Some people listen to music and all they hear are guitars, pianos and drums. I hear beyond the obvious…like the raw emotion in the singer’s voice. Actually, I more than hear it, I can feel it. I feel the emotion conveyed by the instruments combined with the voices and the nuances in the song. It’s a beautiful combination of art and emotion. It’s taking something sad and making it beautiful, like poetry set on fire. I like a lot of “sad”, melancholy music; It’s something real in a fake world. Maybe that’s why I listen to it so often..to feel something real. Sometimes, song lyrics are the only thing that can put words to what I am feeling, and suddenly I understand myself better.
Here are a few of my favorite singers/bands:
-Coldplay (the new album is amazing!)
-London Grammer (Hey Now and Strong are my faves)
-Lovelife (Their newest music is great, and Invisible and Exhaler are favorites from their old stuff)
-Semi Precious Weapons (Aviation High and Healer)
-Of Monsters and Men
-Mumford and Sons
-Drake (surprisingly, there are R&B hip-hoppy songs out there that convey more emotion than you’d think. Drake has some good ones)
-Bastille (Love the lyrics on Pompeii)
-Zedd (Sounds mainstream, but I really like the lyrics and enjoy the upbeat sound)
-Avicii (Mostly just Hey Brother and Wake Me Up)
-Shiny Toy Guns (I love their Major Tom cover, and there are plenty of hidden gems if you give them a listen)
Even seemingly upbeat songs can be deceiving-if you listen closely, sometimes there is more to it.