Songs of the Week 1/19/13 Saturday, Jan 19 2013 

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Hello World! Sorry I haven’t been quite as active as usual, it’s been busy and temporary loss of an internet connection tends to screw up my plans to frequenly post. Anywho…here is this week’s list of my top songs. Hope you enjoy!

5. Bon Iver- skinny love

Skinny Love by Bon Iver is a soft simple song that I have thoroughly enjoyed this week. Bon Iver’s voice has a way of grabbing the listener’s attention and leaves them wanting more. On Skinny Love which is present of the For Emma, Forever Ago album, Bon Iver’s voice conveys the frustration of the lyrics, which makes the song so addicting. It is one of those songs where you feel grateful for having the opportunity to listen to.

4. Steve Reynolds- Cover of the Night

Like most songs about complicated relationships, Cover of the Night by Steve Reynolds has the advantage of being relatable. In Cover of the Night, Steve Reynolds’ voice is stunning and the arrangement alone evokes the feelings that the lyrics are trying to convey. It is a beautiful song that everyone should listen to at least once in their lifetime. Cover of the Night is present on the album entitled The Carnival Papers which can be listened to by clicking play.

3. Sea Wolf- Middle Distance Runner

Sea Wolf’s Middle Distance Runner off of their Leaves In The River album has been a song that I have clung to this past week. The heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics, the simple arrangement, and incredible vocals come together perfectly to give the listener a reason to press repeat one or five times. Definitely worth taking a few minutes to give it a listen.

2. Mat Kearney- City of Black and White

The song City of Black and White by Mat Kearney is a beautiful song featured on the same titled album. City of Black and White is a song that speaks of taking a chance and telling that special someone how you feel. The lyrics “I don’t want to wait until tomorrow, to tell you how I’d feel the rest of my life. You don’t want a waste another minute to realize” are so beautiful to me. Throw in Mat Kearney’s stunning vocals and impressive arrangement, and it’s easy to see why this song is on this list.

1.Bobby Long- Devil Moon

Devil Moon is a song off of Bobby Long’s upcoming album, Wishbone. For those who know of and follow Bobby Long, this album feels like it is long overdue. It was, therefore, a pleasant surprise to discover that Devil Moon was posted for the public to listen to. This newly released song proves that Bobby Long’s music cannot be contained in any one stylistic box. His sound is diverse and his talent as a musician is vast. Devil Moon has a refreshing ,yet familiar at the same time. The song gives fans of Bobby Long great cause to be excited for the new album that is due to be released February 18, 2013.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Songs of the Week 1/5/12 Saturday, Jan 5 2013 

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Hello Readers! I apologize for my absence,but I was busy being lazy and what-not. I hope all of you have had an excellent start to 2013. Without further adieu, here is the first Songs of the Week post of 2013…

Ray LaMontagne- Let it Be Me
Let it Be Me by Ray LaMontagne is a song that I am sure everyone can relate to. We have all at one point or another needed someone to depend on. There is nothing better than having another person urge you to depend on them when you are going through struggles or heartaches. Ray’s beautiful voice and the soulful arrangement emphasize the plea’s of the lyrics. The pure emotion of the song makes you want to shout out “Yes, It can be you!”, even though you know that the lyrics are not meant for you personally (I swear that didn’t actually happen….).

Fun-Some Nights
Some Nights by Fun is a song that I have found myself relating to lately. The song speaks of questioning ones existence, purpose, and reasoning. Though it sounds quite depressing, the song makes me feel better. It could be the awesome beat or it could be that lead singer, Nate Ruess, REALLY sounds like Freddie Mercury in this song. Whatever the reason, I really enjoy this song and urge all potential listeners to pay attention to the lyrics.

