Posts Tagged ‘ music ’

Where The Pen Drops – Guest Post on Penelope Reece’s Blog

It’s been a busy week in Kenny’s world. Today, you can read the guest post I wrote (“Where The Pen Drops”) on Penelope Reece’s blog (she’s the author of the YA paranormal novel Phantasma). She’s also written a review of Aversion. Click here for the link.

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Haunting The Subconscious

They claw their way into our subconscious, ever so slowly, then plant their seeds in the unknowing fertilizer of our brain cells, multiplying till we can’t stop thinking about them. Catchy tunes! Or more specifically, catchy tunes that don’t know when to stop haunting us! It’s almost the end of the year (gasp) and as I was listening to an online radio station yesterday, I realised that I have become mildly obsessed with a few tunes in the last few months which have refused to do the decent thing and go away after the prescribed amount of listens (okay I just made that last bit up). I like the fact that I light up whenever I hear said songs but sometimes I wish I could find the willpower to press “skip” when they come on. So how do I propose to expel these little demons? By sharing them here, of course. It’s not a long list but I can’t stop humming them to myself so I might as well burden you lot with them (sharing is caring). Some crept in from the end of last year, and most seem to be indie or folk songs but I (surprisingly) have a couple of pop country music tunes in there. What is happening to me? Is this what it feels like to be grown up? Have “mature” taste in music? If it is, I guess it’s not too bad. But someone has to stop me when I start listening to anti-folk music. I have to draw the line somewhere.

  1. Hey Ho – The Lumineers
  2. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
  3. Home is Wherever I’m With You  – Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes
  4. Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
  5. Tongue Tied – Grouplove
  6. Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran (so glad he finally released this as a single!)
  7. Lost in You – Three Days Grace
  8. Brighter Than The Sun – Colbie Caillat
  9. Wonderful – Angel
  10. Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye
  11. Video Games – Lana Del Ray
  12. Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum
  13. Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean (feat Kelly Clarkson)

Now that I’ve reminded myself of all of them, it’s time to visit YouTube and listen to them again. Bliss! And yes, you guessed write. Writing them down did nothing to expunge them.

Soundtrack To My Life 2

After last month’s initiation of the Soundtrack To My Life series, I’ve put together a list of my all time favourite Numetal/Grunge/Punk Rock songs. Okay, maybe not my “all time” favourite songs as I’ve tried to keep it to one song per artist/band (don’t ask me why I stopped at 39) but there are so many more songs I could put against each artist/band’s name so maybe I’ll post a third list in the future for the same genre. And yes, I know some of them are incredibly cheesy and commercial but the heart loves what the heart loves…

  1. Echo – Trapt
  2. Cold – Crossfade
  3. Diary of Jane – Breaking Benjamin
  4. I Hate Everything About You – Three Days Grace
  5. In The End – Linkin Park
  6. She Hates Me – Puddle of Mudd
  7. Outside – Staind
  8. The Outsider – A Perfect Circle
  9. We’re All To Blame – Sum 41
  10. The River – Good Charlotte
  11. Island In The Sun- Weezer
  12. Stricken – Disturbed
  13. Sound Effects and Overdramatics – The Used
  14. Question! – System of A Down
  15. Always – Saliva Continue reading

Soundtrack to My Life 1

I really, really, really like listening to music. I know a lot of people say the same but for me it’s a bit of an obsession. I’m not an obsessive fan of any one artist/band (ehem) but I love having music played at every point of the day. As I get dressed for work, as I start my commute to work, as I sit at my desk drawing/typing away, as I head off home after work, as I take a shower, as I carry out chores, as I sit and ponder about life…I could go on but you get the gist. Anyway I recently started posting my “Song of the Week” on my Facebook fan page  and hope to carry on for as long as I can muster the courage to share my eclectic taste in music with the world. This new feature got me thinking about what songs might be stuck in my head that I’d be too embarrassed to share. Just over a year ago I promised I’d put together a playlist of my favourite “easy listening” songs for a friend of mine. I can’t remember why I thought it was a brilliant idea to burden her with this but she was really good about it and listened to a fair number of them (thanks for humouring me, F). I just rediscovered the list of 40 songs and gasped at the number of songs on it that were heavily influenced by all the “Adult Alternative” stations I was listening to at that point in my life. The good thing is most of them are songs that always bring a smile to my face whenever I come across them so I’m not too embarrassed to put them up here. Hope you enjoy a glimpse into my mind and maybe I’ll put up another list in the future – I have a disturbing amount of grunge/nu-metal songs on my iPod that would love to see the light of day.  

1. Matt Nathanson – Come On Get Higher
2. Vertical horizon – Everything You Want
3. Tal Bachman – She’s So High
4. Erasure – Respect
5. The Wallflowers – Closer To You
6. Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me
7. O.A.R. – Heard the World
8. Matchbox Twenty – Push
9. Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
10. Uncle Kracker – Smile
11. Mat Kearney – Closer To love Continue reading

The Sound of Silence

Over the years whenever I’ve felt down, distressed or simply in need of motivation, I’ve found myself resorting to music to save me from despair. I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of people but I sometimes worry about my overreliance on the comfort of a good song. I don’t often think this but it occurs to me when I receive frowns at work because I’m plugged in on the day of a deadline and bobbing my head along to a song (so much better than listening to other people freak out around you when you’re trying to concentrate). I guess the only awkward thing about my habit is that I don’t listen to what the majority would call soothing or inspirational music. For some reason, loud headbanging tunes are what help me relax the most (oh, the paradox!). It probably helps that I never pay too much attention to lyrics; I am more interested in how the music fills me up and distracts me from reality.

Unfortunately this blissful experience has started to draw close to an end. In the last couple of months I’ve developed a strange reaction to songs – whenever I listen to these supposedly calming tunes, I’ve actually started to hear what the artist has to say! It’s not that I haven’t ever listened to lyrics before (duh, that would be weird), it’s just that it has taken me years to open my ears to the real meaning of lyrics I’ve been listening to all this time and the effect is shocking. Continue reading

Sing it from the heart

I’m really excited about this post. A friend of mine has a single which is being released  soon and its a pretty good song (which sounds even more amazing live – and i’m not just saying that because I know him). It’s getting some airplay on the radio as well (it’s on Surrey’s Brooklands Radio on Sunday) so please ring in and request it if it comes to your local station. Even better, buy it on itunes when it comes out. I’m hoping this will be the first of many music themed posts on here. Support good music people!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYBy8VshzMg

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