Turntables & Vinyl #11 – The Holiday Treasure Trove

Oh the Holidays!  The end of the year.  Christmas time.  The time John is not supposed to buy any albums since it is the holidays and it is my birthday time period so no record purchases as people need to have something to give me as a gift.  Well, that didn’t quite work this year.

I did set aside a list of albums people could buy for me for Christmas and/or my Birthday and I made sure that anything I picked up was not from that list.  December turned out to be a treasure trove of purchases, gifts and free stuff.  I definitely hit the jackpot with a crap load of albums to listen to and some day write about.

It all started mid-November when the Coke reward program was giving away $5 Amazon gift cards for every 10 bottle caps redeemed.  Well, I had been collecting them at work as I do drink one Coke product everyday and on really stressful, busy days, maybe two.  The $5 Amazon Gift cards were actually $10 because they allowed you to redeem it twice.  After setting up a several more accounts with different email addresses, I was able to redeem $40 worth of caps (I would have done more, but I ran out of caps).  What did I get with the $40 from Amazon?  Music of course.  I picked up the following:

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My Sunday Song – “Hard Love” by Needtobreathe

For My Sunday Song #39, I chose “Hard Love” by Needtobreathe.  “Hard Love” is off their latest album of the same name that came out last year.  It is a phenomenal album and you can check out my review by clicking HARDLOVE.

The song has been everywhere lately.  It is on the soundtrack to the movie ‘The Shack’ and the song features Lauren Daigle.  They have several of the versions of the song featuring other female singers including Andra Day and Serena Ryder.  Their Facebook page has been highlighting what Hard Love means to you…the fans.  Some great stories so go check it out.

What does Hard Love mean to me?  Hard Love for me is marriage and raising your kids.  They both require so much work.  At times it is so hard, so painful, but at the same time it is so rewarding and so satisfying.  No body is perfect and we will never be, but we have to work Hard at it all the time.  My relationship with my wife is strong because of all the work we have put in to it and it definitely has been a Hard Love…but so worth it!!  Same can go with my kids.  No matter how hard it is, seeing them grow into the people they are makes it all so amazing and again…so worth it.

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For Those About to Blog…We Salute You

My fellow blogger Jason Ritchie over at The Rockin’ Chair Blog is doing a series saluting fellow bloggers and the current victim is none other than Me!!  Go check out the interview and then stay around and check out the blog.  You won’t be disappointed.

John Snow has been writing about music he loves for a over a year now over at the impressive blog he runs 2Loud2Old. What inspired you to start writing/blogging about music? It was a who inspired m…

For some insight on The Rockin’ Chair I have stolen ( I mean borrowed) his bio from his site so you can have an idea of what to expect from his blog.

Bio: I have been blogging about mainly Stoke City FC over on the Rock ‘N’ Oatcake and am currently News & Reviews Editor at Get Ready To Rock! – my main love in the musical world 🙂

The Rockin’ Chair is a place for me to highlight new and old music. It won’t be just press releases or feature music that would score an average rating, it is more hand picked music. The blog will feature guest writers and contributions from fellow music fans and musicians.

Enjoy!!

Turntables & Vinyl #5 – The Needtobreathe Collection

For Christmas, I really only wanted one thing…well, it was actually 6 things.  I wanted the entire Needtobreathe album collection in Vinyl.  They have 6 studio albums and I am glad to say, Santa was good to me as I now have all their studio albums in Vinyl.  And what a collection it is.

I became a fan back off their first album “Daylight” which came out in 2006.  They have been labeled a Christian band, but they are really so much more than that label.  They are folk, southern rock, country, pop, rock and Christian all at the same time.  Their songwriting is exceptional with great stories and positive messages.  Bear Rinehart’s voice is amazing and carries so much emotion and he draws you into each song and takes you on a wonderful journey.

The band consists of the following:

  • Bear Rinehart – lead vocals
  • Bo Rinehart – lead guitar
  • Seth Bolt – bass
  • Josh Lovelace – keyboards/organ

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The Top 20 Songs of 2016

It is time for the Top 20 Songs of 2016.  My previous post, if you missed it, was the Top 20 Rock Songs of 2016.  Go check it out by clicking on the link.  These 20 songs are all other genres other than rock.  Some were popular and chart toppers and others were not.  They are my favorites, that touched me in some way.

If you missed the Top Rock Albums of 2016 or the Top Albums of 2016 (that were not Rock), just click on the link and go check them out.

Let’s get started…

20. “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars off the album ’24K Magic’: Ok, I love this song.  There is something about Bruno that I enjoy.  It is what you come to expect from Bruno and that isn’t a bad thing.  Very catchy and makes you want to dance.

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The Top Albums of 2016

The year is almost over so it is time to look back at what was awesome in music during the year.  I have already looked back at the Top Rock Albums of 2016 (click to read).   This list will cover all other genres that I listened to over the year including Pop, R&B, Christian and whatever other genre you want classify these albums.  Rock is my favorite genre that is why it gets it’s own list, but that doesn’t take away from any of these choices as I think they are great on their own.

