Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Song of the Day: The World Spins Madly On by The Weepies

"The World Spins Madly On" Sometimes a song has you at the title. There is hardly any need to explain the beauty of this song, but since this is a blog which often implies there is some form of writing, I'll do my best. To me, the beauty of this song is not only in the tone of the guitars and the graceful harmony and melody, it is in the message. It is the message that we all want to hear- that no matter what happens as we walk through this crazy thing called life, it'll all be okay. With that message, the catchy-ness of the song is just icing on the cake. Oh and don't forget to marvel at this simple yet brilliantly done video by a guy named Nick Ryan Chavez. I think he has a promising future ahead of him. :) Check it out:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Song of the Day: Beating Drums by Dave Gerard

Sometimes the most attention grabbing songs are the ones that softly tell the truth. Dave Gerard definitely has one of those voices that speaks to people. With just one note, you feel compelled to rapt attention. Truth has always been a treasure to me. It takes a brave person to be able to reveal what they feel and think without a measure of concealment. Dave seems to specialize in these types of songs. Here is his site:
Please go take a listen and prepare yourself for entry into a contemplative zone like no other.

Beating Drums S-A-W 1 by DaveGerard

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Song of the Day: Ambient 1 by Brian Eno

I often talk about the way music affects people because it has affected me in so many positive ways. For instance, when I feel upset about something I write it in a song. And when I can't sleep, the same solution presents itself. If you suffer from insomnia, I prescribe several listens of this beautiful song. Let it be your natural cure ;)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Song of the Day: Hot Like the Sun by Floco Torres

I am not exaggerating when I say this song has LIVED in my head for the past few months. I worked outside at summer camp and at random and amusing moments during the day Floco's song would start playing in my head. There is no need for an explanation as to why when you give it a listen. It's on fire! Hey, it is hot like the sun. ;)

If you're in Macon, make sure you catch him with Jubee at the 567 @ 7:30. Stay for the whole show. It's bound to be superb with this line up of talent!

Read my past interview with Floco here: Floco Interview

Friday, August 13, 2010

Song of the Day: Telephone by Caleb Grimes

There are often times when I don't pick my song of the day, it picks me. Caleb Grimes is an emerging artist from Georgia who has some catchy tunes. Take "Telephone" for instance- and no not the Ga Ga song- it truly does ring in your ears for hours, even days after hearing it. His music is like a combination of every down-to-earth, calming alternative musician playing over the radio waves. Hopefully, one day you will hear this on your way to work or play. Then you'll be able to say you heard it first at Music Gems. ;)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Song of the Day: Le temp nous dira by Ludo Pin

I love French music. I love the French language in general. I dearly love their cafe and acoustic music. There are so many talented musicians around the world that America knows nothing about. I dearly wish we'd play more international music on the radio. Why close our country and our radio stations off to the majority of the music from other cultures? Granted some "break through" but they shouldn't have to go through all that trouble to get us to tune in a little more and spot those foreign and lovely musical gems. If you care to start with Ludo Pin's romantic yet catchy tune, be my guest!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Song of the Day: Goodnight Goodnight by Sean Atkins

I believe everyone has a unique love story to tell. Ironically, though our expression of love in life differs, the word choices we use in songs are often very similar. That being said, it's nice to find a sweet love song with a unique setting and perspective and colorful word choice. It takes a strong writer to be able to offer variety of character without removing the strength and familiarity of the sentiment. That writer would be Sean Atkins:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Song of the Day: Golden Arrows by Dynasty Electric

There is something so enticing about an electronic/rock mix with delicate vocals. Dynasty Electric certainly rocks this combination and rocks it well. This song is particularly reminiscent of Goldfrapp and PJ Harvey if they decided to combine forces. You might even throw in a little Lady Gaga. It's the kind of song you might find on a bad ass tunes to take on the world to mix cd of sorts. This Brooklyn band is certainly electric in every sense of the word.

Whatever their sound is, go decide for yourself.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Song of the Day: Darling Dear by The Bella Birds

When I think of a group of singing birds, I immediately relate it to the happiness of spring. Instantaneously, my mind is flooded with images of a bright, blue sky and plenty of trees filled with colorful birds whose communication is musical at the core. The Bella Birds live up to this imagery with "Darling Dear". It is a happy, poppy, acoustic jig that will leave your ears begging for more.

I may be bias because I have the honor and privileged of opening for them at the Wonderroot on August 24th, but they are truly talented. If you're in the Atlanta area, come check it out! It's bound to be a fun show. :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Song of the Day: People Should Get More Aware by Bird Names

Maybe it's the College age group, but in recent years I have seen my friends and people around my town open their minds to experimental music. If music is essentially about expressing oneself then why must we box ourselves into a verse-chorus-verse existence? In my experience, people can rarely fit into a box or a label. Neither can this song...but it's wildly addicting. Such a great Chicago based band called Bird Names. Check them out:

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Song of the Day: "The End To..." by Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Is it me or do a lot of hopeful songs also happen to be melodic and acoustic? Perhaps that is simply my vision of hopefulness and happiness, but this song is oozing with a natural sweetness. If you haven't heard of them already, definitely take a listen to all that the Holy Ghost Tent Revival has to offer. It is a glorious blend of playful and serious, of oldies and modern.
<a href="">The End To... by Holy Ghost Tent Revival</a>

Friday, August 6, 2010

Song of the Day: Release by She Keeps Bees

If music is like medicine, then sometimes you need a prescription. If I were the "music doctor" I would prescribe this for any anger-inducing problems you may be experiencing in your life. Sometimes you just need raw guitar, drums, and vocals stripped of hype, telling you like it is. It truly is releasing hearing "She Keeps Bees" singer, Jessica Larrabee grunge it out a little for us. Now I "release" you! Go listen! ;)