I’m one of those people who can’t live without music and am always seeking new stuff to listen to. Thankfully, 2013 saw some really great albums released. Although not complete, these are my initial top picks and recommendations for albums to get into your collection….and your ears.
(Big thanks to Steve and Shannon for introducing me to a few of these albums. Also, if you have any recommendations, please include them in the comments below!)
I took great pleasure the other week telling my good friend Derrick that the sultry, smooth voice behind Rhye was actually that of a man. As a long-time fan and listener of Mike Milosh, I recognized it right away the first time I heard Rhye (who Derrick introduced me to).
Derrick, on the other hand, has probably spent several evenings fantasizing about this beautiful goddess….an obvious twin to Sade based on voice alone. But in his defense, every early review of Rhye also indicated the vocals were female.
Rhye is Canadian Mike Milosh on vocals and Robin Hannibal – a Danish producer and songwriter. Their music pulls me in, wraps me up in a cashmere blanket and holds me close. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on their album early and I will admit – I’ve fallen fast and hard.
Music is, without a doubt, one of the most important things in my life. It defines moments in time for me – good and bad – and I simply cannot live without the stuff. It’s like a drug and I’m heavily addicted to it’s effects.
As such, I’ve made every effort to ensure that mini-me is a true musicphile and not your typical 21st century teen who’s mind is closed to anything outside of todays Top 10. From strategically placing a speaker on either side of my belly throughout my pregnancy, to playing the great 1970’s rock bands like Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, and Bob Seger constantly as she was growing up. Of course, this also included the lesser known’s like Al Stewart, Gary Wright, and the Little River Band.
The point is: she has always been exposed to the love of music that has held me so tightly my entire life.
I’ll be up front about this: I’m not a Lady Gaga fan, (or Man Gaga – whatever). Yes, there is definitely vocal talent there, but it’s been swallowed up by the fame machine and now she’s just way too freakish and fake for my liking. Take a look at this early video of her and you’ll see what I mean.
But I have to admit…this Bad Romance song is pretty damn catchy and has totally grown on me. It’s been a slow process mind you – I didn’t like it when I first heard it – not one bit actually. The whole rah rah ah ah ah ah part didn’t jive. But now? I can’t help but belt that song out in the shower….and while I’m driving….or picking bean sprouts at the grocery store….quite literally, everywhere….(and I profusely apologize to anyone who can hear me).
Now…excuse me while I go throw some white latex and jewels on and resurrect Michael Jackson through this crazy robot dance…….rah rah ah ah ah ah….
David Gray, arguably the greatest songwriter out there, just released his newest album “Draw the Line”. This is one of my favourite songs off it. The lyrics are amazing. I CANNOT wait to see him at Massey Hall at the end of October.