As some of you may already know, last week, my good friend Luke Hill was hit by a truck walking home. He suffered a broken arm, ribs and bleeding in his brain. Along all of this, he has recovered from a craniotomy and had surgery on his arm to repair broken bones. It has been nothing short of a miracle to where he is right now, today – already out of ICU, out of progressive care, and into a room that requires less supervision. He has held real conversation, recognizes people, and today, even went for a short walk. His brain injury is improving drastically and it is all because of the prayers, support and God’s unfailing love and healing power.
Luke and his wife Charis have been friends of mine now for the past 7 years. They are some of the strongest, most brave people I know (even before all of this). I am astounded and so, so thankful for the community of Charlotte, all of his family and friends coming together in prayer and encouragement. Raising money, bringing meals to him and Charis, actively doing anything and everything they can.
Speaking of which, here are some ways you can donate some money for medical expenses, meals, and just show some love to the Hills!
• Donate to Luke’s medical expenses on GoFundMe here. We’ve almost hit our goal! SO amazing.
• Bring Luke a yummy meal on Take Them A Meal’s website by clicking here. (Last name: Hill, Password: 3570)
So, with all that being said, I wanted to dedicate today’s playlist to Luke! Starting off with one of his favourites, Thrice – In Exile. So enjoy, and keep on fighting Luke! We love you and are continuing to stand with you in prayer and faith during this time! :)
Happy Monday everyone! I am currently laying on the couch trying to get some work done (stayed home today), tea in hand, tissue box beside me and essential oils readily available, because I have the worst cold right now. Ugh. It’s pretty sucky, but I’ll be okay – I’m a tough cookie! ;)
So, this playlist is just some of what I’ve been listening to lately and all this morning. Actually, I just adore Sun Kil Moon and listen to him a lot. But recently, they’ve been on heavy rotation. Anyway, here’s today’s “Sick Day” Playlist. Lots of beautiful classical guitar sounds and somber melodies. Enjoy! Xo
Hey everyone! Boy, this year has been insane for new music and discovering rad artists/bands. I love it. It’s one of my favourite things to do…hence why I even created this music blog – to be able to share with you some of my favourite bands, artists, songs and videos.
That being said, I wanted to do a special post today about some of the up and coming bands you should definitely be on the lookout for. Either they’re brand spankin’ new, just recorded a new album, have new material comin’ atcha, or they’re just a band I hadn’t discovered and want to mention in this list. So, here they are:
1. Vinyl Thief – This Nashville-based band is a fave at the moment. This electro-rock band started up round 2012 with their Rebel Hill EP. They were featured in Paste Magazine as “A Band You Should Listen to Now” – and gosh, Paste was no where near wrong with that statement. The band creates music that, to me, is so mesmerizingly catchy, you’re sure to be latched on in no time. One of my favourite songs from their new album “Fathoms” is “Smooth” (<–Click to listen on SoundCloud). I wish sometimes I was still back in Nashville to catch them playing live! (One can hope they’ll come to Charlotte soon enough though!) The band is – Grayson Proctor (vocals, synth), Logan Purdom (guitar), Sam English (keys), & Andrew Broadway (drums). | Check out their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud and Youtube.
2. YØUTH – I’ve already raved enough about this talent-of-wonder, Julian Dente..so I won’t say too much more. My favourite track right now is “Breathing Easy” (<– Click to listen on SoundCloud). But seriously, expect nothing but sheer talent and amazing music to be created by this guy. I can’t wait for more songs to be released, new music videos, tour dates..the whole lot of it. BE ON THE LOOKOUT, for real. | Check out his Instagram,Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud and YouTube.
