'As Time Goes By' - Jim Durante
When I listen to this song, I feel like I am watching the migration of a thousand birds retreating from the bitter bite of winter air to the safe blanket of the South. 'As Time Goes By' is a short tune filled with simple instruments such as a personal favorite the violin. Durante's voice carries short sharp notes that permeate's into the space you are listening in.
Whether you are using this song for a graduation video, the end of a movie, or something that you listen to after a long day in a cold shower, 'As Time Goes By' will always be there to lift up the mood of a heavy heart.
Gregory Alan Isakov - The Weatherman
The Weatherman is Gregory Alan Isakov's third album out of his five. (That is if you count his recorded album with the Colorado Symphony which I of course do). Similar to his other albums, The Weatherman has heavy acoustic guitar, accompanied by the banjo, with a sprinkle of violin. Although Gregory does a phenomenal job reeling his listeners in with his smooth voice, this album captivates me with his lyrics.
With tracks like “Amsterdam” that has a climactic ending filled with the soft screams of Gregory's voice telling a story of his travels with a woman who takes everything from him, to “Second Chances” reminding us that we are all alone without forgiveness, he takes us through the travels of his life making it incredibly personal, while also giving you a nostalgic feel of being there yourself.
“The Weatherman” seems to be more a book of poetry than songs. While a lot of the tracks have a similar sound, with the exception of St. Valentine, a new listener would have a hard time deciphering the next song from the previous, but don't think that this is a bad thing. Listening to the album in chronological order has given me what Isakov wanted. Desire. Call it the workout playlist of love, travel and experience. This album will make you go after what you truly want in your life, without even realizing it.
Although this concert was not played in James Mercer's prime, I would argue I would rather see old James than new. Not only was he very acquired to the crowd, he also has had years of experience with his band to master his classic songs.
Being front row at a concert always adds a special dust of uniqueness that is hard to get when you sit at the back of the arena and that is what I got to experience with The Shins. They played their top hits Australia, New Slang, and Simple Song but did not neglect playing their more obscure songs like Kissing the Lipless and my favorite, Sleeping Lessons.
This concert was heartbreakingly good and one that will stay with me forever. Top 5 for sure
I woke up early in my dorm-room on a sunny day in Lincoln Nebraska knowing that in 8 short hours I would be in the same vicinity as Kanye. After a long stressful week of making up missed classes, my roommate Olivia and I prepared to depart on what would be the ride of our lives.
Kanye being the second rap concert I went to (Lil Wayne was the first) did not give me a lot of room to compare how good he was. But I didn't need to. Because like Kanye says himself, he is a god. This concert was performed in a stadium in Minneapolis Minnesota and worth every second of the drive. He was as dramatic and loud as I hoped. The peak of the concert was during 'Ultralight Beam' when he stopped in the middle of the song to hop off his floated cloud of a stage to abruptly end his performance. After that we drove 8 hours back home to Lincoln Nebraska. We arrived approximately at 7:10am to go back into a reality away from Kanye West.
I have compiled a list of "perfect" songs that I feel have no faults, and songs I can listen to on repeat without ever getting sick of. Basically if I can wake up to this song and still not hate it, it is on here. (I woke up to 'Come Clean' by Hilary Duff for three years in High School. Still amazing.) This list is subject to change, and be added to.