Music to My Ears

How about some music? That stuff is great. Something I don’t tell alot of people: my father had a house rule growing up — Christian music only. Of course, we all broke the rule except for Dad, but I will leave that one alone and move on. I really enjoy all types of music. Everything from Contemporary Christian to Rap, Rock, Metal, Electronica, Classical, and there are even some Country songs that are starting to grow on me. Music is a splendid thing. It can often capture our emotions in one swoop, and give us words to vocalize exactly what we are feeling.

While writing the first paragraph, I was listening to The Pretender by the Foo Fighters. I really like this song. Alot of people may have know that the lead singer from Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, was once the drummer for Nirvana — lead by Kurt Cobain. Another good one from Foo Fighters is Best of You. This one brings back alot of memories from my days standing armed watches in ISF while serving in the Navy at Naval Station Norfolk. That’s a good start for Rock.

Now Metal is something totally different and fun. I consider Linkin Park to be Metal. Lately, I have really been enjoying No More Sorrow. If you haven’t heard this song, it’s time to click on the link and enjoy! I also really like the whole Meteora album, along with the whole Hybrid Theory album. Now, when it comes to Metal, I would be remiss in failing to mention Slipknot. I really like the first, self-titled album from 1999. It’s the best in my opinion. That about covers it for Metal. These two bands are different but similar enough that you should get a good feel for it.

Now on to Rap. Who doesn’t like Eminem. I mean, seriously. One of my favorite songs of all time is Sing for the Moment. This is actually rap dubbed over an Aerosmith song. I was watching a documentary for it once, and they suggested that Eminem wrote it as a way to demonstrate that Rap isn’t all that different from Classic Rock, something I am not very schooled in; so, I really appreciate this song. Next, we have a newer and more motivational Not Afraid. That will wrap up the non-Christian rap <– You see what I did there?

Now, Electronica is catching on with a fury. I have two groups I want to recommend. First, I start with Noisia. They are a Dutch group, and their song Machine Gun 16-Bit Remix in 1080p is ridiculous. You should stop and take a listen. Give it some time. The second “drop” is brutal…I mean truly fantastic! I have never heard anything like it in all of music, muchless Electronica. Now, for a little more on the chill side, we have Blackmill. Their song Spirit of Life is an excellent one. I will probably even procrastinate moving on in order to finish the song. It’s that good! But this basically finishes the intro to Electronica. I hope you guys enjoyed this section. It’s my newest musical attraction.

As for Classical, I was introduced to that while in Seminary. There is this Korean kid that does Canon in D by Pachelbel on Electric Guitar. The video is here. It literally changed how I looked at Classical music. In fact, I now view Electronica as “Modern Classical” music. This may sound strange, but if you listen to enough, you will hear what I am talking about.

As for Country, I am going to introduce two songs: Smoke Break by Carrie Underwood and It’s a Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt. Both of these songs are very easy to relate to, for me. Well, Country is trying to grow on me, but I have been resistant. Some of you will understand, and some will be flabbergasted, but as long as we can all stay friends, then it’s all good!

Finally, I saved the best for last. There is alot of good Christian music, but I will introduce two artists. First and foremost, there is always David Crowder. This guy has been making music since the 90s, and he and his band(s) are super talented! I will post one music video of How He Loves that will hopefully blow you away! It does it for me…every time. Next up, is NF. Now, imagine if Eminem got saved, and that is basically what you get from him. His album Mansion is easy to listen to all the way through, but I am growing particularly fond of Notepad. I encourage you to take a listen and see for yourself!

Well, that is all I have to say about that, minus some sort of conclusion, because I am not a Neanderthal. I grew up in a musically restrictive home, but I managed to unshelter myself and get exposed to lots of great music, and this is just the start. Hopefully you have enjoyed my DJing for the day, and I want to thank you for reading my blog. Be sure to like or subscribe for more great content!

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