Intro to video

As an amateur video producer, I would like to share with you my first attempt at capturing music in a set time… Through Instagram, I have recorded the acoustic guitar playing of a Tom Petty song. Let’s see if you can guess what song this is after listening to the 15 second intro.

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I did say amateur, but really, I hope it wasn’t that bad… Thanks for watching.

More country controversy.

I’ve heard this many times before, from friends who have such a huge dislike for country music, “all country songs are the same.” You can find numerous articles, blogs, posts, tweets, and videos supporting this opinion, and little to none defending it.

CMT posted an article, “Proof That All Country Music Sounds the Same,” where  they explore the experiment of a YouTube user, Gregory Todd. Gregory Todd is a songwriter who was having a difficult time getting his songs into the country music line up. His experiment was done in the hopes of finding the “narrow definition” of what producers call country.

People may feel that this video is perfect for putting country in its place, because “it’s all the same,” but I feel like it actually makes the music more intriguing. The fact that the video shows you the music… well, just watch and see what you think.

I think country music is doing just fine.

The newest uproar in country music.

Before beginning to read this blog post, be warned that it is a touchy subject for some people. I’m not intending to offend anyone or shove my beliefs at anyone, but this is MY BLOG, so my opinions will be clear.

On October 21st the country band, Little Big Town released the album Pain Killer which featured their new hit song “Girl Crush.” I’ll be honest, when I first heard the title “Girl Crush” on the radio I automatically assumed it was about a lesbian couple. Of course, I never paid attention to the lyrics, because I didn’t much like the melody at the beginning of the song.

My reasoning for not liking the song is seemingly mild compared to that of the recent radio uproar in Boise, Idaho. Country music radio station 104.3 FM is taking heat from listeners who assumed exactly the same thing that I did, that the song represented a “gay agenda.”

When listening to the song again, I can see where people would get confused by the lyrics, not that it should matter.

Little Big Town’s response to this controversy is very well put and I completely agree with their disappointment in listeners with such closed minds. I know that this can be a touchy subject because of the various beliefs people have, however, I don’t think people have a right to complain about the artists intentions. If a song comes on the radio that I don’t like, I turn the station, put in a CD, or turn it off completely.

There is no reason for such an uproar when the problem can be solved by simply turning off the radio or respecting that people have different beliefs and containing your negative opinions about them.

Let’s get creative.

People are always trying to find new and exciting ways to complete everyday, mundane tasks. Many times, this new, unique way is with music: brushing your teeth for the correct length of time by singing your ABCs in your head, proposing to the love of your life via song, memorizing information to the music of a song, maybe even searching for a roommate…

This is one of the most adorable examples I could find of a proposal through song and dance… This is a “lip-dub” proposal to the song Marry You by Bruno Mars.

Another interesting way to use music can be seen in this video. A man searches for a roommate by posting a music video showing potential roommates the area and the apartment he is offering them if they would want to move in. His song “Come Live With Me In Brooklyn” was posted on Youtube.

Personally, I would be more likely to say yes to someone who spent so much time and effort on proposing to me and I would be more impressed and humored by rooming with someone who creatively posts and ad seeking a new roommate. Next time you’re looking for a way to impress and wow, try something new, incorporate music, dance and sing. It really can make the most boring task more energized.

Youtube Music Awards 2015

There’s this new thing called the YouTube Music Awards show. Youtube has compiled 50 winners from this year and now they’re kindly releasing 13 new music videos for fans to watch. The show has music from the following artists:

Action Bronson ft. Chance the Rapper, Cahoots, Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran & Rudimental, FKA twigs, Kygo ft. Parson James, Lindsey Stirling, Martin Garrix ft. Usher, MAX ft. Hoodie Allen, Migos, Megan Nicole, Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, and Shamir.

If you’re a fan of any of these artists or music videos in general, this is for you. It’s a new type of show to honor the hard work these artists and music producers do for our entertainment. Hopefully this will be a new trend, because it’s pretty cool…

Get the YTMA 2015 Music Video Playlist, subscribe to the Youtube Music Awards channel, and get a look behind the scenes at how the laser-filled launch film for the 2015 YouTube Music Awards was made.

Without further delay, as posted today on Youtube, the 2015 Youtube Music Awards show. Enjoy.

Spring Break or Bust.

No matter where you’re going for break, what you plan on doing, or how you’re getting there, I’ve got music for you. First let’s start off with your road trip experience. Some of these songs may not be for you, but they could give you some ideas for building your personal playlist.

ROAD TRIPPIN’

These 50 songs may make or break your trip depending on your musical tastes. Don’t be shy, take a look at them.

What about a game? How well do you know music? Could you handle this Alphabet Singing Road Trip game?

  • The first player sings the chorus of a song whose title begins with A, e.x: “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles.
  • The song title must also be featured in the chorus.
  • The second person then starts a song, whose title begins with B. And so on.
  • You decide on a time limit for each person to think of a song and start singing.

May seem lame, but hey, it could be just what you need to make your road trip humorous.

Now, what about a playlist for your destination? Whether it’s home, a foreign country, or somewhere nice and warm, you need something to listen.

SPRING BREAK PLAYLISTS

Hard Rock Energy provides you with a playlist consisting of songs that “are your jam,” “socially acceptable,” and “are for wooing.”

