SONG OF THE DAY – “WILD HEART” by The Vamps

May 12, 2014

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A fun song to start your week off today.

The Vamps are a young group out of the UK, and when I say young … I really mean YOUNG. The band consists of four young guys, the oldest of whom just turned 20, the youngest just recently turned 18.

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The Vamps are truly a band out of the modern age as they did not form in the traditional way. Actually, when James McVey (lead guitar and vocals) wanted to form a band, he turned to YouTube in search of other talent. He met Brad Simpson (lead vocals and guitar) via YouTube in 2011 and the two began writing songs together. In 2012, they connected with Connor Ball (bass guitar and vocals) and Tristan Evans (drums and vocals) and the band was officially formed. They started uploading music covers on their YouTube channel and they were an instant hit, ending 2012 with a record deal. They released their debut album, called Meet The Vamps, in the UK in April of this year. They are very talented young men and co-write and perform all their own songs. This song just makes me happy and brings a little much-needed energy into a Monday.

 

SONG OF THE DAY – “LIVE WHILE WE’RE YOUNG” by JOHNNYSWIM

April 29, 2014

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Today’s song is in celebration of my friend’s birthday. It is fitting that I am posting a song for her here as she is the one who, along with my daughter, convinced me to start this blog and is probably my biggest promoter and fan.

This is such a great song and I love the title. My friend lives her life wide open and full of joy. She is definitely living while she is young … and she will always be young. She knows the meaning of living life to the fullest and enjoying each moment. She is quick to laugh, always up for an adventure, full of energy, and is constantly serving others. I know that I am not the only friend of her’s who has benefited from the spark for life that she shares with everyone she meets. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my dear friend! I miss you and know that you are out living while you are young today, even though you are one day older. 🙂

“Live While We’re Young” is from JOHNNYSWIM, the husband-wife duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano. JOHNNYSWIM is one of my favorite newer musical groups and I previously shared a song by them on this website back in December (I give a little more history about them in that post). Their full length debut album, Diamonds, was just released today! I have been anxiously awaiting its release, so I wanted to share another song by them from the new album today. They are incredible and just have a remarkable sound.

I truly love this new song and there are so many on the album that are worth a listen. I am very impressed with this album – the song lyrics are fantastic, the sound of their two voices together is incredible, the music is raw and infectious, and their chemistry is just something that is not seen very often. Enjoy this new song and the new album today!

There is not currently a YouTube video out for this song, but click here to listen to the song. I will update the page as soon as a video is avaiable. In the meantime, the Album Trailer video below will give you a taste, and if you click here NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert will give you a fantastic view of this remarkable husband-wife duo.