What are your thoughts?

Trentemoller

Photo Courtesy of: ilkaycan

This song intrigues me. The melody is catchy, yet haunting…  I feel a general urban, electronic vibe exuding from their work. I’m not real sure I’m a big fan of the group Trentemoller as a whole, but I do like this. Listen, and tell me your thoughts…

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Top TUE Tuesday

the old number 2

Photo Courtesy of: johnfromtheradio

This week I’m of a certain giddiness and eager to share with you the Top 2 Tuesday pics for this week. I shall digress a moment only to tell you that I am always eager to share my top picks with you, though today my excitement levels just might in fact be a tad bit more then normal.

With that said, I can tell you are at the edge of your seat, with bated breath, curiously wondering what the heck they are. What could cause this much anticipation and suspense (I wonder if I should try writing a novel that captures this effect…The question is though, would it be successful? ..hmm, well too much to consider and contemplate here.) I need to get off this digression and just let you have it, and give it to you straight.

My Top 2 picks are in regards to one of my most favorite poems, which is titled The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. You may be scratching your head now, though let me clarify. I was first introduced to this great poem through the voices of Ann with an “e” Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) and Loreena Mckennitt (Celtic singer/song-writer). Their voices bring a life to this poem that I am eager to share with you now.

Ann with an “e” reciting of the Highwayman

Loreena McKennitt’s song evokes a storytelling quality of the Highwayman that is both lulling and enticing. Take a listen.

As always, would love to know your thoughts and opinions. Are you a fan of the Highwayman? What is your favorite poem?

Music Review: The Hunger Games Soundtrack

//mockingjay

Photo Courtesy of: Austin Graver

Old time sound in a futuristic world. Many of the Songs From District 12, The Hunger Games soundtrack, possess this quality.  During the first listen, I could detect shared threads of tone with musicians such as Nickel Creek and Alison Krauss.

Which I happen to think is really pretty genius.

Firstly, I want to share with you some of the songs that have already become my favorites. Abrahams’ Daughter by Arcade Fire, Tomorrow Will Be Kinder by The Secret Sisters, and Come Away To The Water by Maroon 5 (featuring Rozzi Crane).

Though, some of the songs do not have a quiet melody, such as Birdy’s Just a Game, or Taylor Swift’s (Civil Wars) Safe and Sound. Truly, a few of them sound ugly (The Ruler and The Killer by Kid Cudi and Take The Heartland by Glen Hansard), though who said The Hunger Games was a pretty book full of daisy’s, endless sunshine, and belly’s full of bread?

The album is a cohesive collection that reflects Collin’s Panem, and evokes all the feeling, thoughtfulness, and emotion emiting from the page. As far as I’m concerned… The soundtrack has given justice to what this book speaks of and represents. I don’t give letter grades, so I’ll satisfy you in saying….

GRADE: +

Upcoming Reviews

The Hunger GamesThe Girl With The Dragon TattooAtlas Shrugged
Please, oh please do forgive the absence I’ve created. I have to dust this blog off, and shine it with some new reviews that I literally just cannot wait to share with you… I’ve got a few things I’m working on and upon finishing them, I will be reviewing them for your enjoyment and think you will find them to be both witty and helpful, and containing a little magic… no, I’m no boy wizard, are glittering vamp… there’s just only so much one girl can do.

Though here’s a list of things I’m working on, and hoping you’ll stay tuned for:

REVIEWS:

  • The Hunger Games book
  • The Hunger Games Soundtrack (review on March 21, 2012)
  • The Hunger Games Movie (review on March 23, 2012)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo book (March 30, 2012)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie (TBA)
  • Atlas Shrugged book and movie (TBA)

Music Review: Indie singer/songwriter Mindy Gledhill and “All the Pennies”

cotton candy cupcakes

Photo Courtesy of: Seelensturm

For me, Mindy Gledhill (indie singer/songwriter) is now a name that is synonymous with summer breezes, wispy winds that blow your hair haphazardly in all directions nearly simultaneously, and cotton candy… Yes, cotton candy (maybe even ice cream too).

What a glorious find to have found this gem of a voice, song, and musician. A quarter of the way through the song, “All the Pennies,” I became a fan… maybe even earlier…

Whether or not this will appeal to your senses, I cannot say. All I know is that this song and it’s sound is both refreshingly fun and unique. The lyrics take something old, the concept and it’s meaning, and make it anew.

Here. Take a listen for yourself, and let me know what you think.

Grade: +

Review: official music video for Safe and Sound

FirePhoto Courtesy of: Dinnovation (flickr)

So, we’ve ventured down this road a time or two before, but what’s one more travel down the path of the song that is “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift (said to be released on the upcoming The Hunger Games soundtrack). The official video has made it’s way onto tv and computer screens, and the whole world now is able to see this song come to life in video form. Have you had a chance to see it yet? If not, you should. Take a gander at it now, if you’d like. I’ll wait. 🙂

Do you think the video is good? Does it enhance the song in anyway? Personally, as much as I admire the videos attempt to capture the haunting beauty of the song, I prefer the music itself as a stand alone piece of work/art. While some art can simply exist on it’s own, there are some that need to be infused with with other art forms, mixed and molded together to reach it’s maximum potential and climb to great heights.

Although I don’t dislike the video by any means, I did find myself saying, “does the video bring or add any layers of depth that don’t already exist within the song itself?” And I found myself answering my own question with an extreme ease. “No…it doesn’t.”

What are your thoughts. I’d love to know your take on this video. Do share…

Top 2 Tuesday…

Number 2 Mosaic by hannah.aviva
Number 2 Mosaic, a photo by hannah.aviva on Flickr.

It’s that time again folks. Now, what have I chosen this week as my top 2 picks, both of which are utterly fabulous, mesmerizing, and thought provoking… Well I won’t keep the suspense dangling for too long.

This week I’m focusing my top 2 list on my two most favorite (or should I say, two of my favorite) instrumental compositions on a movie soundtrack. Actually to be quite honest with you, I have many that I like almost equally as much as the two I’m going to share with you today. But let’s leave those for another list on another day, shall we?

So, without further stalling, I want to share with you my top 2 favorite songs found on a movie soundtrack. Hope you enjoy them as much as me, though if you have different favorites, what are they? I’d love to hear from you…

1) …Song: Promontory; Movie: Last of the Mohicans

2) …Song: The Shire; Movie: Lord of the Rings