For you country lovers out there, Whiskey Riff provides you with the Ultimate Spring Break Playlist of 2015.

FAREWELL

Spring breakers, I will leave you with these last few words of wisdom. Your music selection on your spring break trip may just connect you with some really fun, new people. So don’t be afraid to belt out your favorite tunes and blast your beats. I hope you all have a wonderful break and I will continue posting the Monday after break.

Wedding Vibes

Depending on where you’re from and how you were raised, weddings can have very, very different tones. For example, growing up in Southern Indiana and attending weddings led me to believe that the common wedding traditions included…

-Fried chicken

-Open bars

-Country and Rock music 

And lots of DANCING.

On the other hand, I’ve been to a wedding in Memphis, Tennessee. The meal was fancy, the music was more pop, and there was no such thing as an open bar or dancing all night.

So, my wedding experiences have ranged from very rural to very urban in music. I asked an engaged Purdue student, who is currently planning her wedding, about some of her song choices for her wedding. Taylor is from the Indianapolis area, so I’m expecting her overall music genre to be more hip-hop based on her city location, but we’re about to find out together as I ask her questions regarding her song choices.

Q: What do you feel the most played genre/genres of music will be at your wedding? 

A: Our family and friends enjoy a mix of rock and country so I’m assuming that’s what will be playing.

Q: Do you plan on there being any hip-hop or rap played at your reception?

A: I don’t plan on playing any rap or hip-hop (unless Cha Cha Slide counts?) because most of the invited guests have the same music interests.

Q: So on a more personal level, what song did you pick for your father-daughter dance?

A: For father-daughter dance I chose the song “Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith. I chose this song because of the message it sends about my father and I’s relationship.

Q: What message does it convey?

A: When listening to the lyrics of this song, it talks how he (the singer) wants to spend his life next to her and witness every moment together. I feel like that represents my dad’s support for me.

Q: How do you think he’ll respond to your song choice, and why? 

A: I know he’ll more than likely cry. He acts tough, but I’ve see him cry during Sarah McLaughlin commercials, plus I’m his only girl.

Q: What about your first dance with your husband, what song did you decide on and why?

A: We went to a Keith Urban concert and Fritz (my fiance) started to sing “Making Memories of Us,” badly I might I add, but it was romantic. We both love country music so the decision was easy.

Q: What about the wedding party? What song will they enter to at the reception?

A: I love the song “Uptown Funk” but we aren’t going to decide until the date gets closer. Who knows what funky beats will out next summer.

For those of you planning a wedding or helping to plan a wedding, here are some ideas for you. Thank you Taylor for sharing your wedding song selection with us and we hope it’s a hit.

Songs to Get You Through This Week

It’s the week before spring break. We all need some positive vibes while taking our last exams and finishing our last assignments and hours of work. Being the friendly and helpful person that I am, I’m going to help you by giving you some examples of what you should be listening to these last few days.

Let’s just say, as students, we’re going to be feeling invincible this week… some may even say bullet proof. But remember, we’re not bullet proof, so don’t forget to take your exams and turn in your homework.

Titanium- David Guetta

Sometimes, we really want to give up this last week before break.. but you can make it through the week. You will get to your beautiful spring break trips. Just remember that you will survive the week.

I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor

All right. So you got a little too excited and you procrastinated on your studying. Maybe you didn’t study as much as you should have for that last exam… maybe you ran out of time to proof read your paper before submitting it… There is nothing you can do about it now, no need to worry about it, you just need to shake it off.

Shake It Off- Taylor Swift

It’s time to realize that you’ll just have to work a bit harder after break.. It can only go one direction from here…

Up- Shania Twain

When Friday rolls around you will have earned your trip to where ever it is you’re going. You’ll be gone from school for a week.

Gone- Montgomery Gentry

Stay tuned. Friday will be a blog post you don’t want to miss before spring break.

Unknown Music Scene: Lafayette

As Purdue students, we are surrounded by so many activities that the university offers us. Between Purdue Convocations and PMO, there’s always something going on around campus. But what if you’re looking for something local? Does local music exist in the Lafayette area?

The answer is yes.

Lafayette has an impressive local music selection that most people have no idea exists. From local bands that play live music to sponsored and supported musical groups, the Lafayette area has a lot to offer it’s residence.

An upcoming event you may want to look into:

Saturday, March 7th: The Joe Marcinek Band featuring Rob Dixon on saxophone and, Scott Pazera on Bass. White Vinyl Sky will be performing an opening acoustic set.

Mood Booster Music

Sometimes, as humans, we fall into these moods we just can’t get out of or explain. If you’re like me, these moods make it impossible to figure out what kind of music you should listen to while in them. Do we enhance the experience by seeking out a playlist that intensifies our feelings or to do we try to change our moods by playing something that is the opposite of what we’re feeling to counter it? What ever your desires may be, you don’t have to figure it out on your own.

Spotify has an amazing “Mood Booster” playlist if you’re looking to enhance or develop a happy mood.

–I’ve also stumbled upon a site called “Stereomood,” which is pretty interesting… I haven’t come across one song that I know, yet the music matches the mood you input into the search. It’s worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for new music.

–If you’re merely looking for songs to motivate you, out of these 20 songs, you’re sure to find one that helps.

These options may lead you to another discover, and if they do, I hope you’ll share them with me. Until then, work on finding the perfect mood booster music for you.