I know it’s not Friday, I apologize. I only remembered on Friday and then there was a fire alarm in my building (a drill? I don’t know) and then I found myself watching Lord of the Rings until it was Saturday. I want to also apologize for not posting as often, I just got a new schedule at work and things have been hectic, but I promise I have some ideas that will make their way to the blagosphere eventually! That’s all the excuses I have for you today, I promise!
Okay, so this one is a bit lame, but what music lover doesn’t enjoy the chance to prate about their top five favorite artists every once in awhile? I’m usually pretty awful about picking favorites as far as entertainment goes, so these bands I’ve selected for you are my tried-and-true loves.
I’ve added a sample song from each of the bands for your listening pleasure, but in no way are those my favorite songs by these artists. There’s no way I could pick!
By the way, this is going to be a countdown, just for the suspense.
5) The Heartless Bastards (2003-present)
The Heartless Bastards are a relatively new love of mine; I was only introduced to them this year by one of my cousins who just so happens to have an impeccable taste in music. At first I was hesitant to embrace this band– I’ve never been a huge fan of female vocalists and as a choral singer I’d never before been exposed to anything remotely like Erika’s voice– but I soon came to love them, especially her voice. The Bastards are a rock-folksy band with excellent stage presence– they’re the only ones on this list that I’ve actually seen in concert!
4) Natalie Cole (1955-present)
I’m really only a huge fan of Natalie Cole for her Unforgettable album in which she sings all of the old jazz classics that her father, Nat King Cole, used to sing. I’ll listen to this album when I’m getting ready, when I’m sad, or when I’m in love, the moods are all there. My parents are actually the ones who own this album, so I grew up with this music and it’ll be with me for the rest of my life. I’ve heard so many of the old “greats” sing these songs, and don’t get me wrong, they’re awesome, but in my opinion Natalie Cole outdid them all.
3) Stevie Ray Vaughan (1970-1990)
Who’d have thought I could give so much respect to a musician who couldn’t even read sheet music? Stevie Ray was a phenomenal guitarist, and his cool blend of southern jazz and rock never fails to draw me in. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a Texas native– I love me some Texan drawl!
2) The Beach Boys (1961-present)
My parents definitely have odd taste in music (Juice Newton, anyone?) but they did hit the mark every now and then. The Beach Boys was another band I grew up listening to and still can’t get enough of. In my opinion they’re still the best band ever for driving around with the top down, and as a decent musician myself I really appreciate the layered voices and harmonies. Who doesn’t feel good when listening to these happy-go-lucky teens?
1) Eagles (1971-1980)