Saturday, March 23, 2013

Music to My Ears


Courtesy of Tech | Age

As I've mentioned numerous times before - blah, blah, blah I must be a broken record! ;) I never listen to the radio and hardly ever watch music videos.  I do occasionally stream music through Spotify or Pandora, but in all likelihood I was introduced or re-introduced to the music below through mentions in the indie novels I read or by hearing them on television shows or movies.

Sometimes I go a little crazy after hearing one song by an unfamiliar artist or band and end up with an entire album or multiple albums. See what hearing and liking one song will get you? Well, me, at least! :)

There are rare times I inadvertently go days without listening to music on my computer, iPod, or iPhone and then...WHAM - I just have to catch up, which goes something like this:
  • I always listen while I'm driving
  • I always listen during my walks, whether indoors or out
  • I always listen while in the shower
  • I always listen while I'm grocery shopping alone to keep my stress level down
  • I usually listen while doing chores around the house...even cooking.  (I think the only chore I don't listen to music while doing is vacuuming because, DUH, that would be a total  waste :)
  • I usually listen while reading and before falling asleep but am known to fall asleep with my ear buds in
  • I usually listen while spending time on my laptop
  • I usually listen while walking my dog
Then, after listening to music throughout all the preceding situations I'll opt for peace and quiet until, once again, the lack of music sends me "listening" for relief from all that quiet! Great how that works, eh?

I especially want to thank my husband for making sure I get all the music I want (235 songs this time), which probably seems like an endless and thankless task! My current wish list already has three albums and twenty-three more singles. I must be greedy, but I'll not be apologizing! :)

(Note: The artist names are almost exclusively linked to their Wikipedia pages and the songs to YouTube videos. The singles succeeding the albums are (mostly) those which have corresponding videos on the artists' official channels.)


SINGLES

Adele - Skyfall  [Pop/Soundtrack] - First, it's Adele! Second, it's Bond!
Alice in Chains - Would? [Alternative Metal/Heavy Metal] - Mentioned in a favorite novel The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski.
Alicia Keys - How It Feels to Fly [R & B] - Mentioned in a favorite novel, Fighting for Flight by Jamie Salsbury.
Avalanche City - Love Love Love [Singer/Songwriter] - Aired on the 11/05/2012 episode "Mohai" of Hawaii Five-0.
Beyoncé - Halo [R & B] - Mentioned in the novel Fighting for Flight by Jamie Salsbury.
Billy Joel - And So It Goes [Pop] - Mentioned in the novel Rock Chick Reckoning by Kristen Ashley.
Blue Ă–yster Cult - Godzilla [Hard Rock] - Hearing it recently reminded me that I should have had it a long time.
Bob Seger - Get Out of Denver [Classic Rock] - Mentioned in the novel Rock Chick Reckoning by Kristen Ashley.
Buena Vista Social Club - Candela, El Cuarto de Tula [Salsa y Tropical] - After Chan Chan these are currently my favorite BVSC songs.
Bush (featuring Gwen Stefani) - Glycerine (LIVE) [Alternative] - Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani are perfectly in sync.
The Civil Wars - Tip of My Tongue [Indie Folk] - Mentioned in the novel My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron. These two make the most beautiful music together!
Dan Hill - Sometimes When We Touch [Soft Rock] - How on earth had I missed this one? It was a favorite back when I was a of a certain age. ;)
Dave Matthews Band - Lying in the Hands of God [Rock] - This really is my first DMB song...for shame! Mentioned in a favorite novel Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard.
The Doobie Brothers - Jesus is Just Alright [Classic Rock] - Mentioned in the novel Rock Chick Reckoning by Kristen Ashley.
Ella Mae Bowen - Holding Out For A Hero [A Beautiful Countrified Reboot of the Pop Song] - Featured in one of my favorite novels Breathe by Kristen Ashley.
Gary Clark, Jr. - Don't Owe You a Thang [Awesome Bluesy-Rock] - Featured on the 10/26/2012 episode "Misconceptions" of CSI:NY.
The Head and the Heart - Honey Come Home [Folk Rock/Indie Rock] - Mentioned in the novel My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron.
Hinder - Thing for You [Hard Rock Ballad] - This is the song that Travis Maddox sings to Abby Abernathy during her birthday party in the novel Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. Say, "aww!"
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up [Alternative] - Mentioned in the novels My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron and Fight With Me by Kristen Proby. Also on the playlist for the novel Tidal by Emily Snow. This has got to be the most popular wedding song these days!
Jesse McCartney - Beautiful Soul [Pop] - I'm pretty sure it was mentioned in a novel I read but I didn't make note of which one. Pretty for a teeny-pop song.
Joshua Radin - Closer [Singer/Songwriter] - Featured on author Megan Hart's playlists for her novels, Dirty and Broken.
Liam Titcomb - Landslide [Folk Rock] - Featured in the 11/19/12 episode of Bones "The Bod in the Pod."
The Lighthouse and The Whaler - Iron Doors [Indie Folk/Indie Pop] - Featured on the 10/26/2012 episode "Misconceptions" of CSI:NY.
Led Zeppelin - Going to California - [Classic Rock] - Sins against these gods of rock - this is my only Led Zeppelin song...so far. I'm working on remedying that ASAP...I swear! Mentioned in the book The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski.
Matchbox Twenty - She's So Mean [Pop/Alternative Rock] - Mentioned in the novel My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron.
Matthew Barber - And You Give [Indie Pop/Rock] - Mentioned in the novel Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard.
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You [Alternative] - Mentioned in the book Breathe by Kristen Ashley. I don't recall ever hearing this song until right before I bought it. How is that possible?! Oh my, it's a really sensuous song. (Lyrics)
OneRepublic - Feel Again [Pop Rock] - From their new album, Native, which releases in the U.S. on March 26!!!
Pearl Jam - Black [Alternative] - Mentioned in the book Rock Chick Reckoning by Kristen Ashley.
Phillip Phillips - Home [Singer/Songwriter] - Mentioned in the novel My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron. I can't count the number of shows and commercials I hear this beautiful song featured in. Lovely, isn't it?
Rihanna - Umbrella [R & B/Hip Hop] - Mentioned in the novel My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron.
The Rolling Stones - Laugh, I Nearly Died [Rock] - Mentioned in the book The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski. A Stones song that I don't know if I'd ever heard before but absolutely LOVE now!
Ronan O'Hora (Debussy) - La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin [Classical] - From the Fifty Shades Trilogy.
Ryan Adams - When the Stars Go Blue  [Alternative Rock] - Featured on author Megan Hart's playlist for her novel Broken.
Ryan Cabrera - True, On the Way Down [Pop Rock/Acoustic] - Featured on author Megan Hart's playlist for her novel Dirty.
Sade - Your Love is King [Smooth Jazz/R & B] - This is Ana's ringtone for her husband, Christian, in Fifty Shades Freed.
Taylor Swift - Ours [Pop] - Mentioned in the novel My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron.
Yuna - Tourist [Indie Rock] - Featured in the Arrow episode "Muse of Fire" which aired on 11/28/2012.

