Music Inspirations. Week #1

Since I promised not only to write about my miserable and boring life but also share my inspirations and fascinations, here’s part one of never-ending music conquest.

I tend to listen to a lot of music. And I mean a lot. Majority of it is not something you will hear on any commercial radio though, as I love discovering internationally local, raising and indie artists. Very often they will not have any album to buy but I encourage you to purchase as much and as often as you can to support their creativity.

You may wonder why on earth I’d listen to some random bands, while there’re so many bulletproof artists? It’s very simple — personally I believe that in order to be a good designer I have to constantly search for inspiration — a source of energy, that will drive me to create new, fresh and, hopefully, memorable things. There’s no better source of it than women wearing sexy lingerie music.

Since there’s so much good stuff out there, I’ll try to run in on a weekly basis, and, hopefully, you can find something interesting for yourself. If you would like to share something with me, don’t think twice! I can’t promise I’ll like it, but will definitely listen to it!

Anyway, let’s me roll out my selection for this week:

Monday: Can’t Change Me from Songbook by Chris Cornell

I don’t think I have to introduce this gentleman to anyone who ever turned a rock radio on. He conquered rock scene long, long time ago and all the bands he was a part of definitely had an impact on my life. What I love about his music is that it’s strong, super emotional but never overdone. No blows and whistles, just pure essence.

The song I’d like to share with you is rather special — not only for the music, but for the message it brings. That’s what Chris said about it:

(…)This is about me, or you, or anyone when you reach a point in your life, when you realise that you are who you are, and whoever doesn’t like it can eat shit and die.

True that.

The album was recorded during his recent acoustic tour, which I of course missed, but I still find it my personal best of Q3 and Q4 so far. If you want to learn more about Chris, visit his official site, but if you call yourself a rocker, don’t forget to put Songbook on your Christmas wishlist!

Tuesday: Cold, Cold by Larry Carlton and Robben Ford

Oh my God! That one track rendered me completely speechless (not that I talk a lot in the office;). I simply love guitar fights and this one has so much soul in it, that it would be enough to cover 20 albums of modern pop stars. I feel a super ashamed for not recognising neither of the names but I’m going to catch up ASAP. I’ll leave you with it for now and let judge for yourselves.

If you enjoy it, make sure to visit Larry Carlton and Robben Ford official websites for news, albums and tour dates!

 Wednesday: Everywhere I Go from Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire by Lissie

She took me by complete surprise. Apparently she’s growing more and more popular (if not being a small star already) and yet I must have lived in a man cave, since I’ve never heard of her till now. I’m not sure what kind of genre she fits into and I don’t fully agree with what Wikipedia claims her to be — a folk rock artist. But then again, who cares?! She gave me a nice energy kick after spending few long hours trying to debug my code and for that I have to share her work with you. My favourite song is below, but there’re quite a few worth listening to, e.g. a cover of Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness.

You can grab her great Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire album at Lissie’s official site.

Thursday: Miss You from The Last Resort by Trentemølle

I stumbled upon it during my regular morning design news lecture, while watching fantastic video production — Chemistry by Pierre BrightPhoton Magnol. I couldn’t put my finger on where I recognised the music from and it took me over 15 minutes to remember the breathtaking presentation by Robert Hodgin I witnessed during Flash on The Beach in Brighton few years ago. Although these 2 versions are different I simply love the mood they put me in, somewhere between melancholic and hopeful. I’m embedding the original one but I encourage you to listen to different remixes (available on YT) as well.

You can find more on Anders Trentemøller at his official website and if you heart that track as much as I do, get it Poker Flat Recording store.

Friday: Billie Jean from X-Factor US by Drew Ryniewicz

Yes, I do watch singing talent shows quite often. I may not agree with the form 100% but in fact I pity more all the haters than the poor bastards who think they can sing. Anyway, what these shows do rather well is finding really good niche artists, and that’s exactly what they did recently with 16 years old Drew Ryniewicz. I really love her tone and those higher pitch changes are super hot; she is a bit of a cross between Dido and Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries, isn’t she. I watched her latest performance multiple times last night and I clearly dislike her for shamelessly generating goosebumps all over my body. Sure — Michael Jackson’s song is amazing on its own but Drew somehow made it even better in my eyes.

I will always leave Saturday and Sunday out as during these two days I like to recap all the music I discovered, dig some more on the new artists, check any gigs nearby and simply wander around the web in search for something amazing for the following week. That also gives you the opportunity to show me what made you tick in the last few days, so I dare you:   do so!

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