One of the best things about music is there is never any shortage of it. One of the worst things about music is how do you find the best of it!?
Pandora, Last.FM and Grooveshark are the best answers to this dilemma. Not only do you have the ability to choose artists and genres to play, these sites will play similar music on your very own “stations”. You can create playlists, some you can even upload your own music if they don’t have it!
For instance, on my Pandora I have a “Young the Giant Radio”. This channel plays anyone from Phoenix to Sunny Levine. New indie artists that I never would have heard on the FM stations in the car. With profiles, bios and options to buy the songs right there the stations are a major boon for artists as well as listeners.
And what if you don’t like a song that they choose? Well, you simply have to hit the nifty little thumbs down button. The station will not play that song again and avoid similar songs in the future.
When I want to escape the Top 40 inundation this is where I turn.
The internet is a beautiful thing for music these days. Go explore!
There’s a great point in the movie Jerry Maguire when Marcy confronts Jerry about her husband’s contract negotiations. She berates him and finally yells, “What do you stand for!?”
In music I believe the best people to work with are those who stand for something. Whether that thing is social reform, education on the truth about drugs, human rights awareness or simply those who play music to show the joy in creating.
Artists who have as their goal to get big “just to get big” are ultimately going to lose the game. What are you going to DO with yourself once you are “big”? You will have this huge audience of people that are all looking up to you. Don’t you want to say you stand for something bigger than yourself?
True, it can be a hard road. There are people who will try and stop you. There are people who will tell you to just play music and shut up. But there will be a lot more people who will listen. There will me more people who respect you. And ultimately you will feel better about yourself as a person.
I am not the only one who thinks so! Musicians as role models:
Bono – One Foundation
Eric Clapton – Crossroads Music Festival
John Mayer – Another Kind of Green
Interested in learning what other celebrities are involved in which charities? More than just musicians are on this site: Look To The Stars
So… what do you stand for?
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Okay, so if there’s one thing you should know about me it’s this: I LOVE Pop music. All kinds of pop, from Backstreet Boys, John Mayer, The Beatles even to Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. That generic packaged pop sound = love.
I know, I know, normally blogs like this are to be UN-conforming. However I’m going to write a blog soon about how dynamic pop is. I bet you’d be surprised at how many pop bands you like as well!
Now, I don’t ONLY like pop and I don’t ONLY listen to pop. My taste goes all over the place and I listen to all genres. The last few months one particular genre has taken over my life:
Piano rock. Most rock music is based around the guitar however piano rock is based around… you guessed it! The piano.
Piano rock became popular in the 1970s, starting with artists such as Elton John and Bruce Springsteen and has continued to this day with the likes of Ben Folds, Augustana and The Fray.
Here are some of my favorite examples of Piano rock:
Augustana – “Fire” and classic, “Boston”
Ben Folds – “Annie Waits” and “Still Fighting It” (*in fact, the entire Rockin’ The Suburbs album is great and you should just go buy it)
The Fray – “Little House” and “How To Save A Life”
So what say you on Piano Rock?
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I bet the only question on your mind right now is “What the hell is Wrock?” Wrock stands for “Wizard Rock”. It’s a genre of rock music that originated sometime between 2002 and 2004. Wizard Rock bands are known by their humorous songs regarding… the Harry Potter universe.
Okay. I admit it. I am a crazy fan of Harry Potter. I was at Barnes & Noble for every release of the book (besides the first & second one) and one year I even dressed up. (>.>) I’ve read the books a gazillion (it’s a number) times. I’ve been to Harry Potter land multiple times now and even have the year pass to go whenever I can.
So of course when I heard about these “Harry Potter bands” (shout out to Paul for showing me!) I went home and googled whatever I could. What I found was fan.tas.tic.
*Note: I think you really do have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy them. For the most part they only talk about people, places and things regarding the book.
Here are a few of the ones I really dug:
Ministry of Magic (Check out “Gryffindor Rally Cry” or “Accio Love”)
Harry and the Potters (Check out “Phoenix Song”)
Draco and the Malfoys (Check out “Potions Yesterday”)
If you’re interested in checking out a few more:
The Remus Lupins, The Whomping Willows, Justin Finch-Fletchley, The Moaning Myrtles, Gred and Forge.
I’m sure there are a ton more! If I missed one you really love, send it over and I’ll put it up!
What do you think of Wrock?
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