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Day 298: Light To Follow by The Polyphonic Spree

15 May

Hey everyone! Sorry for not updating in a week! Between the music fest, being sick, and trying to maintain a healthy, college-life I’ve been a bit crazy busy.

Luckily, I have a really great song to post for you guys today!

A few months back I discussed one of my all time favorite bands The Polyphonic Spree (check out the previous blog post for my reasoning on why I think they are one of the most important bands of our generation). Their music is geared towards optimism, and it’s just such a great experience to listen to their powerful tunes of hope and happiness!

Today’s song is one that I think got kind of lost in the grand scheme of The Fragile Army (aka my favorite of their albums). It follows a really great song on the album, but it’s electronic/orchestral sound is a little off from what they normally do. However, when it came up on my iPod this last week, I was mesmerized by how amazing this song is. “Light To Follow” starts off small and simple with a beautiful chorus of Tim DeLaughter’s voice mixed with the female back up singers… but as the song goes on it builds up higher and higher leading to a dramatic exit. I adore the way this song sounds and, much like all of their other music, it’s just a really positive song to take in (especially if you’re having a rough day).

So, I hope you enjoy “Light To Follow” by the Polyphonic Spree and take the lyrics into your heart: “Everyone needs their own light they can follow…”

Also, check out The Fragile Army if you haven’t already. It is incredible.

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Day 220: It’s Just A Delta Spirit Kind Of Day (Children)

20 Jan

Hello again!

So my last post was about the alt-bluegrass/folky band Delta Spirit…

And while I was trying to think of another topic to talk about today, the only thing on my mind was Delta Spirit.

So instead of posting something completely different, I wanted to post another DS song that I love called “Children”.

This one is a bit different than the previous post (“Strange Vine”), mainly because it is much faster and much more “hopeful” sounding. I love this song because it pumps me up for the day and makes me wanna jump around!

So enjoy “Children” by Delta Spirit, and check out the post from earlier today for more info about the band and some of their other music!

Sorry for the live video… but, in a way I’m not… they are incredible live!!

Day 213: The Tree Of Life preview

13 Jan

Hey guys.

I want to post this preview, but before I do a big statement:

JUST WATCH IT. It’s incredibly beautiful and it pretty much makes me cry everytime I watch it!

Enjoy the preview for The Tree Of Life (2011)

Day 156: [THEME WEEK] Casmir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens

17 Nov

Hello today!

Once again, I present SUFJAN STEVENS THEME WEEEEEEK!

Sufjan under the stars

Today has been an odd one… It’s been full of good and bad, smiles and tears. So I’ve been honestly confused about my feelings all day long.

So when I tried to decide what song to pick for today’s post, I didn’t have any trouble picking “Casmir Pulaski Day”.

This song sort of reflects good and bad all in one. The music is simple: for the first part, a guitar lightly accompanies Sufjan’s voice. It’s beautiful and whimsical, but there is a little strange twist.

While it’s music is mesmerizing, the subject is quite sad: from what I can tell, the song is about one of Sufjan’s old loves, who dies of bone cancer.

So why do I pick this song for the blog? Because it is incredible. Even though it’s soft and sad, it is one of the strongest songs on the album. It’s gorgeous and it’s just…. like I can’t describe how wonderful it is.

The other night I had a perfect moment… I was walking through campus in the dark, with this song on, and it was like time stood still. The smell of the pine trees, the taste of my eggnog latte still lingering, the clouds overlapping in the navy light, the moon shining as bright as it could. It was incredible. I couldn’t even believe it.

When I hear this song, just the most wonderful thoughts come into my head. It’s like being in love.

So enjoy “Casmir Pulaski Day” by Sufjan Stevens, and hopefully you’ll feel the same way as me. (leave me a comment and let me know what you think)

*EDIT: better link for the song!

Day 153: [THEME WEEK!!] Sufjan Stevens (and his magical powers) “The Lakes Of Canada”

14 Nov

Hello there!

So, as I promised the last two days, I am starting a THEME WEEK!

What is this theme week about? Well, let me explain.

The last few weeks (aka month) have been very difficult. Due to school/family/computer/and health problems, I’ve been more than a little under the weather in health and spirit. While my friends have been there for me (and I appreciate all the love and help I’ve been receiving from them), I’ve still been down in the dumps.

But what has gotten me through to a week of stress-free thinking is the wonderful man with a banjo: Sufjan Stevens.

Fig. 1.1: Sufjan Stevens and his banjo.

With the release of his newest masterpiece “The Age Of Adz” (which is incredible… check it out if you can!), my interest in Sufjan spiked for the first time. Yes, I had heard him in the past, but it was more of that “second-glance-not-really-listening-but-saying-you-like-them” type of situations (In fact, in my mind, he was just a really cute guy who played banjo… see fig. 1.1). So I felt like a jackal when I picked up a copy of his “Illinois” album (more on that later in the week) and fell in love hard core.

Today’s song by him is incredible. It’s a cover of an already beautiful song, but somehow he has captured it in a way that I didn’t think was humanly possible. Just him and a banjo on a rooftop, singing to no one and everyone all at the same time.

Enjoy “The Lakes of Canada”, a cover by Sufjan Stevens.

Day 104: The Wilderness Downtown

1 Sep

Hello there! If this is your first time on the site, be sure to check out the about page at the top for more info on my project! Also, sign the guestbook (also located in the top)!

I know I said I was going to post some pictures of California for tonight’s blogpost, but I discovered something today that can’t go unnoticed.

Being a journalism student, we are encouraged to look into new technologies that could potentially change my career in the future. And being an arts journalist, I am in love with music and musicians who use new technologies for awesomeness (see my article on the band Gorillaz at the Oregon Voice… click to ch-ch-check it out).

So when I heard that Arcade Fire (one of my favorite bands) teamed up with Chris Milk for a Google Chrome sponsored project featuring HTML5 called “The Wilderness Downtown”, I jumped on that website faster than you could yell “FIRE!!”

The concept is simple enough: Chris Milk created an interactive music video for the Arcade Fire’s new song “We Used To Wait”, involving google maps and your own keyboard. I don’t want to spoil the experience for you, but it is more than just a personalized music video: it is an inside look into a system that is overlooked.

All you have to do is type in the address of the house you grew up in (or, if you can’t remember that, type your own address in there) and begin. It will pop up a few new windows here and there, but here’s the important thing: DON’T CLOSE THEM DOWN!!! That’s all part of the video. So let them pop up and enjoy!

WORD OF WARNING:

If you have a very weak browser (as in you have frequent problems with your internet, or your connection is very slow) don’t try to watch this video. I know, it sucks to miss out but even my computer had issues with it at first (and my compy is pretty new). If your internet is pretty decent, then close down all other windows and applications open (save that word document and close that powerpoint) before watching. It’ll make it run smoother.

If you’re ready, click this picture to experience the Wilderness Downtown:

Click Here for The Wilderness Downtown

If you have clicked the link DO NOT SCROLL DOWN!

I’m serious.

If you haven’t clicked the link (or your internet is not too strong), I’ve provided a video of an example of the whole video right below. This is something I hope that you can see, even if you can’t experience it.

Don’t watch this video before clicking the link!

Anyway, here you go!