake. And rightfully so because it's a powerful statement. While it's maybe not totally accurate (as I'm pretty sure they don't call the spouse to the scene of a fire lol), I still love it. If you haven't seen it, be prepared though, it's a hard one to watch.

Anyways, I've just been thinking a lot about this and wanted to share my thoughts. I hope everyone's having a great week! Say a prayer for all the firefighters and first responders out there!

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