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!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

I'm resurrecting this blog! Jessica's Jams are still alive and well, just mostly in my heart. I've slowed down on the concert attendance, but I'm still every bit obsessed with music. I've been compiling playlists on Spotify and this is just one of a few I've done recently. Although I will still focus on music, I'll be sharing other things that I consider to be my "Jam", like podcasts, book suggestions and the like. Basically a cornucopia of awesome. More to come!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Wow it's November!

Sorry I've been M.I.A. lately, and I don't have any good excuses either.  But I will sum up my recent concert going experiences with a few pictures.


I saw Keane at their incredible show in at the end of June.

Met Joshua Radin who put on an excellent show as always

Met Lifehouse at My 99.5 in the Coca Cola lounge





 Those were some of the highlights.  I've loved the music of Lifehouse since I was in Jr. High when I went through a Creed/Lifehouse phase.  It was totally awesome, and ever since I've been hooked.  The band did a Q&A in between songs and they seemed really genuine and humble.  They are coming out with their sixth album in December and a video of the new single is below.  I hope their tour brings them to Salt Lake.  There are so many albums that have recently released/or are coming out soon.

Madi Diaz- We Threw Our Hearts Into the Fire
Matchbox Twenty- North
A Fine Frenzy-Pines
Taylor Swift- Red (Love her or hate her, she's an excellent songwriter)
The Script-#3
The Killers-Battle Born
Lifehouse-Almeria
 



Saturday, June 2, 2012

Madi Diaz and Harper Blynn are coming to town!

We went to see Madi Diaz open for Rachel Platten a couple weeks back.  They played at Kilby Court, it was my first experience seeing a show there, and when people say the venue is small, they aren't exaggerating.  It was a great show.  We met Madi before she did her set, and got a picture with her.  Her set was awesome and we were two of maybe thirty people there.  We knew all of the words to her songs and it was fun to sing along with her when no one else knew who she was. It was just her and her acoustic guitar.  In memory of Robin Gibb she played Emotion, it was a fantastic cover. We talked to her after and she was so nice to us.  It was such a great show and the best part about it is that she's coming back with Harper Blynn on the 21st.  I can't wait.  My two favorite up and coming artists at Kilby court, the smallest venue on the planet.  Tickets are $6 so it can't get any better than that! I can't wait for this show! In other news, Dave Barnes, one of my faves from Nashville is coming to Orem on June 13th . I am going to make the trek to Happy Valley to see the show. Check out his music, I'm posting a couple videos.  Gotta love summer and all the concerts it brings. 



Sunday, May 6, 2012

Harper Blynn and other concert happenings

Recently I haven't been able to stop listening to a band called Harper Blynn, I originally heard about them when Ingrid Michaelson announced who would be supporting her on tour.  At first I thought Harper Blynn was a woman, but much to my surprise if you'll watch the video posted below it's four men. I love their sound, and can't get enough of their awesome hooks and vivid story telling. What's even cooler is that they just came out with a new album that you can download absolutely free, 13 tracks, no strings attached.  Check out the album at harperblynn.com.  I have seen a lot of shows that I haven't been that diligent in blogging about. They have been great experiences, but I haven't taken the time to document each one.  Last night I saw a band that I absolutely love, for the second time in four months.  Augustana came back to Utah and played a show.  Maybe 100 people were there, but they came and played as if thousands were there. They played a lot of new stuff, and seem like they are in a really good place as a band.  I hope they release a new album soon.
 Last weekend I went to see Snow Patrol.  I have loved this band since I first heard Chasing Cars on Grey's Anatomy.  They recently came out with a new album called Fallen Empires. This band can do no wrong in my eyes. I find it completely unreal that bands can come out with new albums that I love in their entirety. They put on a high energy show and were completely genuine and fun to watch.

There have been a lot of new albums released from bands that are worth mentioning.

Greg Laswell~ Landline
Eric Hutchingson~Moving Up Living Down
Keane~Strangeland (releases tomorrow)
Harper Blynn~Busy Hands
Train~California 37