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: 3/12/12 (Learn To Fly)

So the last couple days I shared “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette and “Long Day” by Matchbox Twenty for song of the day, both great 90’s Rock songs. I also have a couple other 90’s Rock songs I’ve been wanting to share, one of which is today’s awesome song of the day, Foo Fighter’s “Learn To Fly”, so I thought, hey, why not do a whole 90’s Rock week. I’ve always said (possibly bias-ly so, being born in 85) that the 90’s had the best music of any decade (across all genres). I mean, think about it, Rock, Rap, Pop, R&B, etc., were all at peaks and so were music sales. I recently spoke with my boss (a big music aficionado) who is in his 40’s and even he agreed that the 90’s probably had the best, most consistent music across all genres, of any decade, with the 60’s being a very close second. The only problem with the 60’s is that it was basically just Rock and Soul. By the time the 90’s rolled around, music had evolved so much and branched out in to so many different sounds. That diversity paired with the quality of 90’s music is what makes it so special. I hope you agree with me and continue to enjoy the flash from the not SO distant Rock past, this whole week.

Song Of The Day: 2/24/12 (#8. Jamiroquai) (Virtual Insanity)

A few weeks back I shared a song from each of my top 7 favorite artists/groups as songs of the day. The artists were as follows #1 The Beatles, #1 Michael Jackson, #1 OutKast, #4 Kate Bush, #5 *NSYNC/Justin Timberlake, #6 Matchbox Twenty & #7 Billy Joel.  I decided that sharing my top 7 just wasn’t enough and that my #8 to #10 artists/groups more than deserve to be shared too. So coming in at #8 is the amazing, Jamiroquai!!! I absolutely love these guys and the pure, delicious funk they deliver time and time again. Most of you probably only know them for today’s song of the day “Virtual Insanity”, but they are very big around the world. Not so much in the U.S.A. which I’ll never understand. You may also know their song “Canned Heat” from the dancing scene in “Napoleon Dynamite”. Jamiroquai is what music is all about. Making you feel good!!! This song is only the tip of the iceberg for Jamiroquai. They have so many gems. I got their CD “Traveling Without Moving” back when it came out in 1996 and “Virtual Insanity” from it was a big hit. For many years (about 7) I never really listened to the album. I was going through my CD collection in high school and disposing of bad and emarrasing CDs, when I came across this CD and decided to give it one more listen before I tossed it. I fell in love with it instantly and needless to say kept it and have been a huge Jamiroquai fan ever since. Their smooth, fun, funky grooves also have helped me through some hard times. They always do the trick on really cheering me up and making me want to get down with my bad self.

Song Of The Day: 1/27/12 (Smooth)

I’ve been hearing this song on the radio quite a bit, as of late. As you already know I’m a big Matchbox Twenty/Rob Thomas fan. Put him with the legendarily awesome Carlos Santana and you got a winning combination. This totally brings me back to my teen years and reminds me of summer. This song was played so much, but never got played out. Santana is a beast on guitar and he always has been, which is why I’m dedicating this weekend to Santana and a few of my favorite songs by him. Today we start with him and Rob Thomas’ “Smooth” and boy is it smooth!!!

Song Of The Day: 1/20/12 (#6. Matchbox Twenty) (3AM)

Number 6 on my top 7 artists/groups is Matchbox Twenty. They are my favorite contemporary Rock band. They are also, from what I can remember the first group/artist, I ever found and liked all on my own, without parent, family or friend influence. When I started to seek out music on my own at around age 12 or 13, I started watching VH1 a lot and their song “3AM” was one of the first songs that came on when I flipped it on, along with Natalie Merchant’s “Kind & Generous” and a couple of Third Eye Blind songs and let me not forget “Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground. Those were the musical DAYS!!! Next they came out with their song, “Real World” and I started to realize how much I liked them. They have only put out 3 official albums in the past 15 years, but what they have put out has been great and well crafted. Also, lead singer, Rob Thomas has 2 great solo CDs. I’ve actually had the privilege to actually have known Rob Thomas during my high school years. I worked at Hollywood Video and he would always come in for movies, because he lived the next town over. He recognized me from my other previous jobs, over the years, (Stop & Shop and KFC). Myself and a couple friends began to strike up conversations with him and would hang out with him in front of Hollywood Video, chatting and smoking cigarettes together. He never had any idea how big of a fan I was and I thought it was best to keep it that way. Celebrities just want to be treated like an average person and I think he genuinely appreciated that we gave him that. Also I got to know him more as a person and not just as the “star”. I did however manage to get his autograph through someone else. I asked them to ask for his autograph and have him sign it to my name and say it was for a friend who loved him and his music. Years later my father happened across the front of  bass drum, that was signed by him as well. So I have his autograph twice. Matchbox Twenty is in my opinion the pinnacle of 90’s Alternative Rock. I relate very deeply with all of their songs and I believe that is one of the reasons I appreciate them so much, along with their impeccable song craftsmanship. The song I’ve chosen to share for today’s song of the day is “3AM”, their break out single and the first song I ever heard by them.