Note:  These albums were my favorites and not necessarily the most played on the radio (which I hate the radio) or even the biggest sellers.  These are just what I came across during the year and connected with me in some way.  So, we might as well get started…

The #1 Album of 2016

cover170x170-33Lady Gaga – Joanne (Interscope Records): This was an easy pick for me.  The album was such a pleasant surprise and a departure from her last album.  It had a little bit of everything from Pop to Country to Rock to Folk.  It was such a great mixture of songs that gave us one cohesive album.  The title track, “John Wayne”, “A Million Reasons” and “Perfect Illusion” were all great songs.  Even the Deluxe Edition was great with “Grigio Girls”.  All around classic album for Lady Gaga.  Check out my review here.

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My Favorites Mix by Apple Music

Each week Apple Music creates a playlist for me of songs they feel I will like called “My Favorites Mix”.  This week they did a really great job of picking those songs.  There were 25 songs and 1 hour & 32 minutes of magic.  Here are the songs:

  1. “Parasite (feat. John 5)” by Ace Frehley – Origins Vol. 1
  2. “You’re In Trouble” by Ratt – Out of the Cellar
  3. “Tobacco Road” by David Lee Roth – Eat ‘Em and Smile
  4. “My Woman in Black” by Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette
  5. “Outta My Way” by Talisman – Cats and Dogs
  6. “Monster You Made” by Pop Evil – War of Angels
  7. “Under and Over It” by Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist
  8. “Fiddler’s” by John 5 – Songs for Sanity
  9. “We Could Run Away” by Needtobreathe – The Heat
  10. “Rudebox” by Robbie Williams – Rudebox E.P.
  11. “Stay the Night” by James Blunt – Some Kind of Trouble
  12. “No Apologies” by Bon Jovi – Greatest Hits – The Ultimate Collection
  13. “Professor Satchafunkilus” by Joe Satriani – Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock
  14. “Lighter Shade of Green” by Alcatrazz – Disturbing the Peace
  15. “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones – The Complete Collection 1971-2013
  16. “Something More” by Train – Drops of Jupiter
  17. “Invisible Touch” by Genesis – Invisible Touch
  18. “Run to You” by Bryan Adams – Reckless
  19. “Bring It On Home” by Dread Zeppelin – Un-Led-Ed
  20. “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx – Reach the Beach
  21. “Suicide Blonde” by INXS – The Best of INXS
  22. “Sure Know Something” by Kiss – Dynasty
  23. “Save A Prayer” by Duran Duran – Greatest
  24. “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie – Best of Bowie
  25. “Hollywood” by Collective Soul – Afterwords

When I gave this a listen the first time, this playlist put me in a great mood.  I hope the new playlist coming up on Wednesday is as good as this one.  Go to Apple Music and give it a listen at this link.

 

 

My Sunday Song – “Clear” by Needtobreathe

On my third My Sunday Song, I am going with the new song “Clear” by Needtobreathe off their latest album HARDLOVE.  This is an epic, almost 7 minute love song.  It has a beautiful, almost magical sound.

Bo Rhinehart stated in an article (by Sophia Pagliawan for celebmix.com):

When I first wrote ‘CLEAR’, it felt almost like a wedding song, but it ended up becoming something deeper than that,” says Bo. “Instead of some fairy-tale, dreamlike thing, it’s more about the focus and clarity of realizing what’s most important to you in the world.”

When I listen to it, it makes me think of my wife and 2 beautiful daughters.  For me, those are the most important things in my world.  With that, I dedicate this to them.

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Needtobreathe – Hard Love – Album Review – 91%

‘Hard Love’ is Needtobreathe’s sixth studio album and one I have been anticipating for quite awhile.  Needtobreathe is one of my favorite bands and their last album wasn’t one of my favorite albums they have done.  It had a darker tone and overall message and didn’t leave with me the great feeling I usually have with a Needtobreathe album.

When I heard about the new album, I was hoping they would lighten up a little and to my surprise they did more than that.  They actually did deliver a much lighter, happier sounding album, but so much so that it feels more like a pop album.  A POP ALBUM???  Needtobreathe is a southern rock, country, folk and straight up rock band.  They are a Christian based band. They are not a POP Band.  Maybe working with Gavin DeGraw on the song “Brother” influenced them greatly.

If you listen to their songs on this album, there is a drum machine.  Not real drums, but a freakin’ drum machine.  And dance grooves on some of the songs.  WTF???  My mind is spinning, what is going on.  The world has gone crazy!.

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Friday New Releases – July 15th

I have been waiting for this Friday since I found out Needtobreathe was releasing a new album.  That pretty much means I don’t give a rat’s ass about anything else coming out today.  There are some I will check out after several days of listening to ‘Hard Love’.  Those will be highlighted in Blue.

  • needtobreathe-hard-love  Needtobreathe – Hard Love – (Atlantic):  Nothing else matters.  This is the release to check out.  They have been one of my favorite, if not my favorite, band over the last decade.  “Happiness” is classic Needtobreathe so I have high expectations this release.

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