Songs of the Week- 3/1/13 Friday, Mar 1 2013 

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Hello! Another week, another list of amazing songs. Enjoy!

5.Bright Eyes- First day of my life

First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes is a quirky love song about what happens when you meet “the one”. Conor Oberst’s vocals are stripped down on this track, which makes the song seem more relatable and touching. The arrangement is sweet and simple. To listen to and/or buy First Day of my Life, click here.

4.Jon Regen- Stay

Stay by Jon Regen is a beautiful song filled with emotion and encouragement. Jon Regen’s amazing voice, accompanied by a piano and string section, force the emotions of the lyrics right into the listeners heart. It is hard to not feel touched by this amazing song. More information about Jon Regen can be found here.

3.Greg Laswell- Comes and Goes

Greg Laswell’s Comes and Goes is a beautifully arranged song that has seemed to captivate me this week. Gorgeous vocals and a soothing arrangement allow listeners to feel the power behind the lyrics of Comes and Goes. It is a song that I am grateful to have discovered. Discover more of Greg Laswell’s amazing music by clicking here.

2.Little Green Cars- Harper Lee

Little Green Cars is a band that I found out about recently, and I cannot get enough of them. Harper Lee is one of my favorite songs from them. The vocals and arrangement are spot on, and the lyrics are well written. Click here to find out more about Little Green Cars.

1.Ivan and Alyosha- Beautiful Lie
Ivan and Alyosha’s Beautiful Lie is a song that immediately grabbed my attention upon hearing the first note. Beautiful Lie is one of those songs that feel new and familiar all at the same time. The vocals feel Beatle-esque to me, while the arrangement of the song feels refreshing. You can purchase Beautiful Lie and other amazing songs from Ivan and Alyosha here.

Cheers,

Rizzle

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Songs of the Week- 2/22/13 Friday, Feb 22 2013 

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Hey everyone!

This has been a wonderful week, musically, and I am absolutely delighted to share these songs with everyone. I hope that you all take the time to check out each of these songs and the artists who have created them. Enjoy!

5. Among Savages- New York City

New York City by Among Savages is rather inspirational song that encourages listeners to not give up when things do not go as planned. I came across Among Savages at a SOFAR show in Los Angeles, and I was quite impressed by them. They happened to play New York City off of their debut album, Wanderings of an Illustrative Mind, and I have been listening to the song off and on throughout the entire week. The impressive vocals, lovely arrangement, and uplifting lyrics all come together to make this song quite addicting. To purchase New York City and other songs, click here.

4- Sean Rowe-Bring back the night

Bring Back the Night by Sean Rowe is a soulful and heartbreakingly beautiful song that I can’t seem to get enough of. Sean Rowe’s deep voice paired with the smooth arrangement suit the lyrics perfectly. Sean Rowe is definitely a musician to look into. You can click here to find out more about Sean Rowe, or you can click here to buy tickets to see him open for Marcus Foster.

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3.Humming House- Forever is Better With You

Humming House’s Forever is Better with You is a wonderful song that has been stuck in my head this entire week. Endearing lyrics, amazing vocals, and a toe tapping, folky arrangement, are all attributes to making this song so amazing. I look forward to hearing more from this newly discovered (for me) band. The band hails from Nashville and has so far released a self-titled album and a live album, entitled Live at the Red Clay Theater. Check out Humming House here.

2. Swim Lessons- someday

I had the pleasure of discovering Swim Lessons at a recent Sofar show in Los Angeles. The first song that Swim Lessons performed was Someday, and it instantly intrigued me. The vocals are smooth and the arrangement is very catchy. Those attributes, combined with well-written lyrics make for a catchy tune that you’re happy to admit that you enjoy. You can find out more about the amazing Swim Lessons here.

1. No- the long haul

Yet another Sofar discovery is the band No. The Long Haul, happens to be one of my favorite songs from this amazing new find. With deep vocals, a melancholy, yet gritty arrangement, and lyrics that I can easily relate to, it’s not hard to see why I have been so attached to this song this week. The Long Haul is the type of song that anyone can get really into and lose themselves in. You can discover more about the amazing No here.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Album Review: Wishbone by Bobby Long Tuesday, Feb 19 2013 

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Hello Readers!

Today my post is going to be a review on an album by Bobby Long that is being released TODAY through ATO Records. This new album by Bobby Long is entitled Wishbone, and I am very excited by it. For those who have been keeping tabs on Bobby Long, and have had the pleasure of seeing him live, Wishbone could not have been delivered to us fast enough. Though Bobby Long goes in a much different direction with Wishbone, it is equally, if not more, impressive than material that has been previously released. In this particular review I will discuss the album, one song at a time. Enjoy!