3. Katie Deter – This young Birmingham, Alabama-native is definitely a unique talent. Her folky, somewhat bluegrass sounds and sweet, girly vocals lend a whimsical, relaxing and endearing quality to her music. She is simple, honest and gentle in her lyrics, with an innocence about her, and yet there’s a touch of sass to them as well. Just take a listen as she sings about love, growing up, and yes, the DMV – you’ll get what I’m talking about. I can’t seem to choose a fave, they’re all so awesome – so, here ya go…listen to the whole “Brooklyn Sessions”here. | Check out her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
4. VÉRITÉ – I just recently discovered this phenomenal band from New York. At the moment they only have one single out called “Strange Enough” (<–Click to listen on SoundCloud) and I can’t seem to get it out of my head. Just take a listen and you’ll see what I mean. So, all this being said…make sure you’re watching for their next move, cus if the music they’re creating is as half as good as this single…it’s gonna be epic. | Check out their Instagram, Twitter, and SoundCloud.
5. Keaton Henson – Oh boy, oh boy! I have so many wonderful things to say about this UK-based artist. Henson’s songs are beautifully written, with lyrics that will crush you or uplift you. Amazingly enough, within these songs – that are pretty much ‘sung to the floor’ – they manage to lift listeners up somewhere around the heavens and make you feel all the emotions. Whatever Henson put emotionally into his songs, you’re going to feel it. His thin, tremulous voice, accompanied by either his clean-toned electric or 12-string acoustic guitar (and maybe occasionally accompanied by a cellist) make for an almost discomfortingly naked emotion in his music – the best kind, though. His sound reminds me of a cross-breed between Manchester Orchestra, Bombay Bicycle Club (ballads) and Sleeping At Last – so what’s not to love?! My favourite tracks by him are “Strawbear“, “Charon“, “You” and “Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us” (<–Click to listen on SoundCloud). (OH, and his music videos are the best!) | Check out Henson’s Instagram, SoundCloud, YouTube, Tumblr and Vimeo.
“The goal of the Dream Walking Society is to embrace the age of digital communication and to collaborate, experiment, and explore making music with musicians all over the world. The theme of each of our projects corresponds with the up and coming book series by Igor + André. Each album will act as a soundtrack to each book.“
I personally think it is a brilliant idea. A fresh, new take on music. And, again, something to be aware of and on the lookout for new projects, ideas and collabs. Also, the guys are always looking to collaborate, so if you are a musician interested in being a part of their projects, or if you are a director wanting to direct a music video, you can contact Tim Frost at Tim@thedreamwalkingsociety.com. | Check out their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Youtube and Tumblr.
So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed reading, listening and spending time with me today for this massive post! Make sure you check these bands and artists all out, and again…hawk eyes for these talented musicians. You don’t wanna skip a beat.
Hello, and happy Saturday! It has been quite some time since I’ve had the chance to sit down and actually concoct a Saturday blog post. The summer can do that, ya know? Early mornings to go to the pool, or beach…or just out in general. But today is a bit rainy, a bit gloomy…so what better time than now? Let’s jump right in!
Noah Gundersen. To simply say this Washington-native is talented would be a travesty of sorts. Okay, okay..maybe not THAT serious, but he is gifted beyond measure. His long awaited full-length album: “Ledges“, finally arrived in February 2014 and man, was it ever welcomed.
The 24-year old singer/songwriter shares history of his life with us, diving into vulnerable tales of love, heartache, death, and devotion, all immersed with a sense of familial intimacy. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, though. Gundersen’s sister Abby (her solo stuff is beeeeautiful as well) sings and plays strings, his brother provides drums, and various friends and relatives sing on the record. Besides, blood is thicker than water.
The album opens with “Poor Man’s Son” which is a slow and striving tune. After a few minutes it slowly transitions into what seems like a modified version of “Down to the River to Pray”. It was a one-take recording, and it carries that raw, intense, almost aggressive emotion with it, all while lingering on some beautiful harmonies. If you’re not sure what I mean by this, check out the live recording of this track:
Some of my favourite tracks on this album are:
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I think there’s a pattern in the last three tracks, causing me to love them so (not to mention having them on repeat). They are incredibly emotional, (mind you, the whole album is) and it’s shown in the harmonious belting out of lyrics towards the end. One of my favourite elements of this album is the family participation. These last three tracks wouldn’t be what they are without Abby’s vocals and harmonies – they’re just simply beautiful.
