Here we are…the last day of my blog for 2016. I believe in the importance of the weird, the silly, and the light-hearted. Sometimes we take things too seriously, and need to remember to have fun and explore creativity.
Though this album may have been highly influenced by recreational drugs, it still embodies those mentioned above. The Beatles were able to give themselves an alter ego to experiment and try something new.
What I learned from experimenting and trying something new this year:
Writing a meaningful entry every day of the week is very hard.
It creates interesting conversations
It provides a platform for developing new ideas
You have to keep things fresh…or your writing starts to flat-line.
When you’re writing starts to flat-line, you could end up repeating yourself. (see Days 60, 204, 85 & 203)
True test of your memory bank
There are a lot of albums I can’t stomach to listen to more than one time
I have many accomplishments
I really miss listening to playlists
Grammar/spelling mistakes…I gotta work on that 🙂
I’d like to dedicate this year’s blog ( my first blog ), to all the people that have influenced me musically and creatively throughout my life. There are a lot of you out there, and I’m very thankful for that 🙂
With that comes the idea for next year! In 2017 I will be interviewing people about their musical influences. Every Monday I will have a new entry with stories, memories, expressions from one or multiple individuals. I’m looking forward to hearing how music has shaped your life!
So, if you have a story that you’d like me to share, please e-mail it to me at: email@example.com
Another groundbreaking album. This one, from 1970. My friend Melissa introduced me to The Allman Brothers Band. Thank you, Melissa!
The Allman Brothers recorded this album (their second album) while on tour across the United States. Their band manager wanted them to move to New York instead of staying in the South in which their reply was a flip of the bird.
Although this album brought The Allman Brothers more commercial success, it was their live performances that really drew in fans. Incredible musicians with all types of southern influences. Gospel. Country. Blues. It was their ability to improvise and change the music at every show. One of the first commercially recognized “jam bands”.
When I listen to this album, it feels like a concert. Their jam wasn’t lost in this production.
Ps. Track 3 is one of my favorite songs of all time. “Midnight Rider”
I’ve never heard this album. Yes, I’ve listened to Franky Blue Eyes plenty of times…but just the popular hits. This is definitely different from the “New York, New York” Frank that I’m used to. From what I’ve read, this was a groundbreaking album of its time (1955). It was one of the first concept albums. Rather than being a collection of singles/hits, it was an album that presented a statement.
I chose this album to wrap up the year because of that. The purpose of this musical journey was to appreciate the art of an album.
Sunday morning Praise the dawning It’s just a restless feeling By my side
Early dawning Sunday morning It’s all the wasted years So close behind
Watch out the world’s behind you There’s always someone around you Who will call It’s nothing at all
Track 1-“Sunday Morning”
I bought this album about 4 years ago. It was the 45th anniversary edition. I am so glad I bought it…because it is probably one of the best albums I own.
It’s art….through and through. Also, probably one of the most influential albums of all time. It also happened to be recorded during one of artist Andy Warhol’s most prominent tours-hence the pop art banana on the album cover. Upon it’s release, it barely did a thing…sold 30,000 copies. It didn’t receive any praise until a decade later. Praised for its influence on modern rock, there has to be very few music connoisseurs out there that don’t have this in their collection.
The first time I heard The Velvet Underground was on the soundtrack for the film “Velvet Goldmine“
This album sounds pretty familiar. I must have heard it when I was little.
This is a pretty powerful album for the ladies! It was groundbreaking (1971) that a female singer/songwriter could hold the number one spot for 15 weeks. Carol held that record for 20 years. She also made the statement that women could use their voices in a much more creative and emotional way despite being held to such high vocal standards.
This album just warms my heart…or at least “Holly Jolly Christmas” does…because it is the best…Sam the Snowman 🙂
One of my favorite memories of that lovely song is when I was visiting back in Pennsylvania with my friend Kaitlin’s family. Going to their house on Christmas Eve was a personal tradition. Those present were Kaitlin, her mom, dad, aunt, uncle, sister and brother-in-law. I was expressing being upset about not hearing Holly Jolly Christmas at all that year. A few moments later the entire group started singing it 🙂 Good times.
As for the rest of this album…it just doesn’t compare to Holly Jolly Christmas.
So, I debated whether or not to listen to some Christmas albums…and decided, I just had to do it.
Christmas time with the Brubakers was all about music. We caroled, we jammed, we danced, and we blasted our Brubaker family band as loud as possible for the New Year. It was a beautiful thing 🙂
I loved waking up every morning to my parents playing music on their bose stereo, but Christmas time was just different. Everyone was in a good mood, there wasn’t much else going on to worry about…and we were all really excited to watch the faces of our family members as they opened their gifts from under the tree. I didn’t mind listening to old people music on the stereo…not one bit (except that one year when I just got really tired of it and decided to make a Punk Rock Christmas mixed CD to swap out for our family dinner-must have been the same year I took that debate class and learned the value of persuasion)
I look back on all the Christmases-es-es to date, and many of the memories involve music:
Caroling at my Grandparents’ house with all the extended family, and the men always singing “We Three Kings” in the most manly voices they could muster.
Going to see The Nutcracker at The Fulton Theater
The American Music Theater’s Christmas show
Singing in Choir for our Christmas performances
Playing baritone for our Christmas performances
Our Low Brass Christmas parties…
My parents’ Christmas Jam Sessions
Singing along with John Denver & The Muppets
Creating my “Punk Rock Christmas” mixed CD to play at the family dinner
Buying childrens musical instruments for my family members…just because
Singing along to Nightmare Before Christmas
TUBA CHRISTMAS!!! (in lancaster) Where a lot of Tuba players come together…decorate their Tubas..and play Christmas songs. It is the best.