SONG OF THE DAY – “HOLD ME” by Royal Teeth

March 18, 2014

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Okay, so I have to be honest as to why I picked this song today. I have had several songs by this band on my list for some time, but I have teeth on my mind today and so I obviously gravitated to this band. Sometimes it is an odd reason that leads me to share a great song! haha

Last week I started having some tooth pain. It was fortuitous timing because I had a regular cleaning scheduled with my dentist on Friday. He took a quick x-ray, did some tests, and immediately referred me to an Endodontist. So, today I started root canal therapy on the tooth. YUCK! It is the very back molar and I honestly did not think I could hold my jaw open one second longer when my doctor said “we will finish for today.” It is a two appointment root canal and “it will get much worse before it gets better.” Well, that’s dandy! You would think if you had a dead nerve you would have no pain … obviously not the case. So, you can see why I was driven to pick a song by Royal Teeth. 🙂

Royal Teeth is a young, five member, Indie Pop band formed in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2010. Nora Patterson is the only female in the group and she uses her incredible voice like a fine-tuned instrument. I am fascinated by the sound she can make – it really could be mistaken for an instrument. Gary Larsen is the other lead singer and he is just fun to watch perform. In fact, the entire sound of the band is fun, lively, and youthful.

The band is really on a run right now. They have been touring like crazy over the last year, they just finished performing to glowing reviews at SXSW, and they will be the guest performer on American Idol this Thursday. Their debut album, GLOW, was released in August of last year and their song, “Wild” has been hugely popular. You can currently get a free download of three tracks off GLOW at NoiseTrade (just don’t forget the tip!). This band is certainly one to watch – I think they are about to explode!

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SONG OF THE DAY – “VOLCANO” by Damien Rice

March 17, 2014

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I feel like today demands a song from an Irish artist in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. There are so many incredibly talented artists from Ireland out there to choose from, but I chose to post a song from Damien Rice today because I have seen his name mentioned so many times recently as being the influence for numerous artists. He is one of those artists that has inspired an entire generation of musicians.

Damien Rice is an incredibly gifted singer-songwriter and musician from Ireland. He started his musical career with a rock band called Juniper in the 1990s and began his solo career in 2001. “Volcano” is an older song, released by him in 2003 on his album O. The first time that I heard this song and fell in love with it was during the 2012 American Idol season when Phillip Phillips performed his interpretation of the song. It was incredible and was the first song that I ever purchased of an American Idol performance. His version is also worth listening to as it is superb! Phillip Phillips is one of those young artists who lists Damien Rice as an influence and one of his favorite musicians.

Hope you remembered to wear green today! 😉 Happy St. Patrick’s Day and a shout out to all the incredibly talented Irish musicians out there.