We Belong to the Sky

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Elytra – Embers and Stardust (2016)

This is something I’ve had on my list to listen to for 6+ months. This is a band my boss discovered (actually, I think the guitarist from this band played in a band with my boss). They’ve kind of got a driving, funky groove. The keys and cello add a nice texture. I have no idea what she’s singing about. It’s just five songs, but they’re enjoyable.

This week was one of those weeks where we all felt super busy. I didn’t share this EP until halfway though the week, and nobody else shared anything at all. If my friends ever get around to reviewing this suggestion, I’ll post what they had to say here. In the meantime, feel free to share your own thoughts down in the comments section.

I Hope You Find Yourself

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Alpha Male Tea Party – Health (2017)

A couple of weeks ago, AMTP released a new album. So we’re going back to them. As Spencer weaves us through the prog & math rock world, I find little snippets that relate these bands to one another. AMTP themselves said they were influenced by bands like Deftones and Three Trapped Tigers. Now that I’ve heard Three Trapped Tigers, I hear the evolution. Continue reading

Take Off Your Shoes Babe, it’s Time for Dancin’

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Queen – Innuendo (1991)

This is it. On Thursday, Tim went to Denver to see Queen + Adam Lambert live. And to close out his month of listening to Queen albums before the show, Tim shared the last Queen album released during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime.

I know what you’re saying: “But we haven’t done Hot Space or Flash Gordon or The Cosmos Rocks.” I know. don’t tell Tim. I think Hot Space was an oversight, and I bet we’ll get there eventually. Although I think Flash Gordon may have been intentional and may not make it into this game. The Cosmos Rocks isn’t a “real” Queen album, so who knows. Continue reading

On Songwriting

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I was talking to one of my guitar-playing coworkers about music and he asked me about how I find inspiration to write. I told him it’s both way easier than he might think, and also much harder than he might think.

Partly, it just takes time. Thomas Edison is famously quoted as saying that he never failed when perfecting the lightbulb; he learned things that didn’t work. Continue reading

Living Breathing Rock ‘n’ Roll

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Queen – The Miracle (1989)

As Tim comes to a close on his month of Queen, we visit one of Queen’s last albums.

The only two songs I knew before this listen weren’t actually the versions I knew. I’ve only heard the single versions. So even the familiar tracks were new to me. Continue reading

There’s Singing Forever

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Last week, Tim said he was going to share Queen’s self-titled debut album, and suggested we all share a band’s first offering.

Queen’s self titled (1973)

Here is where Queen started, although Freddie wasn’t convinced until their next album. Continue reading

You Make the Rocking World Go ’round

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Queen – Jazz (1978)

Tim continues his month of Queen with Jazz.

Except for last week’s II, Jazz follows the trend of every other Queen album we’ve listened to over the last few years: Some great hits, with the rest being solid songs and almost no total strike outs. And plenty of eclectic genre-jumping. Continue reading