Sunday, May 22, 2011

Music, As of Late

Yesterday my cousin blogged about some songs that she had recently been listening to, and wanted responses from people sharing songs that they have recently been listening to. I decided I’d respond through a blog post of my own.

My first one is one that she had in her blog, but I have been pretty obsessed with it lately as well. I first heard this song when a friend posted it to facebook a couple weeks ago. I went and bought the single on iTunes, and it is already at #4 on my top 25 most played on my iPod. I suspect it’ll be #1 in about a week.

Brook Fraser’s “Something in the Water”

I am very tempted to post every single song by Owl City, because I always listen to at least one of his songs every time I use my iPod. However, this post would be way too long if I did that, so I’ll stick to just a few that have official Music videos.

I’ll start off with Alligator Sky, from the upcoming Album “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” This song surprised me because it contains a rap segment. Normally I absolutely DETEST rap, but I did not hate this one! Unlike most rap, angry and rife with swear words, this song sounds cheerful and optimistic. I still would not call it one of my favorite songs, and I look forward to getting the album which contains a second rap-less version, but it shows that in the right hands, rap can be done a lot better than most rap “artists” of today do.

The next song I have had had playing off and on for the last couple of years ever since it was featured on the show Pushing Daisies. (Oh how I miss that show!) There is no official music video so I had to make do with a fan-made one.

They Might be Giants’ “Birdhouse in Your Soul” covered by Kristen Chenoweth and Ellen Green.

I absolutely love the movie, “How to Train Your Dragon,” and ever since I watched it I have had this song playing frequently in my iPod.

Jonsi’s “Sticks and Stones”.

Straight No Chaser is one of the best acappella groups I have ever heard, and while they are most famous for their Christmas albums, they do sing other songs as well. I really love their cover of the song “Africa.” No official music video exists, so I had to get an upload from some random YouTube user. I haven’t actually been playing this particular song myself lately, but I keep hearing the original version over the speakers at work, and every time I hear it I wish they’d be playing this version. It is FAR superior.

Next is another Owl City song, “To the Sky” from Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. I love this movie and I love the fact that they got Owl City to do the song for a movie about Owls. :)

This next song is so random, and so funny. It is definitely not my favorite song, but I really like it and it currently holds the top spot as the most played song on my iPod, due to the fact that I play it at least once every time I go to the Wellness Center to exercise.

Space Unicorn by Parry Gripp

I was introduced to the next song by another one of my cousins. And I now love it. The song is “I’ll Tell Me Ma.” It’s an Irish folk song, so it has been sung by many many different groups. This version is done by The Young Dubliners, but there are lots of great versions out there. Just search YouTube and you’ll be busy for the rest of the day. Again, there’s no music video for this.

And lastly, the song that made me a fan of Owl City, thanks to a free download from iTunes, “Fireflies.” The best word I have to describe this song is the same word I have to describe pretty much any song by Adam Young. Happy. :) That’s the reason I love Owl City so much. It always lifts my spirits.

1 comment:

  1. I love your picks!! You've got great taste in music ;) I hadn't heard Alligator Sky before, but I love it! Then again, I like Owl City <3 Now I'm off to listen to the other ones you posted, there's a couple others that are new to me!