Last week I found Lara Somogyi’s pop covers on harp through Kurt Hugo Schneider’s YouTube channel. I love this song because it is unique and interesting. I don’t listen to much harp music, so Pompeii was a refreshing change. Enjoy!
If you want to hear the original Pompeii, you can listen to it on YouTube here.
I’ve had a bit of a rough weekend. Saturday was just a bad day, and I lost some momentum and motivation. But I’m starting to get back into the groove today. As part of getting back to being positive, I want to challenge myself to make a cheerful playlist. I listen to a lot of sad music (not because I’m sad, I just like that kind of music), and I want to mix it up a little bit and cheer myself up. So here we go:
Thinking Out Loud, by Caleb+Kelsey.
I love these two. This song is light and fun (plus the music video is really cute).
Things are Looking Up, by Ella Fitzgerald
Mood Rings, by Relient K
This is a song from when I was a little elementary student jamming with my sister.
Starlight, by Taylor Swift
This is a peppy song about not being afraid of dreaming big and having fun.
Mission Impossible, by The Piano Guys and Lindsey Stirling
Want a little humor in your day? You’re welcome.
Top of the World, by Anthem Lights
This is another song that’s great for jamming and just enjoying.
Wow, that wasn’t so hard. If you’re having a rough day, sit back, relax, jam a little, and know that you’ll get through this.
I originally heard “I’d Rather Go Blind” at a concert by the Louisville Orchestra. It was originally performed by Etta James, but the version I love is by Kelly Clarkson. The song is groovy, and there’s so much passion in the way Kelly sings it.
Relient K’s latest album Air for Free has been my online classes jam for the past week or so. These are the songs I would recommend if you listen to nothing else from the album. Here are my top 3 from Air for Free:
I love this song because the analogy is so cool. It compares life to local construction: always working but never finishing. Local Construction helps me to process this feeling better than I did before, and to move past it. The music is awesome, and it builds slowly, giving a mental picture of construction.
This song is just fun. I dance to this song when I’m trying wake myself up in the morning, or in between long study sessions. Listen with caution: it will get stuck in your head for days.
This song is sad but hopeful. The attractive part of this song is the instrumentation. It matches the lyrics beautifully (a common trait in Air for Free), and it’s addicting.
I hope that you enjoyed this list! If you love these songs as much I do, you can check out the album on Amazon here.
Caleb is one of the members of the group Anthem Lights. Kelsey is his wife. Together, they sing many beautiful duets. I’m a big fan.
My favorite Caleb + Kelsey song is their cover of “No Air” by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown. Their harmony is amazing, and they have a beautiful amount of passion and connection when they sing.
Another great song of theirs is “Should’ve Been Us,” originally by Tori Kelli. I’m not a huge fan of the original, but their version is beautiful. I love singing this song with my music buddies now because I heard their version.
Do you listen to Caleb + Kelsey? If so, what’s your favorites of their covers? I’d love to hear them in the comments section!
Bonus Song: For more Caleb + Kelsey, check out their version of Maps by Maroon 5, another favorite.
I’ve loved Tracy Chapman’s song “Fast Car” for a while, so last week I decided to listen to some of her other music. “Sing for You” was one of my favorite songs I found. I like it because it’s simple and pretty. I hope you like it too!
The movie Schindler’s List is about Oskar Schindler, a Nazi. The movie has a fascinating story that makes it worth watching, but I knew the soundtrack even before I saw the film.
The Schindler’s List soundtrack is a masterful exploration of sorrow and hope. The first time I heard it, I cried because of the beauty contained in the main theme. The whole soundtrack is worth listening through, but if you only have a few minutes, I recommend the theme.
My mom introduced me to this Crystal Gayle song a few years ago. I like it because it’s fun and sassy, and because I love her voice. This was one of the first jazzy songs I listened to, even before I learned about Fred Astaire.