I Am……Music

So I LOVE music!!! All music, from Rock to Pop to Rap to R&B to Folk and Country to Classical to just about any other music genre you can think off. Just as a basis, you should know that my very favorite musical artist are  The Beatles, Michael Jackson, OutKast, Kate Bush, Justin Timberlake/*NSYNC, Matchbox Twenty, Billy Joel etc. From that wide range of artists I just mentioned you can get a little feel for my wide range of musical tastes, but that is just the tip of the iceberg of how expansive my tastes are and how deep my love of music goes.

I’ve always had this love for music and have had many different influences in my life that have shaped my eclectic tastes. I grew up listening to music around my Mother mostly and she had me listening to a lot of Pop, R&B & Disco. My father was more into Classical Rock. Being that I was raised by my Mother, I wasn’t exposed to as much Classical Rock in my early years as I would have been, had my Dad been around me more playing that short of stuff. So in my early years I was very much into the type of stuff my Mother listened to and my earliest favorite artist I can remember was Michael Jackson and as I’ve just stated he’s still up on top for me. My older Brother listened to a lot of 90’s Dance music and Rap while I was growing up which later changed to Metal and Hard Rock. So with the combination of my Mother’s influence and my Brother’s influence, by the time I was about 13 to 15, I started to discover my own music taste.

Some of the first artists I remember finding and liking all on my own were *NSYNC, Matchbox Twenty, OutKast, Eminem and The Beatles. Between about 2000 to 2010, throughout high school, college and post college, I dabbled here and there with all sorts of music. Learning about new stuff from friends, media and my own quest for great music. In 2003, OutKast released the incredible “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”, which is my very favorite album and had a huge impact on me. The reason I love it so much is because it, like me and my musical journey, experimented with all different genres, styles and sounds. It is still the only pure Hip-Hop album to ever win Grammy for Album of the Year. This album opened me up more than ever to new sounds and adventurous music. I started listening to other experimental artists and groups like Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Kanye West, Gnarls Barkley and more.

I always said the only genres I didn’t really care for were Country and Metal/Hard Rock, but in recent years that wall has started to crumble. When it comes to Country, I actually had a phase when I was around 10 and Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus came out that I listened to a lot of country, but that phase passed pretty quickly. Now a days I enjoy listening to some of the more poppy stuff like Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley, but also some more gritty Country Rock, like Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. When it comes to Metal/Hard Rock my likes don’t stretch to far because I’m a sucker for Harmony and Melody and I personally find it difficult to hear those elements in Metal and Hard Rock, but I do throughly enjoy System of a Down, early Linkin Park, AC/DC and some others.

I’ve always had a VERY strong desire to create music, but never had the opportunity or resources to learn to play an instrument, so I joined chorus in school and acted and sang in school musicals to exercise that desire as much as possible. In high school and early college I actually started rapping over instrumentals with friends, which was a great way to make music without having to know how to play an instrument. It was a great creative outlet for me, but after a certain point, just rapping wasn’t enough for me and I felt boxed in and unable to really express my musical ideas anymore, because I didn’t have the theoretical knowledge or the knowhow with an instrument to be able to further my creative growth in music.

I stopped making music in about 2006 and since than I haven’t thought to much about creating, but in the last few years and especially the last year as I’ve been trying to step a little more out of mainstream music and into more unexpected artist as well as classic/legendary artists, I’ve realized my desire to no longer be solely an observer (listener) of music, but also a participant (creator) or music. So I have made it my new goal to get a guitar and to start practicing and taking lessons. This leads me to the reason I wanted to start this blog in the first place, which was to have an outlet to share my pretty vast knowledge of music and learn more about music from all of your vast knowledge of music. I also want to document and share my musical journey as I discover more music and learn to play music myself on the guitar and hopefully one day on the piano. I hope that Volume 11 can become a community of passionate music listeners, players and creators. A place where we can share and enjoy all that the music world has to offer. So let’s turn up the music to Volume 11 and jam out!!!

Me, about 4 years ago cranking the music up to Volume 11 and rocking out with my air guitar. I really need to learn to play a real guitar; air guitar isn’t cutting it anymore.