ALBUMS

Bad Company - Thirty-three songs to reacquaint myself with and rate! [Classic Rock] - "Ready for Love" and "Feel Like Makin' Love" were mentioned in the book The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski.
Boston - Boston [Classic Rock] - "More Than a Feeling" was mentioned in the novels, On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves, and Exquisite by Ella Frank. "Peace of Mind" was mentioned in the book Rock Chick Reckoning by Kristen Ashley.
The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards [Alternative]
Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu [Bluesy Rock]
The Heavy - The Glorious Dead [Indie Rock] - Including the song, "What Makes a Good Man," which was featured on a Suits promo commercial I first heard on 12/16/2012. It is one of my current favorite songs...LOVE IT!!!
Imagine Dragons - Night Visions [Alternative] - These guys are such an awesome new-ish band! I love several songs from this album, including Radioactive and It's Time.
Jeff Buckley - Grace (already had Lover, You Should've Come Over) [Rock] - I'm not going to pick one song of his, just listen to his channel.
Kansas - The Best of Kansas [Classic Rock] - "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind" were mentioned in the book The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski.
Lifehouse - Almeria [Rock] - Their most recent album just because I heart them SO much! Including Between the Raindrops w/Natasha Bedingfield.
Lifehouse - Smoke and Mirrors (Deluxe Album) [Rock] - Lifehouse is a band that does not require any particular mood - I love them just about any time! Including All In and Nerve Damage, whose chorus really gets my heart a pumpin'!
Muse - The 2nd Law [Alternative]
No - Don't Worry You'll Be Here Forever (EP) [Indie Rock] - "The Long Haul" was played on an episode of Elementary called "You Do It To Yourself" on 12/06/2012. MOST EXCELLENT SONG!
The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely [Alternative] - I'd had the single, Consoler of the Lonely, for a long time and finally got the rest of the album.
The Script - #3 [Pop] - Including Hall of Fame and If You Could See Me Now.
Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns [Alternative] - Including The Lightning Strike and Take Back the City.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 Soundtrack- Probably my least favorite of the Twilight Soundtracks, but I still had to have it!

What say you? Who are you listening to these days?


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