1. Devil Moon

The first track on Wishbone is entitled Devil Moon, and is completely different than any other song previously created by Bobby Long. Devil Moon offers a rougher energy and allows Bobby Long to showcase his grittier side. The song is a perfect introduction to the rest of the album.

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2. She Won’t Leave

Following up Devil Moon is the softer She Won’t Leave. Though softer in lyrics and in music, She Won’t Leave still packs a punch that is reminiscent of Neil Young. The melody is smooth and compliments Bobby’s soulful voice. The lyrics display honesty that many artists struggle to convey. It is a song that proves that Bobby has the ability to display his softer side while backed by a full band.

3. In your Way

In Your Way provides familiarity to those who have become accustomed to Bobby Long’s signature sound. Though familiar, In Your Way still displays Bobby Long’s change of musical direction. The lyrics seem more personal and the guitar playing more developed. The vocals are rich and are filled with emotion that is expected from a Bobby Long song.

4. Blood in the Orchard

Blood in the Orchard is a song filled with diversity and stronger beats. The title alone warns listeners to expect a gritty song packed with rich electrics and a harder beat. Blood in the Orchard starts off with a harder sound normally heard from Bobby Long and transitions to an addicting melody by the time the chorus hits. The song changes styles throughout its duration, but not in a confused manner. The changes fit with the lyrics and showcase Bobby Long’s diversity. It is a song that l am anxious to see Bobby Long play live.

5. Help You Mend

A change from Blood in the Orchard, Help You Mend is a beautiful song filled with promises and hope. Though slower in tempo, Help You Mend has a strong presence on the album. With rich vocals and a soothing arrangement, Help You Mend exposes Bobby Long’s ability as a writer and passionate artist.

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6. Making You Talk

Flowing easily with Help You Mend, is the soulful Making You Talk. The song features bluesy guitar riffs and heart wrenching lyrics. The lyrics in Making You Talk are relatable, which makes the song all the more addicting.

7. All My Brothers

All My Brothers takes on a 70’s rock style and has an edgier meaning behind it than some of the others songs on Wishbone. I have seen Bobby Long play this song in an acoustic environment and thought that it was wonderful. Hearing this song with a full band attached to it turns this song into something more raw and impressive. It is definitely one of my favorite songs off of the album.

8. My Parade

Slowing things down a bit, My Parade is a song that is well developed and exquisitely executed. My Parade is equipped with more solemn lyrics and a softer, more soulful tempo. Bobby Long’s voice is once again proven to have soulful diversity that cannot be found on most records that are created today.

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9. Yesterday Yesterday

Yesterday Yesterday is relatable and extremely catchy. When I first heard Yesterday Yesterday, my mind was instantly drawn to the Ryan Adams similarities. The song allows Bobby Long to display his vocal range and his boldness in wanting to try different musical directions. It is a song that those familiar with Bobby Long can appreciate, and will ignite curiosity with those who are unfamiliar with him.

10. Waiting for Dawn

Waiting for Dawn will be familiar to Bobby Long fans in the aspect that it paints a picture. Though quite different from older material such as Two Years Old, Waiting for Dawn paints a picture for the listener in the same manner. When listening to the lyrics of the song you get visuals of what is going on in the lyrics. The ability to do this in a matter of 3 minutes and 14 seconds proves that Bobby Longs writing ability is quite impressive. Since one of the things that drew me to Bobby Long was his impressive ability to tell a story through song, I was quite excited about Waiting for Dawn.

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11. Not Tonight, Not Today

Not Tonight, Not Today is a song that I can most envision ending up on the radio. The melody of the chorus is catchy, and the lyrics are easily relatable. Bobby Long’s vocals on the track are smooth and impressive. I can easily envision a crowd swaying along to Not Tonight, Not Today while watching Bobby Long perform it live.

12. To The Light

The last track on the album, To the Light , is an impressive choice to close out Bobby Long’s sophomore album. Though the song starts off softer, To the Light features an addicting drum beat throughout the chorus. To the Light also features a piano and the familiar acoustic guitar stylings that fans have come to expect. Even with those familiarities, To the Light stays true to his change of musical direction.

Overall, I give this album a 8/10. Wishbone is a refreshing follow up to his debut albums, A Winter’s Tale. From the very first whispers of a new album Bobby Long promised listeners that Wishbone would be different in style. He did not fail on keeping this promise, and it has certainly paid off. Wishbone has succeeded in igniting renewed passion from familiar followers, and has opened doors to ignite a widespread interest in potentially new followers.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this humble review on an album by an artist that I am very proud to support. I urge you to purchase Wishbone and other material by clicking here, and to check out Bobby Long tour dates by clicking here.

Cheers,

Rizzle

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 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

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