Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Music Picks for May

This was supposed to be my beginning of the month post for May. Obviously that didn't happen. Better late than never, right? Some of you know that since I started working from home almost three years ago, I've spent most of my working hours listening to the same Pandora station. For a number of reasons, I've been feeling restless lately and needed to mix up my routine a bit. One of the things that I've been doing is listening to a lot of new (or new to me) music. Here are just a few of my latest favorites.

Chopin Pandora
 Over the past few years I have tried a handful of Pandora stations. I've only ever found one that I really like. Recently I've finally been taking the time to customize a couple other ones, which gets me to listen to them more. Most of the time when I'm working, I'm listening to something classical or jazz that is fairly upbeat, but doesn't have any words, like the Chopin station.

John Coltrane
 In an effort to mix up my classical and jazz routine, recently I've also been listening to full albums that I already own or full albums that I've always wanted to check out, including John Coltrane's Blue Train.

John Mayer
 Like many women who were in their late teens / early 20s when John Mayer's Room for Squares came out, I listened to it a lot. A LOT. Then I didn't pay much attention to anything else that John Mayer did. Back in the fall I heard his live version of Free Fallin' somewhere and couldn't get it out of my head. Since then I've been listening to everything that he has recorded since Room for Squares, and all of it is amazing.

Matchbox 20
 I'm not sure what made me decide to listen to Matchbox 20 again except that some part of me has never really left the late 90's. You knew that already. I've honestly never gotten tired of some of their biggest hits and can't believe that I've never listened to more of their albums. Similar to John Mayer, I have yet to listen to anything that I haven't liked.

 There are a ton of things in my Amazon wish list that have been there for years. I've been checking out some of those albums recently to see if there is anything that I'd ever want to download. I've been an Everclear fan for quite some time and had added their Invisible Stars album to my list a while back. It's just as great as all of their older classic albums.

Piano Guys
 One of our friends played us a couple Piano Guys videos during a recent resident get together. I thought it was kind of cool at the time, but it wasn't until I listened to their songs a bunch more that I started to really appreciate them. The Piano Guys are hugely popular right now, and I'm sure that some of you have already listened to them. If you haven't, you don't know what you're missing.

What have you been listening to lately?


  1. Everclear and Matchbox 20...now those take me back :)

  2. Cool!! LOVED the Piano Guys!!!! I usually listen to classics on NPR - or Heart of Space when I sew. But sometimes I just need to find an Oldies station (we're talkin' WAY old) and sing along--usually when I'm driving (alone) on long trips.

  3. Everclear!!! I heard one of their old songs on a tv show last week and spent the weekend listening to all their old classics. Forgot how awesome they are!

  4. Woah - that Piano Guys video is so cool! I've never heard of them before.


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