I Don’t Wish on Wishing Wells…

I’ve been a fan of Nat and Alex Wolff’s music since the Naked Brothers Band days. One of my favorite songs of theirs of recent years is “Disappointed” from the Black Sheep album from a few years ago. It inspired me to create a little illustration with some of the lyrics. And while I was creating that illustration, I actually filmed it:

Unfortunately, I was still figuring out how to film and had the tripod on my large drawing board between me and the paper which lead to the camera getting knocked about a bit while I was working. I didn’t know yet about flipping the footage over. I’ve since figured some of that out.

I had planned to do a tutorial on how I do the birthday shirts, but I have lost my voice this week to my allergies. So that will be next month’s video. I can only barely talk if I speak in my “Batman” voice. Good thing we have been reading a lot of super hero books lately. It doesn’t work quite as well on the regular stories.

May Day

Happy May Day, everyone! I have been working really hard this week to get ready for “officially” opening my Etsy store. I’ve got three (of my intended five) items up right now, and one of them is the focus of the video I have just finished.

It’s the stop motion video I recorded in March. It took a full month of cutting out the unnecessary parts, then half a day of recording the music and putting it all together. The fingers of my left hand are now bruised from recording way too many takes of the guitar part.

Golden Birthday

I turned 26 on Saturday, which means it was my “Golden Birthday.” And it was definitely a special one.

First off, this is where I spent the afternoon. It was amazing! They played two sets and at least two encores. It was also my first rock show, and the first concert I’ve ever been to where everyone in the audience was a fan of the band. You didn’t really have too many people who weren’t excited to be there.

I took some video as well, but the image quality is too poor to post. Those were mostly for me to listen to later anyway. And to show the boys the next morning.

The merch table had a really good deal on both records. They were $20 apiece, but you could get both for $30. Better than you could find at any actual record store. I also got the shirt that has been one of my favorites of theirs for a while.

The family I work for gave me these really cool Vans. They are the 50th anniversary woven leather ones. I would’ve worn them to the concert, except I had tweaked my ankle terribly earlier in the day and had to wrap it and wear high tops. I’ve never been able to wear slip-ons with my ankle wrapped. But I did get to wear them shopping the next day.

On Sunday, we raided the vinyl section at Barnes and Noble to spend my gift card. We attempted to go to Kohls, too, but somehow we forget every year that they close on Easter. We did that last year, too. Anyway, managed to find myself four more records for the collection and had a bit left on the card so I found a bound collection of Batgirl comics that continues the story from the digital issue I got a while back through a survey or something. I don’t really remember, but I got hooked on the storyline.

All-in-all it was a really great way to spend my birthday. How did you spend Easter weekend?

The Single Almost Ruined It

It happens once in a while that a relatively “unknown” (to the mainstream audience, doesn’t mean they don’t have a large following necessarily) band gains traction with a radio single. It used to happen a lot more often when people actually listened to the radio. You know, back in the ’00s, ’90s, and before, when people actually listened to radio.

There have been a lot of bands I’ve loved from the very first single. Or music video (back when television music stations actually played music videos). But, there have been some I’ve found out I liked in spite of that radio single. Because sometimes record companies choose the one song on the album that appeals to the masses, but doesn’t necessarily sound like any of the rest of the album.

Take the Plain White T’s for example. This is the song that introduced them to the mainstream audience:

It was ok, but it doesn’t really sound like the rest of their stuff. It’s more “radio-friendly,” I guess you could say. For the record, this is one of my favorites of theirs:

That was from the album before “Hey There Delilah,” but a lot of the other songs from that same album sound like that, too. It seems the taste of fame from that song got to them a bit, because they released a couple other songs in that same vein. But for the most part they went back to making music that sounds like their own music. Unfortunately, many other bands tend to start homogenizing their music when their popularity starts slipping (*cough* Maroon 5 *cough*). Many newer bands just start out that way in hopes of becoming famous. But I don’t want to hear the same thing from every band out there.

Musicians, keep your individuality and style. The reality show, mass produced music may make you fans for a minute, but giving them something unique will bring you dedicated fans who will support you way past your fifteen minutes of fame.

Have you ever been turned off by a song you heard on the radio, only to find out the band or artist had better music? Do you think all the songs on the radio are starting to blend together? Or have I just been listening to rock/punk music way too long to appreciate the differences in today’s pop?

That’s Where It Started

I love when I’m listening to music and a particular song strikes me as, “Hey! That’s the first song I ever heard from this band.”

Sometimes I will just start wondering, “What was the first song from this band?” It will bug me until I finally hear the song and have that epiphany.

Of course, most of the time I can’t be bothered to actually look it up. I end up wondering for days until I actually hear the song.

I can’t be the only one who does this, right? Or am I just crazy?

Do you ever find yourself recognizing songs as the first you heard from a band? What about looking it up to see what it was?

I Know Who I Want to Take Me Home

Or at least the song I want to listen to on the way. It’s no secret that I am a major Foo Fighters and They Might Be Giants fan, or that I have a soft spot for old boy bands. But if you were to ask me my favorite song, I will always, hands-down answer “Closing Time” by Semisonic.

I can’t really explain why I love this song so much. For some reason, I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it as an eight-year-old.The video probably helped. It’s one that has always stuck in my head. The split screen style and way they both kept moving back and forth between the two places on the two sides of the screen, just barely missing each other, has always been so cool to me. Also, VH1 is how I found a lot of my favorite music in the 90s.

No matter what kind of music I’ve been into over the years, I’ve always loved this song. So much that it’s one I’ve fantasized about covering onstage some day. If the opportunity ever arose, that is.

What is your favorite song of all time? What song would you love to have the opportunity to perform?

I Hate This Song, but I Can’t…Change…Stations

There are many songs I can’t stand. I am especially swift at changing channels when a One Direction song comes on (though that doesn’t actually seem to occur that often anyway). But there is one song I despise and yet am compelled to listen to every time I hear it.

That, my friends, is “Lightning Crashes” by Live. A song, like many, that annoys me immensely. Yet, unlike the others, I know every. Single. WORD! And cannot help myself from singing along.

I’m not sure if it’s just that this song was everywhere in the 90s (though my mom didn’t really remember it), or if it’s managed to ingrain itself in my head for another reason. It really is frustrating every time it comes on the radio. The good part is I don’t listen to the radio that much. Pandora’s 90s alt station plays it quite often, though. One of these days I’m going to have to force myself to give it a thumbs down.

Do you have a song you can’t stand, but end up listening to often anyway? What is your least favorite song right now?