Monday, December 20, 2010

David Archuleta

Well, this weekend was jam-packed with awesome.  I went up to Salt Lake to attend the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's annual Christmas Concert featuring David Archuleta.  I was one of the lucky 1.5 million people who were vying for tickets.  Friday night my little sister and I went to Deseret Book to stand in line to get David's autograph. (Yes we're that hard core.)  I bought his book Chords of Strength to have him sign. I kind of laughed at the title at first but then realized it's a play on words because he overcame a vocal chord problem.  He was nice, he really is a man of not so many words. The people were rushing us through the line that we didn't really get to say much to him.  Saturday we went to the concert.  I love Christmas, Christmas music, and David Archuleta.  It was the perfect combination.  David just seems like he's so happy when he's singing. I think it's exactly what he wants to be doing.  He was very gracious and really dumbstruck that he was chosen to perform with the MoTab.  They did some really great songs.  My favorite was Angels From the Realms of Glory.  It was the concluding song and the big finish.  I love David's voice and I was literally hanging on every word he was singing.  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was great as always.  The narrator Michael York is a well-known actor, but I only know his as Professor Archer Fleming from Gilmore Girls.  We also were able to attend Music and the Spoken Word the following day.  We had excellent seats and were on section away from the prophet which was awesome.  One of my favorite moments from Sunday was when David waved goodbye to the Choir, half of the women's section waved back.  It was awesome, those middle-aged women love their David. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Rock and the Tide

Joshua Radin is one of my favorite "up and coming" artists.  I have a broad range of musical taste, and he peaked my interest when one of my friends introduced him to me.  Joshua Radin really got his start from being friends with Zach Braff from Scrubs.  Joshua's song Winter was played on an episode of Scrubs. I enjoyed Joshua's first album We Were Here.  For me, it's rare to find an album that I love every track.  We Were Here is one of those albums.  My favorite tracks have to be Star Mile, Closer, and What If You. He also has a song called Paperweight with Schuyler FiskI love her voice and this collaboration led me to buy her album, The Good Stuff.  Joshua then released his next album called Simple Times. He really thinks outside the box with this one.  He uses the banjo on some tracks as well as his signature acoustic guitar.  On this album he does a few more collaborations with other female artists including Ingrid Michaelson, and Patty Griffin. For me, when I like an artist, it's all about the voice.   Joshua's voice is quieter than most people you would hear on the radio, but just enough to really make you stop and listen.  This year Joshua's new album is entitled, The Rock and the Tide.  From the first track, he's got you hooked.   Road To Ride On is the first track and I love it.  If you've never heard of Joshua, check him out.  His songs have been featured on shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, Brothers and Sisters, and American Idol.