Friday, February 11, 2011

VIDEO: "Disarm" (cover) - The Civil Wars

Song:  "Disarm"
Original Artist:  Smashing Pumpkins
Cover Artist:  The Civil Wars

I wasn't going to post again tonight until I came across The Civil Wars' cover of my favorite Smashing Pumpkins song, "Disarm."  The song is hauntingly beautiful in its original form, and I've heard a few covers of "Disarm" (including by the aforementioned Ryan Star, which was brilliant) that evoke the same emotion as the original.  The Civil Wars, with their incredible harmonies, re-invented the song in the stunning display seen and heard above.  Take a listen and check out their new album, Barton Hollow, available now.  I already have a feeling this may be the best album purchase I make all year.

- S

VIDEO: "You and Me" - Ryan Star

Song:  "You and Me"
Artist:  Ryan Star

Music is such an important component in my makes me happy; it keeps me sane.  Music is my therapy, so to speak.  So plan on seeing a lot of posts sharing some of my favorite music with all of you beautiful people.

Ryan Star's "You and Me" (a bonus track on his major label debut album, 11:59) gives me chills every time I hear it.  Watching this video from his CD release show at Irving Plaza in NYC last August brought tears to my eyes (and I can honestly say only two artists have ever made me teary-eyed because of a live performance - Paul McCartney and Ryan Star).  You can't help but be moved by the sheer emotion and passion he displays every time he performs.  It's unlike any artist I've ever had the pleasure of watching or hearing.  I remember listening to Ryan for the first time when I was a music writer back in 2003.  The song was "I Know Where You Are" and his band was Stage.  Ryan's music has stuck with me throughout the years and gotten me through some good and bad times.  I knew he was something special back amazing to see how far he's come.  He'll be opening three dates for Bon Jovi next month.  Never had any doubts...ever.


- S

Welcome to resistance...

NP:  “Dare You to Move” - Switchfoot

I’ve resisted long enough and have finally started a blog.  Why you ask?  I’m still not quite sure, but maybe I’ll figure it out along the way.  I’ve been a writer for almost half my life, so I suppose it comes with the territory.  Maybe we’ll take this journey together and truly discover the meaning of life…highly doubtful, but it’s nice to have goals, right?  So who am I?

I am a wife.  I am a daughter.  I am a sister.  I am an aunt.  I am a cousin.  I am a granddaughter.  I am a niece.  I am a sister-in-law.  I am a daughter-in-law.  I am a co-worker.  I am a friend.  I am God’s servant.  I am a writer.  I am a designer.  I am a photographer.  I am passionate.  I am creative.  I am loving.  I am loved.  I am a work in progress…

I am broken…but aren’t we all? 

That’s a beautiful thing.

- S