So I haven’t blogged in a while. Shame on me I guess. Things just kind of got really hectic school. Honestly, it’s probably a sad excuse. I mean, how long has it been? a year? In a year I had time to go on Facebook and Twitter and Tumbler. So really, I guess I don’t have much of an excuse at all. Anyways, I guess I will get to the point. A long time ago, probably right before I started this blog, I looked online for a bunch of challenges for blogging and art and other types of writing as well. After I had gathered a bunch of these creative challenges I stored them in my computer and never really looked at them again. Upon sitting on my bed kind of bored I have remembered them for some reason or another, and decided that maybe I would give them a go. This one is a rather popular blog challenge called “The 30 Day Blog Challenge”. The site that I got it from claimed no copyright or anything, saying that it did not belong to them either. I have yet to find the originator of this blog challenge. So in that case, I will go on doing this blog challenge with out a credit. My apologies. I’ve decided that I’m going to do this blog challenge at my own rate. I’m not going to stay on any kind of pace or schedule with it. Basically, some days I might do two or three blogs, and other days I might not write anything at all. I don’t really find it a big deal I am just trying to get myself to start writing a little more. I have been rather sloppy with both my art and my writing, unfortunately. I’ve been a bit of a creative slump and I am hoping the breakout. So without further introduction, here’s the start of this challenge.
The first blog that I’m supposed to write is about my favorite song. However, I find that a really silly and broad question. Can anyone really have a favorite song? I mean, perhaps it’s just me, but I go through a lot of phases and I tend to like more than one genre at a time. So, instead of really talking about any favorite song I’m just going to talk about a few of the artists that I love right now. I mean over time this may change and there are some that have always been my favorite band or artist. One case in point is avenged sevenfold. They’ve been my favorite band for years, so I really don’t see a point in including them in this blog. Right now there are really five artists that I am into that I may have neglected to recognize in the past. So I thought I would talk about those for artists now.
The first artist that I have been a little obsessed with since December is Regina Spektor. I don’t really know what came over me but this one night I was sitting on my bed and started singing “Fidelity”. At one point my life, I didn’t appreciate this song so much. I actually disliked it. However, when I started singing it. Something came over me that was begging me to listen to it. So I walked over to my laptop and went to YouTube and typed in “Fidelity”. For the first time in ever i started to actually listen to the words, not the annoying chorus. The more I listen to the song, the more I realized how much I identified with it. I felt silly for not liking the song and before I knew it I was listening all of her music. I have to say that I feel her best album was “Begin to Hope”. I’ve been contemplating purchasing her first album because lately I’ve really been obsessed with the song “The Calculation”. I did was knew a few of her songs from “Soviet Kitsch”. However, I am not a big fan of that album. There’s just something different about it. I like Regina because of her uniqueness with lyrics. Everything is very childlike but at the same time very true. Her lyrics are cute and sometimes ridiculous, and a good way. There were two songs that I did like from “Soviet Kitsch” which were “Sailor Song” and “Poor Little Rich Boy”. I felt that that was the most familiar stuff on the album. Generally, I’m not one to want the same album produced each time. However, I just felt that “Soviet Kitsch” wasn’t as playful as the other two. Either way I think that Spektor is a very amazing and talented singer and songwriter. She’s the number one artists I am obsessing with right now and I would recommend her to pretty much anyone between the ages of 20 and 40.
The second person that I really like right now is Gin Wigmore. She did a lot of commercials lately and she’s gonna be on 2013 Warped Tour. She has a very retro style very 20s jazz. Her vocals are very unique. They’re kind of gritty and raspy, I think that’s the word. I find her music be more mysterious than Regina’s. The thing about her music is that even though there is a very prominent flavor of 20s jazz, you can hear other genres inside of each song. For instance, in the song, “I do”, there’s a hint of Rasta. Everything that Gin does really is different and I feel that for the most part her music is for of music lover that is into things that aren’t mainstream or in the norm. Her most popular hits probably “Man Like That”, which was on a Heineken commercial. And I do also believe that “Don’t Stop” was on a commercial as well, but I’m not sure which kind of commercial that one was used for.
I’m probably really late… But actually I’ve been really into Minnie Driver’s CDs. I’m a very big fanatic of Phantom of the Opera and she played La Carlotta, a very snobby soprano diva. The character wasn’t supposed to be likable and actually you were supposed to dislike her. She plays the main characters rivalry and she acts like a high school-er. But any effect. Let’s talk about the music. She’s not opera singer nor did she tend to sing at the high octaves. she actually sings at a more alto tone. her songs are pretty and poppy with a little country flair.I really enjoy “My Beloved” and “Invisible Girl”, but my favorite song is definitely “Complicated Man”. If you believe that that song was an addition to the album if you bought the whole thing on iTunes. I don’t really know what you would characterize her as, possibly adult alternative. But her songs are very beautiful and they flow like liquid. Honestly, if you want to relax or be inspired I would recommend Driver.
Ingrid Michelson is been really big on my list lately too. by means of lyrics she’s kind of close to Regina Spektor. Her lyrics are very simplistic and childlike, the difference is Michelson’s lyrics are very straightforward about what’s going on in the song where Spektor’s tends to be a little more poetic and possibly sometimes not even make sense. Michelson has a very clear and sweet voice compared to Spektor’s. She also has been a very popular musician for commercials lately. I know for a fact that I’ve heard “Be Ok” on television before, but I’m pretty sure there’s more. maybe her lyrics are a little cliché, but for some reason I find them charming and enchanting.
I have a love-hate relationship with Adele. I never really listened to any of her music. When she came out and I didn’t mind her music, but it wasn’t my type of music. It started at once Christmas started when I had an iTunes card. I accidentally bought her album by clicking the wrong button. You can guess this time I was less than pleased, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to do. It’s online. It’s not like I can just demand a refund. So, I decided to make the best of it and listen to the album and possibly force myself to like it. The album actually wasn’t all that bad and eventually I actually started liking some of the songs. I never bought her other stuff, although I have formed some kind of addiction with “Someone Like You”, but my best friend gives me crap about it all the time. So, personally I’m not quite sure where Adele and I stand. Do I love heard or do I hate her? I’m not even sure; however I might never find out. But if feeling moody and or independent or all-out calm Adele is definitely something that’s good to listen to.
All these musicians are very different in many different ways and I use them at different times. When I’m feeling creative, generally I listen to Regina Spektor. If I’m feeling loved I listen to Ingrid Michelson. If I’m sad and it’s raining I probably listen to Adele. I enjoy listen to Gin Wigmore when I am on a very long bus ride out of the city… Every weekend. And for Minnie Driver, I have to be in the mood. It these musicians a lot lately and I just formed a connection with them, that I never would’ve formed in high school. In high school is all about rock and metal. I had no space for other genres, at least not tell people about.
Either way I hope that this blog wasn’t too crappy. As I said this is my first blog in a very long time and I really need to start blogging again. If you have time, you should look up these artists. If they are not for you I’m sure I could probably find a bunch of other musicians that you would like. Pardon my language, but I’m quite the genre whore. On that note, I think I’ll wrap up this blog.