My Top 30 Albums of 2014 :: 20-16

My Top 30 Albums of 2014 :: 20-16 20. Transgender Dysphoria Blues :: Against Me! My thoughts (from my review in January): The album opens with an overwhelming feeling of celebration and freedom, and even where lyrically the challenges of singer’s Laura Jane Grace’s life-changing choices to live her authentic life, even in the lines that should be burdened with jaded stings and slings and scars, I still hear celebration. This is an uplifting album, one that fills me with a sonically driven, inspirational kick to follow my dreams. This will definitely be a go-to album when I need that push … Continue reading My Top 30 Albums of 2014 :: 20-16

New Release Tuesday :: June 3, 2014

New Release Tuesday :: My Top 5 :: June 3, 2014 1. Birdy :: Fire Within Birdy’s Sophomore album starts with the breathtaking Bon Iver cover of Skinny Love that I have been in love with since I heard it on the “Deluxe” version of her self-titled debut. I can’t count how many times I have slipped it into a playlist, or how that cover led me to play, and replay, the rest of her music. Her voice is complex, angelically light and vulnerable at one moment, heavy and dark the next. Her songwriting is the same. Heartbreaking at one moment, … Continue reading New Release Tuesday :: June 3, 2014

James Bay :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

Keep Art Alive :: Photo by  Republic Records Keep Art Alive :: The 10 Questions Project :: Featuring James Bay 1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art? Movies can be great for inspiration. Scenes will often contain the different ingredients you need for a song – be it a mood, a feeling or sometimes a whole lyric. So, they’ve worked pretty well in the past. Of course my favourite artists also inspire me to make music. Who I’m listening to often depends on how I feel and whatever it is I want to write … Continue reading James Bay :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project