Shakey Graves- Unlucky Skin
I really enjoy Unlucky Skin for many reasons. First, the lyrics are cheeky and somewhat self-deprecating, which is something I love. Lyrics such as “Bird at my window tells me tomorrow, mean ol tornado carries me off. Pulls me from bed and bashes my head in, buries me halfway across the globe. Ooh, wont be long till I belong without all of this unlucky skin” are relatable to me since I tend to state that I am the unluckiest person I know. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one with that mindset. Another reason I love this song is because of the arrangement. The arrangement of the instruments are catchy and very enjoyable. Just another masterpiece from Shakey Graves.

Neulore- Apples (When You Lost Your Belief)
The song Apples (When You Lost Your Belief) , by Neulore, is emotional, but very beautiful. The piano and strings make the song seem quite melancholy, while the vocals seem to give the song an uplifting edge. The lyrics alone are reason enough to listen to the song. Go ahead, give it a listen…

Until Next Time,

Rizzle

Top 10 Christmas Songs (#1) Tuesday, Dec 25 2012 

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Merry Christmas! I hope you have enjoyed Musically Inspied’s op 10 Christmas Songs. I hope that everyone has an awesome day, and that this song makes your Christmas a little bit more enjoyable.

1.Billy Mack/ Bill Nighy- Christmas is All Around us.

Christmas is all around me by Bill Nighy/Billy Mack is one of the best Christmas songs ever. Recorded for the Love Actually soundtrack, Christmas is All Around Us is comically heartfelt. One of the best things about this song is the video that was recorded for it. In my opinion, it is not Christmas until I have heard this song a few dozen times. So go ahead….. press the play button, and prepare yourself for true Christmas awesomeness.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Top 10 Christmas Songs (4-2) Monday, Dec 24 2012 

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So it’s Christmas Eve, and Musically Inspired’s Christmas countdown is almost at an end. Below are songs 4 through 2. I’ll post the number one song tomorrow morning. Hope you have an awesome Christmas Eve!

4. The Pogues- Fairytale of New York

Fairytale of New York by The Pogues is not your average Christmas song at all. The beginning of the song starts off sweet enough with lyrics “I´ve got a feeling This year´s for me and you. So happy Christmas, I love you baby” in the first verse. The song, however, quickly turns into a song of loathing with Kristy MacColl eventually singing “Happy Christmas your arse I pray god it´s our last”. It’s a song that reminds listeners that the Christmas spirit cannot cure all. Quite a change from the normal “everything is perfect and sparkly” attitude of most Christmas songs.

3. Dawes- Christmas Time is Here

I just recently discovered the cover of Christmas Time is Here by Dawes. I have never been a huge fan of this song, but listening to Dawes sing it has made it one of my favorites this year. Dawes does not make any drastic changes to the arrangement in their version, but it still seems fresh and unique. Definitely a Christmas song worth checking out.

2. Etta James- Oh Holy Night

Etta James’ version of Oh Holy Night is perhaps my favorite version of the song. Etta’s incredible voice with the beautiful arrangement gives me chills every time I hear it. I will forever compare every version of this song to Etta’s version. So far no other version has come close.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Top 10 Chrismas Songs (7-5) Sunday, Dec 23 2012 

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Thanks for the awesome responses to yesterdays post. Very much appreciated….. So here are songs 7-5…. Hope you enjoy!

7. Enya– Oíche chiúin (Silent Night)

Ok, so I know you’re probably thinking “Oh great, ANOTHER version of Silent Night?”, but I guarantee that won’t bother you once you’ve listened to both versions. Enya’s version of Silent Night is more traditional in its arrangement,but doesn’t over do it. Her voice is clear, smooth, and absolutely beautiful. The fact that it is sung entirely in Gaelic only adds to charm of this version.

6. Marcus Foster– Blue Christmas (Elvis Cover)

Marcus Foster’s version of Elvis’ Blue Christmas is quite spectacular. There’s not much that better than sitting with a hot cup of coffee and listening to Marcus’ ridiculously amazing voice singing Blue Christmas. Listening to this song makes it easier to get through the hectic season.

