To Make a Wishlist: Records

 

      Hi there! I wanted to share a few albums that are at the top of my record wishlist. It's honestly a list that could go on forever, but these 6 records are the most-wanted (needed, really). Check them out below!

Purity Ring / Another Eternity   Kristen introduced me to this musical group, and they are one of Bailey's favorite artists too!

Purity Ring / Another Eternity

Kristen introduced me to this musical group, and they are one of Bailey's favorite artists too!

The Beatles / Abbey Road   A classic that I've always thought I need in my collection.

The Beatles / Abbey Road

A classic that I've always thought I need in my collection.

Kanye West / My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy   This album is one of the last cd's I ever bought, and since I've misplaced said cd, this will do as a nice replacement.

Kanye West / My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy

This album is one of the last cd's I ever bought, and since I've misplaced said cd, this will do as a nice replacement.

Bon Iver / For Emma, Forever Ago   With a new album (finally) in the works, I want to revisit my all time favorite on vinyl.    

Bon Iver / For Emma, Forever Ago

With a new album (finally) in the works, I want to revisit my all time favorite on vinyl.    

She & Him / A Very She & Him Christmas   I've been dying for a Christmas album! Their croony covers of holiday classics are ideal.

She & Him / A Very She & Him Christmas

I've been dying for a Christmas album! Their croony covers of holiday classics are ideal.

Father John Misty / I Love You, Honeybear   I've become a big Father John Misty fan over the past couple of years, and it's time I acquired a copy of this to spin.

Father John Misty / I Love You, Honeybear

I've become a big Father John Misty fan over the past couple of years, and it's time I acquired a copy of this to spin.

All images from Urban Outfitters.

To Check Out Some Vinyl

 

     Good morning! This will be the last of my vinyl posts for awhile, due to the fact that that's how small my collection is! The next time I purchase one though, I'll be sure to share it here. Above, is a Carpenters album that I found at an estate sale. It's one of the first albums I bought, and in person, the sleeve is more blush than peach, and is what initially drew me to it. I'm aesthetically driven like that.

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     This Styx album is Brett's parents, and I had never actually listened to them before, though I knew who they were. I figured, nothing wrong with trying something new!

     That's all for now, but I have a long list of records to buy, so keep an eye on this spot. Thanks for reading!

To Check Out Some Vinyl, Pt. 2

 

      Hey there! This month's installment of our Record Profiles series includes some pretty legendary artists. Bob Marley, The Beatles, and Pink Floyd are some of the most well known musicians of the last 50 years. The record featured above is a gift I gave to Brett for his 21st birthday. The song "Three Little Birds" is one of his most favorite songs, and it's his go-to for when he needs to relax after the long hours he spends studying and working. My favorite is probably "Buffalo Soldier", mostly because I like the story and it has a great down-beat. 

       This record is on loan from Brett's parents, and of course, it's awesome. A lot of The Beatles songs were about the women they were in love with or were inspired by. They were excellent at writing about love, and it's nice to have a record with only their love songs on it. The fact that these songs are still relevant and enjoyed by people some 50 odd years later is a testament to the talent of The Beatles.

       Pink Floyd is an interesting band. I didn't really ever hear their songs until adulthood, and I can see why. They are slightly frightening with their honesty, and have never been afraid to push boundaries. "The Wall" is probably their most well known album, and it really is great to listen to. If you've ever seen their movie that goes along with it, you'll understand the "frightening" aspect. If you are new to Pink Floyd though, this is the album you should listen to first. 

To Check Out Some Vinyl

 

     Hi there! Within the last year, I have started to collect vinyl to accompany my Crosley record player that my parents got me for my birthday last year (thanks mom and dad!). The first record I bought, like ever, was FKA Twigs "LP1". I chose her album, because I wanted my first record to be music I had heard of and knew I would probably like, but hadn't actually listened to yet. I wanted to take a chance on something, like in the old days before you could stream every song online before you decided to buy the whole album. Today, I figured it would be fun to share a few favorites, and lets be honest, as my collection grows, I'll probably share a few favorites every month and turn it into a series. Until then though, here we go!

(Above): My second record ever, given to me by Brett's family, is Lana Del Rey's "Born to Die". Lana is my favorite artist, so I was veryyyyyyyy excited to get this album. It has all of her best songs (in my opinion) such as "Blue Jeans", "National Anthem", and "Video Games", which is my end-all be-all song. I don't think I'll ever love a song more, and getting to listen to it on vinyl makes it even more perfect.

     I came across this classic while rifling through Brett's parents collection, and it's "on loan" for now. ;) It was a no-brainer to snag, because of my dad's love for the Eagles. I had to hear it as was originally intended, on vinyl, and also because it took me right back to driving around in my dad's car. They're one of his favorite bands, and thanks to this record, they are quickly becoming one of mine as well.

      As I said above, this was the first record I ever owned, personally. I went into a local record store on National Records Day and picked it out, payed for it, and took it home. It may seem mundane for some, but I'll always remember it. The album itself turned out to be excellent. Her music is the perfect kind to work on some art or read too.

To Talk About Music

 

       Hey readers! Notice anything off about today's post? It's not a What We're Loving post! On a Monday! Every Monday for the past two months, I have been posting a weekly series about what Bailey and I are wearing, eating, reading, making, and loving. Just reading that sentence tells me it's an overload of information. Due to this recent revelation, I have decided to stop doing the What We're Loving posts every week. I love them, but it is just too much for a weekly post. It's been a little bit of a struggle to have enough content for these posts.  Sometimes, not a whole lot changes in a week! I will be doing one What We're Loving a month though, and we'll see if that change generates better posts. I think I'll enjoy doing them more if there isn't so much pressure to find content for them weekly. That's what doing this blog is about! Enjoying it!

     Now, onto today's post. On the topic of enjoying what you are writing about, I have set aside today's post to discuss music and it's many facets. I love most genre's and eras, from Lana del Rey (my favorite modern artist) to Woodstock-era artists (Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix) and classical dudes such as Debussy (Clair de Lune is always a winner). The few styles I don't like are your typical country music songs, not that Dolly Parton isn't queen of heartbreak ballads, and punk is just not my forte. The Sex Pistols were great but it still just seems like noise to me. Not to offend people who love country and punk, because to each his own, but everyone draws a line somewhere of what they will and won't listen to. Those examples are my limits. Honestly though, one listen at Lana del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" and how could you not love her?!

     Most of my music taste stems from growing up with a dad who was actually alive when the Beatles took the stage of the Ed Sullivan show. He grew up during the best time for music (in my opinion), and that really rubbed off on what music we listened to. I have fond memories of singing along to Octopus's Garden and Santana's "Smooth" while driving around in his car. It also helped that he had been in a folk singing group and had been in choirs throughout his education. Music was in our blood. After many years of being in choirs myself, my taste in music evolved to what it is today. There's something about singing and harmonizing that really makes you love all types of music. You can appreciate it, and all the work that goes into making music. I'm already seeing Bailey's love of music start to form. She mostly loves to dance to it, but the admiration of rhythm is definitely there.  Thanks for letting me rant about music for a couple of paragraphs! Happy Monday!