Music is powerful because it can change our mood and over time it can change the way we think. Music can motivate you to move or it can sympathize with you when you’ve had a rough day. “Music… can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable” (Leonard Bernstein).
Through music we can experience what other people have gone through and feel emotions that we’ve never felt before. The artists that are below have brought me to other worlds and this post is dedicated to their work. Before you read each section, be sure that you hit play on the track to see what each artist sounds like.
Some days it’s just difficult to get out of bed and start the day. You wake up and groggily walk across the room to get your day started. Tycho’s ambient tracks warm up the day and are so uplifting that you’ll keep that happiness all day.
The track “Hours” and the album “Dive” are great albums to listen through when you’re studying. The music is just so beautiful and non-intrusive that you can play it anytime. The first time I heard Tycho, I almost immediately listen through “Dive” twice while studying for a final.
2. The Killers
“Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me” are the most popular songs released by The Killers. They rose to fame in the early 2000s and “Mr. Brightside” became one of those incredibly overplayed songs on the radio.
If you dive deeper into their albums, to the songs that didn’t reach the same popularity, you can find a goldmine of music. “Neon Tiger” off of the album “Day & Age“, “Read My Mind” from the album “Sam’s Town“, and “Losing Touch” from “Day & Age” are all great less-popular songs by The Killers.
Goldfish is a lot less known than the others here but equally as unique and talented. “The Real Deal” off their self-titled album is my personal favorite. The band stems from South Africa and all of their music is fresh. “Washing Over Me” has amazing lyrics and the rhythm for “Take Back Tomorrow” helps me run a little faster when I’m at the gym.
4. Jay Brannan
There aren’t too many gay musicians out there that sing about being gay. Most musicians just sing about other things and avoid the topic all together. Enter Jay Brannan; he sings about moving away to a country where he can be accepted, about “half-boyfriends“, and having a woman friend fall in love with him.
His music speaks because it’s about topics that you don’t normally hear about. Jay also has a lot of YouTube videos where he talks about being rejected by the music industry and being his own record label. Nonetheless he finds his way around the world to play smaller shows and record new music.
These are just a few of the many musicians that I’ve fallen in love with in the recent years. They put me in a mood where I feel alive and full of energy. They are all very different from each other and broadcast different messages but they all lift me up when I’ve feeling down.
In the comments below, tell me about your favorite artist! What is it that you like about them? What are some of your favorite tracks they’ve done? Have a wonderful night everyone!