5. Sam Bradley– Christmas Lights

Now I debated putting Sam Bradley’s version of Let it Snow on this list, because it is amazing, but I chose to go with Christmas Lights. This song is a play off of his song Lights, which is one of my favorite songs from him. It’s a very tongue-in-cheek Christmas song, which is the best kind. Just what the doctor ordered when you become sick of hearing the choir-like versions of every Christmas song.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Top 10 Christmas Songs (10-8) Saturday, Dec 22 2012 

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Ok so I haven’t posted in a while,and thought that I would do someting different this week. Instead of the normal Take Cover Thursday or Songs of the Week list, I decided to do a Top 10 Christmas list. over the next several days, I will count down my top 10 christmas songs, with number one being unveiledon Christmas. I hope you all enjoyhe list and check out all of the artists listed on it.

10. Hey Rosetta!-Carry Me Home

This original Christmas song by Hey Rosetta was on a Christmas compilation album that was put together by Paste. Carry Me Home is one of my favorite songs on the sampler. It’s nice to have a Christmas song that is not traditional to listen to.

9. Stylusboy– Silent Night

Stylusboy’s version of this classic Christmas song is stripped down in this acoustic version. This version of Silent Night allows the listener to not get caught up in a complex arrangement, and allows the vocals and lyrics to shine.

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8. Bobby Long- River (Joni Mitchell Cover)

Bobby Long’s cover of this amazing Joni Mitchell Song was one of me favorite Christmas songs this holiday season. Bobby’s smooth voice and simple arrangement reminds the listener why this song is so amazing. It should also be noted that Bobby Long allowed his fans to pick which Christmas song he would record. Clearly, they have excellent taste. You can listen to Bobby’s version of River here.

Cheers!

Rizzle

 

Songs of the Week- 12/8/12 Saturday, Dec 8 2012 

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This weeks Songs of the Week features music that I am extremely excited about. Much to my delight, a new song from Bobby Long has been released to the world and is present on this list. New favorite, The Borrowers Debt, joins the list along with Mathew Mayfield. I urge my readers to check out each artist. If you don’t, you will never know what you are missing out on.

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Bobby Long- In Your Way

This week music lovers were treated to a special surprise when Bobby Long released In Your Way off of his upcoming album Wishbone. As a fan of Bobby Long’s for quite some time, and I have to say I was extremely pleased with the new direction that his music seems to be taking. Instead of raw acoustics, In Your Way features a full band. Bobby’s voice is still as wonderful as ever, but there seems to be more depth to it. It’s still the same Bobby that his fans know and love, but he is showing a different side to his talents. In Your Way is a perfect treat for those who have followed Bobby Long, and a great who for him to introduce himself to a new audience. To give the song a listen and to find out about this amazing artist, click here.

The Borrowers Debt- Walking Home From Hollywood

I had the pleasure of seeing The Borrowers Debt perform at the Room 5 Lounge on December 6, 2012. There song Walking Home From Hollywood was one the song that had got me so interested in the band. In addition to that, the song is just beautiful. The harmonies and the arrangement are amazing. The lyrics describe the process of evaluating your life’s decisions and realizing that, perhaps, other decisions should have been made. Definitely a song and a band that I recommend to anyone looking for new music. Check out their website here for more information.

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Matthew Mayfield- By Your Side

I just really love this song. The lyrics are beautiful, the vocals are amazing, and the arrangement is sweetly simple. It is a song that you listen to a couple of times in a row, and then think about how much you want to hear it again only a few hours later. I like many songs from Matthew Mayfield, but this just may be my favorite. More information about Matthew Mayfield can be found here.

Cheers,

Rizzle

Songs of the Week Friday, Nov 30 2012 

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Jamestown Revival- Revival

I had the immense pleasure of seeing Jamestown Revival play at a SofarLA show this past Tuesday. Their song Revival is a toe-tapping song that makes you want to shout out loud. Recorded, the song is exquisite. Live, the song makes you want to jump up and start dancing a thigh-slapping jig. Revival is definitely one of my favorite songs of the week.

