Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Boy Who Cried Wolf


Passenger just released their latest album entitled The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  I was really excited when I found it on Amazon Prime Music.
 I love the guitar pick patterns used on each of the songs.  Makes we want to practice harder myself. This album has a lot of variety from melancholy to whimsical tracks. Take a listen to a few of my favorite tracks below.  











Monday, July 17, 2017

Hover

Growing up, there was a game on our first PC called Hover. My siblings and I would fight over who would play next. This game was the greatest. It was capture the flag on a hover craft. Since my Dad keeps all of the software he has ever purchased, I was able to install the game on my laptop. The graphics were a little wonky on the laptop, since it was part of the Windows 95 package, but it brought back lots of memories. I wrote a song in Garageband to pay tribute to this wonderful game. Check it out!




Monday, July 10, 2017

Tycho



I recently discovered a new podcast called Song Exploder. The guests of the podcast discuss their songs and break down each element of how they wrote it.  Tycho was one of the guests breaking down his song Awake. The songs are put together piece by piece and the whole song is played at the end of the episode. I really love their sound and it's a nice change from the norm.  Thier music is great for studying, reading or just trying to concentrate. The full album from YouTube is above. Tycho is definitely worth the listen!




Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Read To Me Siri

I read quite a few books and when I say read, I mean listen to books. I buy most of my books in kindle format and have Siri read to me. It's a nice way around paying for the audio version. You can change the settings on your iPhone or iPad to read to you as well as go to the next page. I use it on my commute and it's really helped me finish the majority of books in my queue. So how do you create this magic for yourself? Go to Settings>General>Accessibility>Speech and turn on "Speak Screen". Once you are in the Kindle app, pull down from the top of the screen with two fingers. Keep the screen active or it won't keep reading. You can adjust the speaking rate and change the voice. Siri is the default, but I find her voice to be quite annoying after a few sentences. Apple has created a lot of different voice options. I use Daniel enhanced from the U.K. and he is great. Like most robots he mispronounces words occasionally, but half the fun is laughing at the messed up words.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Heart Break

I have a love hate relationship with Country Music. I went through a phase when I was around 10, when that was all I would listen to. Alan Jackson, Shania Twain and Tim McGraw were the greatest! I made my parents buy me a pair of cowgirl boots in Jackson Hole that I wore once. I was convinced I would become a singer like Shania. It was a big part of my life. Since that time I've been a bit more selective about what type of country I listen to. There are certain categories that country music is broken into. You have pop country, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Dan and Shay, you get it. There is twangy country like George Strait, Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney. Then there's a sub genre of groups like Florida Georgia Line who aren't really country but they collaborate with the Backstreet Boys and still claim country. Even after my temporary country phase, I tend to lean more towards pop country.
Lady Antebellum just released their latest record Heart Break. I love their sound and find their songwriting clever and surprising. My favorite song is the title track heart break. This song is going to be my theme song this summer. I saw Lady Antebellum a few summers back and they are coming back to Salt Lake on their tour this Summer. I look forward to jamming to heart break all summer long. The link to their album is below. Do yourself a favor and check them out!










Saturday, June 17, 2017

The 5 Second Rule


Despite what you may think, the 5 Second Rule is not about eating food off the floor. It's a book that I've read recently by Mel Robbins. I discovered Mel when she was on the School of Greatness podcast with Lewis Howes. Her story was so relatable and I loved how straightforward she is. She describes a time in her life where she did not want to get out of bed every single day. Her tomorrow's  were always going to be better, but they never were. She decided to do something about it. She saw a commercial of a rocket launching and the countdown to launch : 5,4,3,2,1. She promised herself that the next day she would launch herself out of bed when the alarm went off, after counting down 5,4,3,2,1. Her trick worked! It didn't just help her get herself out of bed in the morning, it helped her overcome her daily anxiety and fear, one countdown at a time. The 5 Second Rule has helped me overcome some of my fears and propelled me to act when I normally would overthink or talk myself out of it. Mel has a TED talk that briefly talks about the 5 Second Rule entitled How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over. Mel discusses ideas in the Ted talk such as parenting yourself, doing things because you should, not necessarily because you feel like it. It's such an interesting topic, I will never feel like changing, and motivation does not magically appear. The confidence and the power comes in doing, not before. The link to the 5 Second Rule is below. I hope you will find the book as beneficial as I have.

How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over 






Monday, June 12, 2017

Music Monday

Monday can either be really great or really awful, it all depends on your outlook. In the hopes of making yours better, I've put together a playlist of songs I've been jamming to lately. Find them here. I've been listening to a true crime podcast for the last few months called Up and Vanished. The host, Payne Lindsay dives into a 12 year old cold case. If you enjoyed Serial, you will LOVE this. Make sure to start from the very beginning. It's available on Google Play and iTunes or through upandvanished.com. The story has been riveting from the very start. Check it out!
 I have enjoyed creating some beats in GarageBand. I've included the link to the right of the tracks I've written for your listening pleasure. Don't let Monday get you down!