A song I can’t shake

Wow right? Well, that’s what I thought when I first heard this amazing song of love lost by Ron Pope. It’s not a new song (released in 2009) but it’s new to me. Yeah, it’s really the piano playing and simple lyrics that carry the weight and the meaning in this song. It’s so beautiful and so haunting. Enjoy!

#TaylorSwiftTuesday

Yeah, its a thing, even if I’m the only person who subscribes to it, I still believe Taylor Swift should be celebrated every Tuesday.

Confession time: I love her. I love everything about her, and if she did a cover of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I would blog about it.

I probably love her for the same reason most females my age love her: she relates to us, and puts our emotions into words we didn’t have ourselves, tacks them to a catchy tune and makes millions (okay I can’t relate to the latter)

To celebrate her genius, here is one of my favorite songs of hers, the little-known Ours, off her 2011 album Speak Now.

The music video isn’t special, and she’ll never have to have an office job, but its cute. Like her, she is cute (you can also see how ridiculously tall she is in this video).

Enjoy

Happy notes from New Zealand

I’ve just returned from a brief road trip to the Eastern Cape, and one thing that road trips always make me aware of is the importance of playlist. When you have four people in a car, there are bound to be various music tastes in a small space.
Fortunately for us, Avalanche City has one of the friendliest and most likeable sounds around. I Love Love Love (see what I did there) these guys from Down Underer (as Flight of the Conchords would say). Originally founded by Dave Baxter, the international success of New Life Above the Ground, his first album, was unprecedented and unexpected. Now he’s got some friends together and is working on a second album, of which this song is a taster of what’s to come (besides having a ridiculously adorable video). I love their use of unusual instruments, and almost all of their songs have sweet, upbeat and positive lyrics and messages, perfect for a road trip.  They are particularly fond of cartoons and stock animation.

Happy Monday

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It’s always summer in Durbs

Ah man I love this song! It’s upbeat notes make me jive, mostly in my car. It’s one of those songs that causes me to release a little squeal when it starts to play on the radio.
Is it just me or is SA music improving in leaps and bounds?
This Durbanite Michael Lowman has smooth sounds, his voice is soft, and his lyrics aren’t cheesy.

Enjoy, I’m off to the Grahamstown Festival for a week

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The Green band from Canada

This band is so good its just ridiculous. From Montreal, Groenland (Afrikaans in Canada?) released their debut album, The Chase, in April this year.

Originally formed as an electro-pop group, they thought it would be more fun to add instruments like cello and violin, giving them a unique, indie-sound (plus I love bands that play real instruments).

Lead singer, Sabrina, has a voice similar to Nanna, lead vocalist of Of Monsters and Men (except that Groenlands lyrics actually make sense).

In case you haven’t figured it out, I love these guys, even though I only discovered them on Tuesday. I hope you like them too

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Midweek smile

This is a relatively old music video from Australian outfit Temper Trap. They’ve since released their second album.

This (their best song ever) appeared on their 2010 album conditions. In fact, it was the reason I bought the album in the first place.

I love this music video, it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen, my favorite is the little curly-haired kid in the middle, and the ending just makes it.

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Love for the local scene

Shaun Jacobs. I’d never heard of him until I heard his very “Mumford-like” tune “Love can do anything” on the radio one day.
How awesome is this tune? The call to love, because of its power to change the world resonates deep within me.
I love the “lovers in Japan” type rift as well. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Unfortunately no music video as yet, but take a listen here and let me know what you think

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