“Six Degrees of Separation” by The Script

January 28, 2013

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Well, the GRAMMY awards are over and now back to recognizing ALL the good music that is out there. I find the awards interesting; there are so many artists that are incredible that never get any recognition. I would love to understand how the voters pick their nominees and how the voting process occurs. I find it funny that they honor lots of “old-timers” in current shows because they never actually won a GRAMMY back in the day when they should have been honored. Oh well, I guess it is just one method of honoring artists … the other is a celebration by us, as music lovers and fans, as we honor and enjoy the wide range of musical talents and genres. So, back to the music …

Today, I am sharing a song from one of my favorite bands (I know, I have a lot of favorites ;)!) The Script is an Irish band that I have been in love with for many years. I distinctly remember when I first discovered them. It was 2008 and we were living in London. I was on the high street getting my hair cut. The salon was pretty hip and they had a great radio station playing. Suddenly this song starts to play and I immediately love it! So, the whole time I am sitting there getting my hair finished, I am trying to remember all the words to the song because I had not been paying attention when they introduced it and said who it was or the name of the song.

I walked home and immediately told my kids: “I just heard the best song and I need to figure out who it is! The song was about a guy who is sitting on a corner and he has a sign …” My daughter rolled her eyes at me, sat down at the computer, and said, “I’m probably going to need more to go on than that.” But we begin googling new songs, new artists and some of the words I could remember and sure enough … we figured it out! It was “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by The Script. It was then, and still is, one of my favorite songs.

The Script is comprised of three Irish guys (a self proclaimed Celtic Trio) – Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan, and Glen Power – who are incredibly talented song-writers, musicians, and singers. They are great storytellers and write a lot about their life and love. Some of the topics they have covered are the death of parents (The End Where I Begin, If You Could See Me Now), and troubles that friends and family were having, particularly during the economic downturn in Ireland (For the First Time, If You Ever Come Back). They have released three albums: The Script (2008), Science & Faith (2010), and #3 (2012). Based on that history, I am hoping for a new album this year. All three albums are fantastic and very different from each other, but I tend to have a stronger connection to the first two albums even though I love several songs on #3.  Check out all their music because I can’t even begin to list the songs I would recommend. Today’s song is from #3 and I love the word play that they use – “Six Degrees of Separation.”

I did not get to see The Script perform live while I was living in London, but I have seen them 3 times back here in the States! They are incredible live! They are funny, personable, down-to-earth, and sound even better live than recorded. They have opened for some incredibly big names, such as Paul McCartney and U2, both of whom personally sought them out because they were so impressed with their talent.

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With that background, I have some exciting news! The Script is touring with OneRepublic this year … two of my all time favorite bands together! Does it get any better than that?!! I am thrilled and can’t wait for the concert. My entire family loves both bands so it will be a great family show. I have to say that The Script and OneRepublic are two of only a handful of bands that I wouldn’t have to beg my husband to attend with me. To top it off, American Authors will also be touring with them. 🙂

SONG OF THE DAY – “I LIVED” by OneRepublic

December 27, 2013

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With the end of the year quickly approaching, I wanted to take time to devote a post to naming my favorite album of the year. There was a tremendous amount of great music released this year, but my favorite album of the year by far is “Native” by OneRepublic.

I honestly love every single song on this album! It is an album that I can listen to at any time … it fits every mood.  I have been a huge fan of OneRepublic from their beginning and I believe Ryan Tedder to be one of the most talented people in the music industry today. His songwriting skills are incredible and I love his voice. On top of all that, he is one of the most energetic entertainers that I have ever seen live in concert. He just loves what he does!

Typically I buy individual songs off of iTunes and do not often purchase an entire album all at once, but with this album my son went onto iTunes on the day the album was released and purchased the whole thing in one fell swoop. We have been listening to it ever since, and it was definitely our summer road trip album. It was incredibly difficult for me to pick just one song for the day as I love all of the songs on this album (so I gave you the link for the entire album as well!); however, the song “I Lived” just captivated me from the moment I heard it. It is an amazing song. I have already told my kids that it is the song I want played at my funeral. They are thrilled to already have that information. haha!

So that is my favorite for 2013 and the most exciting news for 2014 … OneRepublic and The Script are touring together! They are truly two of my all time favorite bands and they will be in concert together. I can hardly wait! As an added bonus, the entire family counts the two bands among their favorites as well!

OneRepublic in concert at the Superbowl - February 2013.
OneRepublic in concert at the Superbowl – February 2013.
The amazing Ryan Tedder!
The amazing Ryan Tedder!
 
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