Interesting Observation

My Son is very observant and intelligent.

After I picked him up from school the other day he began bashing my “new wave” music again. He was saying how all the songs sound alike.

“All the singers sound the same.”

Then as we were conversing I simply said most of the bands from the 80’s I like are from England or Europe. {Surely I already knew this, but hadn’t thought about it in a long time.} He didn’t know that U2 was from Ireland. [BTW, Bono is 50 now!]

It isn’t a coincidence the music I listen to has the same sound, because it is the kind of music I enjoy listening to. {However I enjoy all kinds of music, I just so happen to listen to one kind more than the others} Even though he was “dogging” my tunes, I thoroughly enjoyed talking to him about music. It is one of my passions and I don’t have the opportunity to talk about music as much as I would like. Whenever I get the chance I like to give bits of trivia about groups or songs to my kids. I remember my parents doing the same thing as I was growing up.

I heard The Killers new Christmas single “Boots” yesterday on the radio. I enjoy hearing new original Christmas songs by modern day bands. So I just pulled it up on Rhapsody to listen to again and the beginning of the song is Brandon Flowers (lead singer) saying a prayer. This reminded me, I had heard recently he is a member of my Church. {not my local congregation, our Church is world wide} I pulled up Wikipedia to confirm this information:

“Musically, Flowers is an anglophile and a fan of English bands New Order, The Smiths, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, and Oasis. He credits the Pet Shop Boys song “Being Boring“, especially the lyrics “I never dreamt that I would get to be / The creature that I always meant to be”, as a major life influence. He has stated that “It was really weird because other kids were buying Tool and Nirvana and I was buying The Cars and The Psychedelic Furs. I was pretty alienated as a kid.” He states that seeing an Oasis concert, particularly their performance on Don’t Look Back in Anger, made him decide to pursue a career in music.”

No wonder I like The Killers and Brandon Flowers (He just released a solo album)!

Flowers is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife converted to the faith shortly before their wedding. He has said that religion is “very important” to him.

I love learning about musicians!

Grateful for ears to hear,
Shan

New Music

Most of you know I love 80’s music. One of my presets for XM radio in the car is the 80’s channel (much to my kid’s dismay) and another I love more is First Wave (classic 80’s new wave-my favorite). Even so, I also listen to new music. I decided I would make a playlist of some modern day bands I like. It just so happens that all of these are “boy” bands.

  • Keane
  • Lifehouse
  • The Killers
  • The Fray
  • Secondhand Serenade

I liked Somewhere Only We Know by Keane and decided to listen to some of their other songs on Rhapsody. I really like them. Spiraling Down (Keane) is a great upbeat song and in some parts reminds me a lot of the Talking Heads. The Killers is another new group I have found facinating. Some of their lyrics are not the best, but their style is unique. Secondhand Serenade is fast becoming a favorite for me. They have a lot of songs I like besides Fall for You. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do…sorry oma & opa, I know they won’t be your style. 🙂

Music makes me happy,

Shan

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