2012 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

I know I haven’t posted on Volume 11 in many months. It has been a very busy time in my life. I got married for one  and god knows that takes up a lot of time the planning and whatnot. Starting in 2013 I will pick up where I left off with some slight changes. In the meantime check out some of the stats of Volume 11’s first year. Thanks for reading and I will be bringing you more in 2013!!! Long live the music!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Follow Me On Spotify!!!

Spotify is an amazing music subscription service that puts millions and millions of songs at your finger tips, instantly. It’s like Pandora Radio, but better because you can choose exactly what you want to listen to (artist, album, song) and not be forced to listen to what Pandora thinks you want to listen to, but if that’s what you want, Spotify also has their own Pandora style radio stations as well.

I’ve used it basically since it first became available in North America, back in July 2011. It started in Europe first and was such a huge success there, it’s now spreading worldwide. It’s also a great place to share music and playlists with your friends. Recently, they have also added really cool music apps that help make the music listening experience even cooler. There is a Rolling Stone app, a Billboard app, a last.fm app and a bunch of other really cool and useful apps.

I’ve explained how exactly the service works, from the free to paid options in a previous post, so I wont bore you with those details again. If you would like to learn more, you can read the previous blog post at the link below:

https://volume11blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/try-spotify/

Or you can go to:

http://www.spotify.com

Anyway, on to the purpose of this post. Join Spotify if you already haven’t and enjoy the expansive universe of music available. If you have already joined and/or when you do, follow my Spotify account and check out what I’m listening to and take a listen to one of my MANY playlists. Hey, you never know I may even start doing special Volume 11 playlist just for you guys.

Keep in mind one of the flaws with Spotify is how it tracks your listsens. It puts up a list of your most listened to artists, albums and songs, but it can be very inaccurate. Right now it says my most listened to artist is currently Common, but I’ve been listening to far more Phil Collins, Matchbox Twenty and Grateful Dead, as of late. Also whatever music you actually own and is loaded into your computer, will automatically be loaded in to your Spotify library, but since artists like The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin aren’t on Spotify they and other non-Spotify artists won’t be tracked, even if your listening to your own Beatles CD’s through Spotify. Otherwise you would see The Beatles and Pink Floyd on top of my listens list a lot. Anyway, follow my Spotify account by clicking the link below and then clicking Add To Favorites when you get to my account. Once you are following me, message me, so I can follow you back. We can start a great little community.:

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Song Of The Day: 4/11/12 (City Grrrl)

Today’s song of the day is “City Grrrl” by CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy) an awesome Brazilian “Dance” Rock group. I first found out about them when I saw them in concert with my boss, when they opened up for Sleigh Bells. Below is a picture I was actually able to get with the lead singer, Lovefoxxx.

I liked Sleigh Bells, but I enjoyed CSS’ set ever more. It was so energenic, fun and the songs were really good. A few months later, in August, they came out with a new album “La Liberación” and I really like it!!! Great music to party and and dance to. My favorite song from it was “City Grrrl”. It’s just so catchy and fun. It was released as a single a few months ago and has a respectable amount of views on Youtube considering that they aren’t a very popular band. They should be though. I wish that more great underground stuff like this got radio play. Check out the video. What do you think?

 

Song Of The Day: 2/19/12 (Just Like That)

I had A LOT of trouble deciding what to make today’s song of the day. Originally I was gonna post a Gnarls Barkley song and ended up surfing Youtube for Pussycat Dolls songs because Cee-Lo wrote and sings background vocals in their hit song, “Dont Cha” and the video suggester in Youtube lead me to that, from Gnarls Barkley, which then led me to listen to the will.i.am produced and featured track “Beep” also by the Pussycat Dolls, which led me to Spotify to listen to one more Pussycat Dolls song. Yea, I know, it’s pretty shameful how much Pussycat Dolls I just listened too, but I always say, I listen to EVERYTHING. Then I was going to post a Whitney Houston song, because I realized that with my Grammy series of songs of the day last week, I never got a chance to do that, but then I got worried that maybe it might be overkill with all the news and radio play she’s gotten in the last week. Although it’s all deserving. Now I’m thinking I should share my favorite song by her. You know what? I’ll do that tomrrow. But with all the confusion over what song to share today, I just said screw it, I’m gonna share one of my own songs. I recorded this song “Just Like That” about 5 years ago when I used to rap. I rapped it over a Chromeo instrumental track. My Rap name was DanMar and this is the last song I ever recorded. Although I’m working on getting back on my musical path and learning to play guitar and make my own music, not really rap anymore, but write and sing my own songs. This is one of my favorites of mine and one of my most fun and upbeat songs. What do you guys think it?

 

Song Of The Day: 2/2/2012 (The Fear)

Lily Allen is one of my favorite female singers. I’ve always been big on female singers. I don’t know if it’s because I listened to a lot of “diva” music with my mother growing up or if I just enjoy the sound of a female voice. Lily Allen isn’t the best singer, but she has a corky and cool way of writing super catchy, not so mainstream Pop tunes. We need more popular female Pop artists like her. This song, “The Fear” is one of my particular favorites by her and actually holds some meaning for me, oddly enough. That meaning will go unstated……in this blog post at least.

Song Of The Day: 2/1/2012 (Bamboleo)

I’ve been on a bit of a Latin music kick lately. This past weekend I shared a series of Santana songs, yesterday I had a Jennifer Lopez song stuck in my head and shared it with you guys (not nesecarily a latin tune, but she’s Latin none the less) and I’ve been listening to a bit of Shakira and my favorite Latin band, Gipsy Kings. So today I’m sharing one of my favorite songs by the Gipsy King’s “Bamboleo”. These guys are great. It’s pretty awesome to see that many guitarists playing at once. I grew up listening to their songs with my step-mom. They remind me of her, summer and food/cooking. I’ve always wanted to see them in concert. I have to make that happen!!!

