Music Mondays #1

Another first for another new feature – woohoo!
Welcome to Music Mondays which, as the name implies, will be a weekly feature to do with my music, stuff I’m working on, other artists I’m loving etc.
Some weeks there will be new covers up on my YouTube channel or my Soundcloud.

For my first Music Monday though I thought we could all do with a bit of nostalgia and I’d talk about where my love of music came from and the people that inspire me.

I genuinely cannot remember a time in my life when I didn’t love music. My Dad always likes to tell the story of how when I was little, before I could even talk, he would sing the Postman Pat theme tune to me and I would hum it back perfectly in tune.
Of course my Dad is a bit bias and I have no idea how much of that is true but I think it emphasises the point that I feel a lifelong connection with music and especially with singing.
2015/01/img_0639.jpgYep, that’s me, age 1.

Growing up, when every other kid was listening to S Club 7 and Busted (don’t get me wrong I loved them too) but I would be singing along to The Sky Is A Landfill and Stairway To Heaven.

And eclectic mix I know, but I’ve always thought it was important to appreciate artists of all genres. I’ve never been able to say ‘I only listen to pop’ or ‘I’m a rock chick’ because my music library has always ranged from Taylor Swift to Avenged Sevenfold to The Clash to Johnny Cash and so on.
I’d be confident in saying that nearly every artist or band that I’ve listened to has inspired me in some way.

But these are the artists that really entranced me (and still do) –
Bruce Springsteen:
How could anyone not fall in love with The Boss? I saw him live last year and it was one of the most incredible gigs ever, 4 hours later and I still wanted him to carry on. He amazes me with his talent in songwriting and performing.
Fleetwood Mac:
I’ve always always loved Fleetwood Mac, I’m going to see them in July (eep!) and they have written some of my absolute favourite songs.
Kina Grannis:
Words cannot describe how much this girl inspires me. I saw her live and met her in November and it was genuinely one of the best nights of my life. If you don’t know who she is you need to go to her YouTube and then go buy her album ‘Elements’.
Ed Sheeran:
I was a fan of Ed from his album ‘+’ which admittedly did get a bit overplayed, but then his new album blew me away once again. His songwriting ability is completely on point.
Eva Cassidy:
No one did covers like Eva. It takes a huge talent to take a song and make it your own in a way that brings tears to people’s eyes and even make some people believe you wrote it yourself! Glorious voice.
Roy Orbison:
I’ve never known anyone hit such amazing notes without looking like it’s taking any effort. Amongst others, it’s the last 40 seconds of ‘Only The Lonely’ that really gives me the chills.
Daniela Andrade:
This girls original songs are so incredible I would be so happy if I could write like her. She inspires me to write and to put emotion into my music. If you haven’t heard of her you need to go to her YouTube and be blown away.
Billy Joel:
I genuinely just love every song. But ultimately ‘She’s Always A Woman’ is perfection. Amazing song-writing and if I could play the piano like anyone, I think it would be him.
Christina Aguilera:
Good old Christina! I remember singing along to ‘The Voice Within’ when it first came out and wishing (still am) that I could belt like her!

I’ll be doing another 10 Things Thursday VERY soon with my 10 favourite songs of all time which I’m sure will include something by a lot of these artists. In fact I’m concerned that I won’t be able to limit it to just 10… maybe I’ll have to do a separate list just for Bruce Springsteen…

I digress…

Writing my own music is always something I’ve done, and loved to do, but there’s always been that fear that maybe I’ll never write anything that truly means something.
But I’m working on a lot of stuff and I want to get better and grow. Part of the reason I started this blog was for my music, so people could see me grow, so I could see myself grow.

So yeah, Music Mondays.
Expect to be hearing a lot more from me, be sure to check out my Youtube and Soundcloud.
I’m excited for the future, and for the journey.

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