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Friday Jam Session: Girl Power

So  I had lots of great ideas for this week’s Friday Jam Session theme. I listened to a lot of different music, and seeing as I just started this bit last week, the possibilities are endless. But ultimately my ears were driven by one thing: Miranda Lambert FINALLY put out a video for her “Mama’s Broken Heart” single. Long story short….I LOVE this song. Maybe a little too much.

I know that my iTunes is probably extremely weighted in male vocalists but I will be the first to admit when I am really impressed by a fellow female. I think when it comes down to it, we tend to hold female artists up to more scrutiny. Unlike with men, it not just about talents and attractiveness (let’s be honest here.) We also throw up behavior, personal relationships and lives, style decisions and success up on the canvas to be judged. We expect them to be able to compete alongside the boys but keep a certain image and meet certain expectations at the same time.

So, before I get everyone thinking that I’m becoming some sort of outspoken feminist, (trust me, I’m not,) here is this week’s Friday Jam Session, empowered by beautiful, strong voices, sassy personalities and women I think we can respect for owning their talent.

ALSO…today just happens to be International Women’s Day! A coincidence? Maybe, if I believed in those.

Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert 
Not much left to say here, other than although the video wasn’t at all what I expected it to be, it definitely cracks me up.

All This and Heaven Too by Florence + the Machine
Everything about Florence Welch is original. Now I wouldn’t call myself a loyal fan of her and her band, but her voice is amazing and she most certainly rocks her own style, which I both respect. This one is my favorite of hers and a little bit more on the tame side. I also really like “Shake it Out,” “Never Let Me Go,” and “Heavy in Your Arms.”

Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin
After dancing to this song during our state routine on high school dance team my junior year, it will always have a spot on my “Oldies Faves” playlist. No, Janis probably isn’t a great role model, but she’s classic and you know you want to sing along.

Brick by Boring Brick by Paramore
Ironically my love for Paramore can be credited to a guy. I knew of them before, but it was my friend Kevin, his slight obsession and his coveted “chick mix” that got me hooked. Like Florence, lead singer Haley Williams is another red-head with a big personality, which of course only makes me like her more. This is my all-time favorite.

American Beautiful by The Henningsens
So I’m cheating a little on this last one. The Henningsen’s are a father-son-daughter-family act (which I love,) lead by Clara, whom I’m pretty sure is the type of girl who could be an instant best friend. This is their debut video, which I have been anxiously waiting for alongside Miranda’s, and can’t get out of my head. Check out their other stuff online, I’m excited to see where they go.

Enjoy!
Amanda

Music - What I'm Listening To

Friday Jam Session: Confessions of a Music Junkie

I was destined to be a music junkie. I born in the early 90’s, the start of a new generation when music was continuing to evolve at a rapid pace. Growing up I listened to my dad’s outlaw country driving around in the truck and caught bits and pieces of the remnants of my parent’s 80’s teenage years. Time with my kid uncle meant christian rock and alternative, and the fact that I was also a dancer opens up a whole other list. THEN, I came to the Midwest, fell in love with red dirt country and met my best friend with a completely different iTunes and who’s love for music matches mine.

One might think that I might be musically confused, or have some sort of complex, but no, I just embraced it all. And ‘all’ translates into a music library of 7,500 songs and growing.

So now we are here at I’ve decided to call my ‘Friday Jam Session.’ Discovering new music  and sharing it with other has become almost like a game to me, and hardly a day goes by on my Facebook or Twitter without a new link being shared. I’m warning you though…my taste in music is all over the board and I’ll listen to songs that came out 30 years ago just as often those that debuted last week. It depends the mood, what’s happening in my life or just what’s stuck in my head. Enjoy!

Say Goodnight by Eli Young Band
EYB is a go-to band when it comes to great lyrics. The vocals in their most recent single just about makes you melt. There is an official music video, but I prefer this studio session version.

Pretty Little Lie by Blackberry Smoke Band
I just discovered this band literally two days ago, but just after one listen I was reminded why I fell in love with red dirt. Talented musicians, ‘rough around the edges’ vocals, honest lyrics and that sound that makes you feel at home. They also kind of remind me of Whiskey Meyers.

Can’t Go Wrong by Phillip Phillips
Phillip squared is one of my newest obsessions. I stalked the Olympics last summer waiting to hear the tv spot that featured his first single “Home,” just so I could try to figure who this voice belonged to. And THIS song is soulful, warm fuzzy music gold.

Feel Again by OneRepublic
Speaking of soulful, warm fuzzy music gold…this one is from one of my permanent obsessions. Lead singer Ryan Tedder goes on my list of people whose voices I could listen to endlessly. Plus it gives me an excuse to throw a few hallelujahs’ in there.

Sure Be Cool If You Did by Blake Shelton
It’s impossible not to love Blake. Seriously though, country music’s resident party boy one minute and then croons this simple one that makes you melt. Come on.

I always welcome suggestions and recommendations. What are you listening to right now?
Amanda