Audio Happiness

I have been absolutely awful with posting on my blog. Awful. I have been ridiculously busy doing a bunch of other things (like working/writing/going to school) but my goal is to start writing on this blog at least once or twice a week. As a writer I have been slacking to the extreme within the last couple of weeks and I think its important for me to write, even if its informal and about nothing in particular.

This week has been busy for me in a fantastic way, filled with live music. I was lucky enough to be able to see Jay Malinowski and The Deadcoast this past Saturday and that was purely amazing. Jay Malinowski used to be the lead singer of Bedouin Soundclash for those who don’t know, and he is an incredible performer and musician. He is also hilarious and dead sexy/charming as hell. I talked to him for three and a half minutes before realizing who he was (my brother introduced me to his music and I didn’t yet know what he looks like before I saw him live) and that was pretty amazing. He is a funny, funny guy and I am kind of glad that I didn’t know who we was at that point because I was able to behave like a sensible, calm human being. Still wish I could have given him a hug. Or showed him all of the songs of his on my iPod. Next time (Jay Malinowski groupie).

The show was amazing and he played songs from his new album such as Patience Phipps (Marry Me) and Donzoko Blues, but he also played obscure songs by other artists and his older songs. I truly love live music, especially in small venues like The Media Club (smaller than a gymnasium) because it really does allow you to feel closer to the music and a stronger connection to the musicians. Music really is an important part of mine and a lot of peoples lives and being able to see your favorite musicians live can be a really powerful thing. For example, if I ever saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers live I think I would actually implode. I wouldn’t even know what to do with all of my excitement. I would be a one person pandemonium. With this in mind I have chosen ten of my favorite songs of all time. From Jann Arden and The Beatles to James Horner and Josh Garrels (a talented musician from Oregon who I met on Mayne Island – the same place where he filmed the music video for “Slip Away”) – all of these musicians are people who I would kill to see live (even if some of the bands may not exist anymore) and whose music I love like crazy. If I could create a soundtrack for my life, this would seriously be it.

1. Good Mother-Jann Arden

2. Donzoko Blues – Jay Malinowski and The Deadcoast 

3. For the Widows in Paradise – Sufjan Stevens 

4. Yesterday – The Beatles

5. Slip Away – Josh Garrels

6. Vienna – Billy Joel

7. Have You Ever Seen The Rain – CCR

8. California Dreaming – Mamas and the Papas

9. Snow – Red Hot Chili Peppers

10. Let it Be – The Beatles

11. Hymn to the Sea – James Horner



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