I thought for my first edition of the Videos, I'd try a little something different genre-wise. Everyone of our bloggers has a different, exotic music taste, from the heaviest of metal to the most underground of pop. Me? I'm that one guy who listens to everything. You take a look at my iPod and you'll see everything from Metallica to U2 to MGMT to Casting Crowns. The majority of my music is, however, of the acoustic variety, most coming from Cities 97 City Samplers (If you don't know what those are, they're basically compilations of various acoustic versions of popular songs). My goal is to bring you songs from genres that get overlooked by many of our bloggers...basically said acoustic music, mellower music that doesn't meet the genre requirements of our other bloggers...
And without further ado, I bring you The Videos.
1. Bittersweet-Big Head Todd and the Monsters
To be perfectly honest, I've got no idea why I like this song. Todd looks like he got hit by a bus...several times...the lyrics are fairly basic...I dunno. I guess the simplicity of the song actually gets to me. It's not, in my mind, a true love song, as lines such as "We live together, but it's different from my dream" tend to show me that this is basically the story of the modern American marriage. It's not the true love he imagined it would be, but it's still love. I guess that gets to me. But seriously...he looks like he got hit in the face with a wrecking ball...
2. Jumper-Third Eye Blind
I love love love love love love love Third Eye Blind. (I don't think I used too many "loves"...) Their alternative rock style has always been one of my favorites, and Jumper is possibly my favorite song. The intro of this song is cool, with just the guitar, vocals, and the snare drum. Even though it's really a song that talks about someone so depressed they want to jump off of a ledge, it's still a very good song. I love the songs that don't really ever get all the instruments into the fold until the end, like this song. I just love this song...
3. A Lifetime-Better Than Ezra
Better Than Ezra...I've never really heard much from this band, but found A Lifetime just on my iPod randomly and fell in love with the song. It's a fairly depressing song (at least the intro), with an uplifting beat, amazing how many of those there are out there...hmmmm. The soft to loud to soft pattern of this song is another one of my favorite styles, and one of the reasons I love this song. The lyrics are good, and the whole piece just fits together. Good song.
4. Absolutely-Nine Days
(I couldn't embed the actual video, so we get this crap.)
You've all heard this song, it's been around for a damn long time, and it's always been on the radio. Very good song, solid guitar part, solid lyrics...not much else to say...So how bout them Lions?
5. Take Five-Dave Brubeck Quartet
Jazz? Not played on a flute by Ron Burgundy? What has this world come to?!?!?! Well this may be my favorite jazz song ever, I've played it twice in school jazz bands and it never gets old. The 5/4 time makes it all the better, and the fact that the song is basically two extended solos is awesome. Any song that has a 2:20 long solo that actually is rhythmic and musical is awesome, and the song itself is masterfully played and is a wonderful and classic jazz tune.
Bonus: Scottish National Anthem played on Bagpipes
Why? Because I felt like it. That's why.