Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My First Official Blog

I love listening to music. I can't meet someone without asking them what kind of music they like, and then in turn listing some of my favorite bands. I feel like music does a lot to make you who you are, how you feel about life, and many other aspects of just everyday life. I wish I could write good music, or be in a band as like, the lead singer or drummer or something. Music just makes me feel so joyful and alive when I listen to it and sing along with it as well. It really gets at my emotions. I was talking with Shannon about artists who's singing voices we'd like to have. I have lots of bands and artists I love, as seen on my Facebook page, but only a few of the bands/artists have singing voices that are absolutely killer. My top 5 singing voices are (in no particular order):

Stephen Christian – Anberlin and Anchor & Braille

Amazing range and control of his voice. It's very mature, and has a great tone to it. I know I'm a little biased, since Anberlin is my favorite band, but his voice is one of the reasons I started liking them. Listen to “The Unwinding Cable Car” from the album Cities.

Ben Gibbard – Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service

While he doesn't have the range of Stephen Christian, his voice is so unique and perfect for the style of music he writes. I love his tone and and style of singing, and would easily put him as one of my favorite musicians around. Listen to “Soul Meets Body” from the album Plans

Chris Martin – Coldplay

I feel like putting him on this list is cliché, because any guy out there who has ever heard a Coldplay song would say his voice is in their top 5. He's got such good range, and his control of voice is incomparable. Listen to “In My Place” from the album Rush of Blood to the Head

Isaac Slade – The Fray

He's got pretty good range, and great control of his voice. It's just so natural sounding when it comes out. I love singing his songs, although I cannot match his tonal quality and maturity of voice. I know I say those words a lot, but I just mean it's not scratchy, doesn't waver, and the maturity just means it sounds practiced and natural. Listen to “Look After You” from the album How To Save A Life

Robert Chisolm – Jonezetta

I'm sure a lot of you haven't heard of/listened to this band, but you should. His voice has a raspy rock and roll side to it, while being naturally controlled and mature. He has incredible range and a natural singing ability that I am jealous of. Listen to “Welcome Home” from the album Popularity

This concludes my first “TOP 5” list for my blog. Feel free to comment on my list, or leave your own list of singing voices that you would kill for. I did consider solo artists as well, not just lead singers of bands, but felt like these were my top 5. Also, if you have more ideas for “TOP 5” lists, let me know. I'm leaning towards somewhat obscure ones, not like “Top 5 Albums” or “Top 5 Movies.”

Stay tuned: next blog's topic will be “Top 5 Title Tracks.”

Friday, November 20, 2009

Setting Up

This blog is in the process of being set up. It will contain my random thoughts on sports, music, movies, art, current events, whatever I damn well please. Hope it can enlighten you, fulfill you and satisfy your need for intelligent, thoughtful reading :-) The first official post is complete, and I will hopefully be able to update this frequently enough for you.