My Collection Of Rolling Stones: 2011

I’m a big music collector. I’ve always collected CDs, which is the main reason I still buy CDs and will never buy a digital album (unless, of course, I have free iTunes money from a gift card or something). I received an iTunes gift card once and bought “The Best Of  Hall & Oates” with it. I like them well enough, but would probably never buy the actual CD. I also collect vinyl records. I started collecting in 2006 and currently have a collection of  80. However I haven’t really bought many new records in the past 3 years. Too many bills!!! Eventually I’ll continue my collection.

I’m also a big fan of Rolling Stone magazine. I think they do a terrific job of covering so many facets of the music world and also have great writing. They also cover other areas of entertainment as well as politics, which I enjoy reading about, as well. It is really the only magazine I read other than an occasional Entertainment Weekly. I’ve always wanted to collect Rolling Stones too, but didn’t start till October 2008, because I’m a total completist. Being that I could never collect all the past issues right up to the very first issue, I decided I’d rather have no collection at all if it weren’t complete. In October 2008, Rolling Stone changed the format of the magazine from the larger, more newspaper-y format to a normal magazine format. The  first cover of this new format featured then presidential candidate Barack Obama.

I saw no better time to start collecting than that issue. At least I could have a complete collection of the new format, right!?! Since than I’ve collected every issue, even all the covers of the issues that had multiple covers and the special issues too. The first picture of this post is all the issues, multiple covers and special issues of 2011, as collected by ME. All 30!!! Although I abandoned the dream of owning every issue of Rolling Stone ever printed, I do have every issue of the new format and a replica of the very first Rolling Stone ever printed, featuring John Lennon on the cover. It doesn’t get much better than that for a first issue, does it!?! I was given this replica by a co-worker who knows how much I love music and collection Rolling Stones.

I take a lot of pride in my music collection (CDs, vinyl records, Rolling Stones and other memorabilia). They are by far my prized possessions. I’ve spent A LOT on all of it!!! I can’t even begin to imagine how much. Do any of you out there, collect anything music related or not, that you take a lot of pride in and/or consider your prized possessions?

P.S. I had a little trouble deciding what to title this post. I played around with some cheesy play on word titles. One was “Danny Collected Rolling Stones, Every One Ever Printed He Owned” (a play on a Temptations lyric from “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. Another was “Magazines Like Jagger” (a play on the Maroon 5 song title, “Moves Like Jagger” about Mick Jagger a Rolling Stone. I decided to forego the cheese and went with the simple title of “My Collection Of Rolling Stones: 2011”. Pretty self explanatory.

Song Of The Day: 1/22/12 (Make It Mine)

Today’s song of the day is Jason Mraz’s ,”Make It Mine”. I just figured out today, how to link all my old iTunes listens to my last.fm account, although I’m dealing with some other issues with the slightly flawed service. With 3 years of listening data pulled out of iTunes, I found out that my most listened to song in this time period has been this song with 220 listens. When this album, “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things” came out, I used it’s upbeat positivity to motivate me as I graduated from college and prepared for the “real world” and also to helped me get through a tough time after my grandfather died, so needless to say I listened to this album an awful lot in that time and why not, it’s a GREAT album, one of the best of the past 10 years. Ch ch ch check it out!!!

Song Of The Day: 1/21/12 (#7. Billy Joel) (The River Of Dreams)

The #7 and final artist in my top 7 favorite artists/groups is Billy Joel. I’ve always listened to Billy Joel on the radio, while I was growing up, but never necessarily knew who he was or that each song that I knew by him were all by the same person even. He is a very versatile musician so it was hard for me, as a kid to pinpoint that all the songs I knew by him for by the same person. All I knew was that I loved those songs. I remember when I was 8 years old, my mother, brother and friends would all go swimming at a lake near my house and on the drive there and on the radios at the beach, I would always hear his current hit “The River Of Dreams” playing. I have really great memories of that summer with that song attached to it.  A few years ago, I started to become much more aware of who he was exactly. I quickly became a big fan, because, well, I was always a big fan, but didn’t really know who HE was. He has said he has been greatly influenced by The Beatles (who you know I LOVE) and that defiantly comes through a lot, particularly in some of his early stuff. He is one of the most talented song writers and musicians there has ever been. I love how he intertwines modern, popular musical techniques and sensibilities with classical stylings. It’s a shame that he hasn’t put out a new album since 1993. He has made so many classic songs that just make me feel so good. So today I share with you “River Of Dreams” a song that, as I have explained, holds a lot of great memories and meaning for me. I also just heard this song on the radio the other day, for the first time in a while, so I think that’s a sign that it should be the song of the day and it is.

Etta James Dies At 73

Legendary R&B singer, Etta James passed away earlier today from complications related to Leukemia. She would have been 74, next Wednesday (January 25th). She is widely know as one of the best singers of the 20th century and has inspired scores of R&B singers. She is best know for her biggest hit “At Last”, but has given so much more to the music world. Etta James had many struggles, from poverty to drug addiction, throughout her life, but has left a legacy of classic records and an indelible style that will live on for years and years to come. It’s very eerie that after decades of not being on the music charts, she is currently featured on Flo Rida’s new song, “Good Feeling” which is currently at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s weird how things happen sometimes, but very fitting that she passed away on top.  Below is a live performance of her singing “At Last” and the music video for “Good Feeling”. R.I.P. Etta James.