I won’t really give any more away, because I really do want you all to take the time to listen to the whole album. Noah’s ability to write, sing with such vigor and passion, and create timeless, mature and heart-wrenching tracks is unsurpassable. I will continue to listen to the Ledges album, as well as play my favourite songs over and over again until I get fed up…which will be never. So, on we go….
P.s. Here’s the official music video for “Ledges” – directed by my good Nashville buddy Cale Glendening. (Nothing short of amazing.)
Hey everyone! I’m really excited about today’s Video of the Week – it’s killer. If you’re familiar with Zac Farro, you know he’s always been a drummer. However, he recently dove into a different role, writing and recording for his new project HalfNoise – and it’s AWESOME. Atmospheric, a bit ambient, sometime’s mellow – comparable to Mew & Radiohead (for me, it’s the most influence I see)…all while clinging onto the sound of heavy drums and a musical expression that surpasses most. I won’t even try to explain it all myself, cus Zac does that perfectly here:
“As many of you may know, I am usually a drummer. But a few years ago I decided to see what writing and recording my own music would be like, HalfNoise. I made an EP in my house with a producer (Daniel James) and did a bit of touring. However it wasn’t until I played a few shows in New Zealand and spent a few months there that I really realised my passion.
In August of 2013, I went back to New Zealand and spent 7 months writing and recording the new HalfNoise album with my friend (producer) Daniel James. I wanted to experience life somewhere other than Nashville, Tenn and wanted to know how my writing would change being in such an amazing and beautiful place. I knew the trip would be exciting, but didn’t know it would be as life changing for me as it was. The people I met and the places where I visited/recorded were unlike any others Id seen before, and having toured for many years of my life I thought I had seen a lot. I wouldn’t have been able to write the album I did had I not spent that time there. The Album is called “Volcano Crowe” because we recorded the album at the bottom of a volcano and my friend Rowan Crowe was the reason I visited New Zealand in the first place.
Mountain is the first song I completed there, So I thought it would be fitting to share first.
This week’s featured music video is the one, the only, very much loved and raved about “Chandelier” by Sia. The first time I heard this song (which wasn’t that long ago, since it recently dropped in March) I was infected with it’s contagious beat, a tripping hip-hop vibe, along with a bit of bubbly electronica in the distance. Sia’s always been one of my favourite artists, constantly reinventing her music and debuting edgy, out-of-the-box hits. I mean, after all, she’s written and produced for the likes of Christina Aguilera (“You Lost Me”) to David Guetta (“Titanium”) to Ne-Yo(“Let Me Love You”) to Rihanna (“Diamonds”) to Britney (“Perfume”) Beyoncé (“Pretty Hurts”). Really, which major pop player hasn’t tapped her for a tune?
So, when I laid my eyes on the video for “Chandelier”, I was literally jaw-to-floor. The young dancer featured in the video is none other than “Dance Moms” star Maddie Ziegler– an 11-year old dancing phenom. Ziegler dazzles the viewers with head-spinning choreography. Kicking, leaping, crawling, falling, twirling and hiding herself behind window drapes, all while rocking a blonde “Sia” wig. It’s brilliant, dark, beautiful and emotional all at one time.
Sia’s always been an exceptional storyteller, and she tells the story of a cry for help, literally set to the song:
“The haunting tale details the Aussie’s personal struggles with alcoholism and prescription drugs when she was still pushing her solo career. In a rare interview last year, she told Billboard, “I was really unhappy being an artist. I was always a drinker but I didn’t know I was an alcoholic. Then I got seriously addicted to Vicodin and Oxycodone.” (Source)
Needless to say, the video is a must-watch. So, without further adieu, here it is: