Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Speak Now

I have read many articles about Taylor Swift's latest album and the speculation about the songs she writes and who they are about.  I take these articles with a grain of salt. One article I read was saying that Taylor Swift puts hidden messages in her lyrics.  To me it seems like they are comparing her to acts like Led Zeppelin who are known for that......Let's get this out of the way.  Taylor Swift is no where near the talent of Led, but she is a talented songwriter. She did Crossroads with Def Leppard which I thoroughly enjoyed.  As for her other live singing, I could do without that. Anyway, back to the real reason I started this post.....her new album.  At first listen I thought it was great.  Some of the tracks seemed like she was trying to think outside the box, which is good for her cookie cutter country image.  There was one thing that I noticed and liked best was the song she wrote called Dear John;  the track has been thought to be about John Mayer.  If it is, Taylor shot him right between the eyes.  Not only does she describe his personality, and how he "wronged" her, but she uses his song writing style on the track.  If the guitar part doesn't sound like what John Mayer would play, I don't know what would.  I think it's hilarious that she "got the last word" with this well-crafted song.  You've got to hand it to Taylor, she knows how to tell a story.  That's what I like most about her songwriting. Like her previous album Fearless, every track is great and  you can listen to one track after another. As for writing songs about all of the men she dates, don't date Taylor Swift unless you want a song written about you. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


The other night I was watching a Beatles documentary.(Yes that is how I like to spend my free time).  I was listening to them talk about the making of Revolver.  I realized I loved a bunch of tracks on that album and didn't even realize it.  The recording for the album took place in Abbey Road Studios. George Harrison wrote and sung three songs on the album. John and Paul wrote and performed the other tracks except for Ringo Starr as lead vocalist for Yellow Submarine.  

In front of Abbey Road Studios

The track titled I'm Only Sleeping is about how John Lennon spent most of his free time sleeping.  If you know me, this is a man after my own heart.  The documentary had mentioned that while John was sleeping, Paul was writing new songs.  Paul's songwriting ability is immaculate. I especially like the track Here, There, and Everywhere.  The melodies and harmonies are wonderful.  Paul is great at writing as John Lennon put it "Silly Love Songs".  Eleanor Rigby is probably one of my most favorite songs that the Beatles wrote.  It sounds like nothing they would usually record.  They were experimental, that's what made them great.  The strings, combined with the haunting harmonies and story-telling make this track timeless.  The album cover was illustrated by the Beatles friend in Hamburg Klaus Voormann before the Beatles became famous. So much has been written about the Beatles and my sad attempt is just another, but they are amazing and the short time they spent together changed rock and roll forever.  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Concerts in Retrospect

The first concert I ever attended was Brittany Spears. Don't judge.  I was in the seventh grade.  My best friend Karly got tickets so we went.  From the eyes of a seventh grader it was awesome! After that I was hooked.  Here are some of the concerts I've attended:
Bryan Adams
Right Before Keane
  • Brittany Spears
  • Huey Lewis and the News
  • Foreigner
  • Journey and Def Leppard
  • Nyco
  • The Goo Goo Dolls
  • The Killers -front row
  • The Fray
  • The Police
  • Smashmouth
  • Allred
  • The Eagles and Michelle Branch
  • Keane and Mat Kearney
  • .38 Special/Styx/REO Speedwagon
  • Marc Cohn-Front Row
  • Coldplay
  • The Killers
  • Bryan Adams
  • David Archuleta
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Paul McCartney
  • Ben Folds
  • Keane w/ Ingrid Michaelson and Fran Healy
  • Train
    Coldplay: That's how close we were
    The Killers
 I don't really want to know how much money I've spent in total going to all of these but it's been worth every penny.  My top five concerts would have to be Paul McCartney, the Police, Coldplay, Keane, and Bryan Adams.  Every single one I've attended has been an awesome experience.  They all have been different and very enjoyable.  When we saw the Police, Elvis Costello opened for them.  He was great, but my heart stopped when Sting came out to perform Alison with Elvis in a white suit.  He was utterly breathtaking. The Police rocked the whole night and Sting's voice was still as impeccable as it had been when they had originally recorded their albums.  Paul McCartney was just amazing. I think of him on SNL on the Chris Farley show.  "Remember that one time when you were with the Beatles, and you wrote that album Abbey Road? That was awesome."  Paul as Chris Farley put it, is a living legend.  He is a wonderful musician and performer. He rocked Rio Tinto stadium for two hours without taking a break.  I was amazed that a guy that was 69 years old could still rock that hard.

I went to see Coldplay in Los Angeles with some of my family.  They were incredible showmen.  At one point in the show they came up into the nosebleeds (where we were) and performed three songs.  I was roughly 15 feet away from Chris Martin and the rest of the band.  It was an awesome experience.  Bryan Adams is in a league all his own.  The guy writes hit after hit and is still writing and touring successfully.  We had really great seats and I was just in awe of this man.  Most of the songs he played I knew every word to, but there were some that I hadn't heard but loved.  I love it when you hear a song and you have to immediately download it.  That's how it was when we went to see Bryan.  I love going to see my favorite artists in concert and I really can't get enough of it.  My dream concert would be to go see Eric Clapton or Phil Collins.  I've had dreams that I saw Eric Clapton, but in reality it hasn't happened yet. Well for now, for those about to rock I salute you.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This Is It

Today I was home sick from school and work.  I had to do something other than sleeping to occupy my time so I went onto my netflix and selected This Is It from my instant queue.  I had been putting off watching this for a long time.  Now that I have watched it, I don't know why I had put it off.  When MJ originally passed away I was really puzzled why everyone was making as big of a deal about it as they did.  This documentary is brilliantly done.  I was amazed at the energy of Michael and the fact that his voice was still as amazing as it was when he originally recorded the albums.  The thing about Michael Jackson was that from the time that he was with the Jackson 5 he knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it. He was hands on in the production of the upcoming tour and talked with the musicians and dancers and instructed them to do exactly what he wanted.  Whenever I would see Michael Jackson on the news or tv he came across as a diva.  He couldn't be further from a diva in This Is It. The only thing that he cared about was the music, and he needed everyone to do their part to make that happen.  Along with the music, his dancing was still articulate. I'm really glad someone had the great idea to film the rehearsals of his upcoming tour. Check it out.  You'll be happy you did. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Kaleidoscope Heart

Sara Bareilles, one word to describe her new album-----groovy.  I started liking Sara when I first heard Love Song on the radio.  My hate for this song grew when one of my friends used it as a ringtone.  I overcame my hate when the ringtone was changed.  Her songwriting is brilliant and she tells a story will all of her songs.  The album starts out with the album title Kaleidoscope Heart which is just an a cappella song with awesome harmonies.  One of the songs that changes my mood would have to be Uncharted.  The music is upbeat and just gets you movin.  One of the main things I like about Sara is that she writes all of her own songs.  If you know me, you know that most of the artists I listen to are singer/songwriters.  These people deserve to be on the radio because they put their heart and soul into their music.  If you want to go see Sara in Concert she is coming to Las Vegas on the 23rd of this month and Salt Lake in November.  Give her album a listen, I absolutely love every single track.  

Sunday, October 10, 2010

All about the tunes

Hey, I'm Jessica and I have an obsession with music.  Some would argue, it's beyond obsession, and they would be right.  I attend concerts religiously and enjoy finding out different factoids about the lives of artists and how they came to be. This blog will be mainly about the music I love and the concerts I attend.  The next concert on my calendar is Bryan Adams.  He's coming to St. George and performing his songs acoustically.  I saw him in Salt Lake when my little sister took me for my birthday last year.  The guy is a freakin stud and my awesome roommate Savannah is coming with me, and I'm super psyched to go.  My little sister Jana is the one person who has very similar musical taste and enjoys seeing these people perform as much as I do. It's difficult to attend many concerts when you are living in Cedar City, so I travel to Salt Lake and Vegas a lot to get my musical fix.  Hope you enjoy this blog and there will be many blogs to come of new albums that I will review.