Apache Relay- Lost Kid

Lost Kid was one of the first songs that I heard from Apache Relay. The musical arrangement is upbeat and the lyrics are endearing. Whenever I listen to this song, memories of watching them play live in Monterey with my best friend flow back into my mind. It is definitely a song that I associate with happy times.

The White Buffalo- The Whistler

I discovered The White Buffalo’s The Whistler while watching Sons of Anarchy this past week. The song demanded my attention and I had to find out who was responsible for such a heart wrenching song. The vocals in the song are amazing, and the musical arrangement is haunting. Throw in some damn fine whistling, and you have a remarkable song.

 

This concludes this weeks “Songs of the Week”. Enjoy!

Rizzle

Take Cover Thursday No. 5 Thursday, Nov 29 2012 

So after a weeklong break, Musically Inspired is back with Take Cover Thursday. For some reason this weeks Take Cover Thursday was a little more diffcult to put together. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy these covers and continue to read. Enjoy…..

Marcus Foster– Couldn’t Love You More (John Martyn)

John Martyn is an amazing artist who has songs that don’t need perfecting. Couldn’t Love You More was always one of those songs for me. It was a song that I had considered “Not to be touched”. That was until I heard Marcus Foster’s version of the song.  Covers like Marcus’ prove that even the greatest of songs can be fine-tuned and perfected if done with respect and passion. Marcus’ soulful voice complements the music and makes the lyrics come to life. You could almost imagine that he was the first one to ever sing this song. Marcus Foster truly did an amazing job with this cover.

Jeff Buckley- Just Like a Woman (Bob Dylan)

The late Jeff Buckley’s cover of Bob Dylan’s Just Like a Woman is one that I have adored for a while. Jeff Buckley’s heart breaking voice and overall arrangement of the song are beautiful.  Out of all the artists who  have covered this wonderful song, Jeff Buckley’s version is by far the most impressive.

Mumford and Sons– Unfinished Business (White Lies)

Mumford and sons version of Unfinished Business was one of the first covers I had heard from them. Though the arrangement is quite different from the original, their version is still quite powerful. Mumford and Sons have an ability to take a song and completely make it their own while still respecting the overall feel of the song. They did a remarkable job at portraying the pain of the lyrics while kicking the arrangement up a notch. This is quite possibly one of my favorite covers from them.

This concludes this weeks edition of Take Cover Thursday. Until next time…

Cheers,

Rizzle

Songs of the Week 11/16/12 Friday, Nov 16 2012 

‘Ello! Here is this week’s Songs of the Week. Hope you give these songs the attention they deserve. Have an excellent weekend!

The Mostar Diving Club- Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart by The Mostar Diving Club is a song that can easily get stuck in one’s head. Featured in the movie Waiting For Forever, Worlds Apart is a song that tells of remembering how a relationship used to be. The soothing melody alongside Damian Katkhuda’s vocals makes the lyrics seem more meaningful and relatable. It was truly a perfect fit for Waiting For Forever.

Johnny Flynn- Howl

Howl just may be my favorite song from Johnny Flynn. Johnny’s voice is amazing in all of his songs, but in Howl it is simply spine tingling. The bluesy guitar playing and large doses of trumpet throughout the song only amplify the “Holy Wow” affect that this song has on me.

Ben Rector- When a Heart Breaks

Ben Rector has a smooth and beautiful voice that has the tendency to remind me of John Mayer. That voice on a track like When a Heart Breaks is enough to bring tears to anyone’s eyes. As if Ben Rectors impressive vocals on this track wasn’t enough, the lyrics go and high five your face. The song is absolutely tragic, but in all the ways that you want a song to be tragic. Absolutely worth checking out.

Rizzle

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