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MtM: American Authors

As I have said in my About section, one of my three passions is music. That’s why I would like to announce that I will be starting a new category tonight, “Music that Moves”. As I think hard about what I would like to bring to this blog, it seems to be becoming more of a variety show, but I think I’m okay with that!

The Back Story

As a lover of all kinds of music, I have learned to appreciate every genre for what they have to bring to the table. Everything has it’s strengths and themes.. and if you pay close enough attention, you can see that they all work toward one common goal: Uniting people. Inspiring people. Moving people. Hence, Music that Moves (MtM)

Note: This is not going to be a review in the traditional sense in that I am not going to be stating what they should do better, or give them any sort of rating. The goal of this series is simply to spread positive and inspirational music.

The Song
“Best Day Of My Life”
American Authors

The Band
American Authors was formed in Boston by Zac Barnett (Vocals), James Adam Shelley (Guitar/Banjo), Dave Rublin (Bass) and Matt Sanchez (Drums) while the four were attending Berklee College of Music. They dropped out and relocated to Brooklyn, where the band is now based. 

Their style has been described as a mix between Fun and Mumford and Sons.

How it Moves
The air of positivity in this song is incredible. It’s just one of those songs that put a smile on your face and can instantly change your mood. I seriously considered setting this song as my alarm as a daily reminder to live each day to it’s fullest.

The video is a very fun watch as well, that offers a unique perspective of the meaning of the song. The main character of the video seems to be lonely and sad, then meets this “monster” and has a fun night on the town. It’s then shown that the majority of the video, monster included, was all a dream when he wakes up at the same bar from the beginning. He apologizes to the bartender and takes his leave. Not long after that, the bartender finds the photos from the booth with the monster, so the video has that corny “Was it a dream or was it reality?” ending, but it can be forgiven due to the immense amount of positivity emanating from the lyrics.

Give Me More!
So far, American Authors has only 1 EP out with 5 songs (all fantastic by the way) and all can be found on Spotify. I’m very interested to see what 2014 brings for this very talented group… I for one hope that a full album is in the mix!

Keep up to date with American Authors via their main site, and be sure to give them a “like” on Facebook


Music: The Most Powerful Form of Expression

Let’s cut to the chase. Music. You love it, I love it, everyone loves it. No matter who you are or where you come from, anyone can appreciate a tune. From listening leisurely to rekindling brain function (yes, its that powerful) music has a way of evoking emotion, bringing out long-lost memories, and even uniting us. It is passion at it’s finest. It is the most powerful form of expression.
I’ve always loved music. Some of my earliest memories are of standing in front of the TV singing along to such classics as Sesame Street’s “Rubber Ducky” and the one song that inspired me to learn the saxophone, “Put Down the Ducky“. Today, it wouldn’t be surprising to see me on Spotify or Youtube searching for new music and updating my playlists. To me, music is the fastest and most effective way to deal with stress as it helps me realize that in the end, none of the bad even matters (Sup Linkin Park?)
A great thing about music is that, across the many genres there are, you can always find at least one aspect of any genre that you can appreciate. If I had to choose a favorite genre it would have to be modern folk because of the deep meaning behind the lyrics, but I also listen to a lot of rap, rock, pop, punk and yes, even the repetitive genre of EDM. All of these genres bring so much to the table that it astounds me how many people choose one or two and hate on the rest. I mean, it’s like you’re sitting at the table on Thanksgiving and there’s a delicious pot of rap, a steaming plate of folk, aromatic punk, and sweet EDM for dessert….and you just take one! No way! To really be an audiophile, you need to indulge in everything. Stimulate your mind and embrace the meaning behind every song. Look for the good and stop hating!
Did you check out that snippet of video I linked earlier about Henry? No? Well do it. Okay, wasn’t that incredible? Sit back and think about that for a second. This elderly man who is in a very deep stage of Alzheimer’s reverses his condition in a sense and gives him the ability to once again interact with the world around him. Music, seemingly nothing more than a brief auditory experience, did more for this man than any pharmaceutical company ever could. He is once again connected to his past and with it, his memories. After watching a miracle like this, how can you not be passionate about the world’s best drug?

“It gives me the feeling of love, of romance…I feel the band of love and dreams”