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.
I found Kyle Beilfield when I was looking for a song written from the lyrics of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.” I loved Kyle’s version of the song, so I looked him up and discovered his album Stopping By.
I found his cover of the song “Change Partners” (written by Irving Berlin). The lyrics are clever and fun, and Kyle’s singing reflects that attitude well. It sounds loose and relaxed, without being sloppy.
My favorite song of his that I’ve heard is “Dream with Me.” His voices comes together nicely with the piano and the cello, making the song bittersweet and lovely.
I like Kyle’s voice because his singing is smooth and pleasant, but also reflects the emotion in the songs he sings. He sounds “right” singing “Dream with Me,” which is sad and soaring, but he sounds just as good singing “Change Partners,” which is upbeat.
If you want to hear more from Kyle Bielfield, I recommend “Snake.”
The group Time for Three is a modern group featuring two violins and a bass. A friend sent me one of their songs a while ago, but I haven’t listened to them much since then. I recently went to a Time for Three concert, which got me thinking about their songs again. Here are three awesome songs by Time for Three:
This is the first song I heard by time for three. It does a great job of showing their ability to use string instruments in a creative way, with a lot of harmonics and pizzicato (plucking the string).
Also, the violins have a nice counter-melody thing happening.
The combination of the string instruments and the vocals in this song make it interesting. I love their harmonies.
Hungarian Dance Number 5
This song is classical, but it shows their ability to have fun playing, and to coordinate together really well.
Time for Three is a great example of the “New Classical” genre. Their music is well-done and interesting.