Thursday, June 23, 2016

Music to my ears

To be honest, I have no writerly blog post planned. It's 9pm and I'm watching Hemlock Grove on Netflix. It's an interesting show. Like a dirtier, slower, less sexy version of The Vampire Diaries. It's not....great.

Anyway, let's talk music. I mostly listen to my old shit -- largely 90s alternative music, or new albums from bands that I fell in love with in the 90s (ala The Afghan Whigs, Radiohead, Tori Amos). Only recently have I purchased new music, new as in from this year-ish.

It's not that I don't listen to new music. I have a Sirius subscription I'm pretty committed to. But I don't make a point of purchasing new stuff to listen to on iTunes. Except, lately I have.

Most recently, I bought three new albums that couldn't be more different from each other.

1. Ryan Adam's 1989 -- Yup. He covered Taylor Swift's new album and not in an ironic way. Listen, I love Taylor Swift's lyrics. Put it to Ryan Adams' bluesy, sultry voice and I'm in love. His cover of "Blank Space" is off the hizzou. I highly recommend.

2. Halsey's Badlands -- Okay, Halsey (a fellow Jersey girl) is badass. I found her on YouTube while I was admittedly searching for fanvids of The Raven Cycle (don't judge me). My favorite songs are: Drive, Young Gods, Gasoline, and Colors. She drops the F bomb a lot, something I have to remember when I'm playing her in the car while I drive my kids around. I feel like her music could be the inspiration for a slew of dark YA mysteries. I will channel her for my next project.

3. Troye Sivan's Blue Neighbourhood -- I also found him on YouTube while searching for Halsey music. Don't ask me how they connect. His Blue Neighbourhood video trilogy is romantic, tragic, and flipping amazing -- and it's about two boys in love! I'm smitten with this kid.

Anyway, I swear I'm not this old-sounding in real life. They say your music tastes are fully formed in your high school/college years, which makes sense if you factor in nostalgia. And time. I went to way more concerts in my 20s than I do now. Why the hell are concerts on Tuesday nights? Who can go to those?

What music are you listening to? Suggest me something. I'm open to the possibilities. 


Brenda St John Brown said...

I love Halsey! But, yeah...not so kid-friendly. I think "Gasoline" is my favorite. I like Sia a lot and I've been listening to "Lighthouse" by G.R. L on repeat for no reason whatsoever. Also Rachel Platten's "Lone Ranger" is better than "Fight Song." I'll have to check out your other recommendations. I really like Taylor Swift, but sometimes I need to take it down a notch. Mostly when stuck in traffic. The blues sound kind of perfect for that.

Kimberly G. Giarratano said...

I'm gonna check these out now! I love Sia too.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I must confess, my home station is set to 1970s rock, yes the songs of my youth. My car radio is set to contemporary Christian.

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