Oct. 27th, 2009

Welcome

Oct. 27th, 2009 12:25 pm
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Welcome to my brand new music-related journal! I plan on using this journal to record my purchases, thoughts, obsessions, and loves regarding music. I have some strange musical tastes, so consider yourself warned now! LOL
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Usually I think long and hard for days, weeks, or months before purchasing music. But lately purchases have been a bit more spontaneous, which I think is rather good for me. Today, I was listening to my Ministry of Magic playlist and decided that I really should have every song that my favorite WRock group has put out. Initially, the only song off of their Acoustiatus album that I purchased was Veela Serenada, because it's not on any of their other albums. Plus, I tend to like full, polished songs better than acoustic versions. The occasional accoustic song is great, but a whole album? However, I really loved the Myrtles EP and Oliver Boyd's new CD. And today I decided I just wanted it all. Everything iTunes had to offer me for Ministry of Magic is now mine.

I was not disappointed.The versions of Accio Love, Lovegood, I heart Weasleys, A Phoenix Lament, Ascendio, and the Bravest Man I Ever Knew are brilliantly done. I don't know why I hesitated so long to acquire them!



Accio Love is quiet and sweet. And the "night-eet-eet-eet" makes me feel like I'm at a concert of theirs again *happy sigh*

Lovegood is such a fun song! I love how strong the guitar is here in comparison with the Goodbye Privet Drive version. It feels more heartfelt here instead of bouncy and exciting. And those harmonies and the tambourine... oooohh.

I Heart Weasleys is... just plain different but just as good as what I'm used to! Gotta love the whistling-- that adds such a great element to the song :-)

Veela Serenada- I've had this song for a while, but it now deserves to be with the rest of its album. I love the sound of this song. It reminds me of the sort of French Bohemian movement for some reason. It's slow and beautiful.

A Phoenix Lament is actually one of my top favorite MOM songs. I actually began a fanfic and realized that this song was perfect to quote at the beginning and end (it's not a songfic... I just frame it with a few lines of the song). This version is softer but the words are powerful. And this actually makes it sound more sad and lamentful.

Ascendio has some gorgeous guitar moments. The rise and fall of the song is still done well, even without the full build-up to the chorus that I'm used to. The "witness wonders" part makes the song feel more magical and genuine :-)

The Bravest man I Ever Knew is spectacular. I was so worried because I SO love the other version. Plus, when I clap, there are others clapping in the recording along with me. I think I like the other version better (hard not to like that one) but I wasn't at all disappointed. Heck, they could make a whole CD of different versions of this song and I'd probably love them all! The harmonies and emotions are fantastic.

It just goes to show that MOM might have an incredibly distinctive style to their music and they might be amazing performers, but the songs are so brilliantly crafted and written that they hold up well without the techno and the dancing. In short, this definitely won't be a purchase I regret! :-)
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A while back, I compiled a playlist of songs related to a short story series I'm working on. It's an interesting mix of music which always makes me smile. So today I needed a change of pace and put it on while doing some important work. Mistake! I kept wanting to stop to work on more stories in the series! LOL



Incidentally, the playlist is here: http://strokes.kintailscape.com/StrokesPlaylist.html

As soon as my workday ended, I re-read a couple of the stories *happy sigh* Now I'm staying late at work anyway (it's a particularly busy week)... and still listening to the playlist! LOL
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A list of my purchases within the past week or so:

Acoustiatus by Ministry of Magic- love it! Definitely worth it. Why didn't I buy it earlier?

This Machine Pwns N00bs by Hank Green- pre-ordered. I wasn't sure about this as a lot of these songs are also on I'm So Bad At this: Live! But now that I'm a Nerdfighter, I feel like I have to buy it. And I'm sure I'll love it once I get it (especially the Hogwarts song...... and the Twilight songs- LMAO). Also, it comes with a made-of-awesome poster I plan to hang on my door at work. And it comes with an autographed guitar pick.

Hoggin' All the Covers by Band From TV- I had been eying this for a while, as I love Grunny, but it was on sale at Amazon.com for download for only $1.99 last week, so I snarfed it up then. I honestly haven't listened to it yet because I downloaded it at home and I listen to most of my music at work. I look forward to some of the songs; others aren't really my style. But for less then $2, I'll totally fangirl them. Plus, the band is an awesome idea.

We Are Magic by Tonks and the Aurors- pre-ordered. I don't have much Tonks music... so I really don't know why I pre-ordered this. But what I've heard of hers, I've really liked, and the pre-order price was great. Something magical just make me do it, I suppose. I hope I like it when I get it!

Bare Bones EP by Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls- I only wish it were longer than 7 songs! I love it! I'm still in the mad "honeymoon stage" with it, listening to it on repeat several times a day in the car and at work. I can't get enough of it. The Hufflepuff song makes me smile. And I've nearly got all the words to Flash, Bang Done! down. *shakes fist at Dung!* There are only a few WRockers who I will order everything and anything from. The Ministry of Magic is one. Oliver Boyd is another.

Made in Texas by The Rogues- I bought this at the MD Ren Festival... only to find it's half as expensive on iTunes. But I only slightly regret it, because sometimes it's nice to have that physical CD to look at and enjoy. And it'll be a memory of the festival for me. I first saw The Rogues play at a Highlander Convention, long ago. I have my well-autographed "Live in Canada, Eh?" album to prove it! So it was great to see them again at the Ren Festival this year... where they played my very favorite celtic song ever: Bonny Portmore. I was crying while they played it. And afterwards, I went down and asked the lovely merch lady (married to one of the members of the band) if they had any albums with Bonny Portmore. Apparently, they have 2. So I picked Made in Texas because that version was with a French Horn. And then, a few days later, I discovered they're on iTunes and I purchased the other version (with flute) anyway. It's gorgeous Scottish music done right! Even though it's a recording of a live show, the quality is still great and it's hard to listen to the album quietly! :-)

There are a few other WRock compilation albums I pre-ordered and am waiting on. And I cannot wait for Jingle Spells 3!

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