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Week 4 - It's a Bitter World, and I'd Rather Dream

Posted on April 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone!

I've just come back from spring break, so sorry about the no-show of a post. So, let's get right to it, shall we?


Monday: Children of Africa: The Story of Us by Symphony of Science


Symphony of Science brings a unique viewpoint of the world to anyone who cares to listen.This song in particular has a brilliant melody and chord structure, as well as a general optimistic feel that wells up deep inside of you. It expresses powerful messages by scientists through music, and it's kind of hard to describe...so just listen.


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Tuesday: How to Save a Life by Alex Goot


I recently discovered Alex Goot's amazing singing ability. His covers are superb, and this is one of my favorites. The chords in the background are especially moving. A beautiful cover of a beautiful song, originally by The Fray.


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Wednesday: Introduce A Little Anarchy by Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard


From the movie The Dark Knight, two of my favorite composers team up to produce an utterly phenomenal track. Listen especially from 1:06-1:26. The dark energy in this song is overwhelmingly powerful. Take a listen. Feel empowered.


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Thursday: Lonely Lullaby by Owl City


A beautiful, heartbreaking song by one of the most amazing heartfelt artists I've known to exist. Truly a brilliant masterpiece. The harmonies, the touching piano, the chords, the soothing voice...everything is perfect.


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Friday: Love The Way You Lie Mashup by Sam Tsui


A wonderful mashup of pop songs by a wonderful artist. The energy is unmistakable. I can't put much else into words...so listen to this mashup of  "Love The Way You Lie", "Dynamite", and "Teenage Dream" by the talented Sam Tsui.


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Saturday: Explosive (Orion & Ed Leal Production) - Bond


A wonderful string quartet with a hip twist, Bond is a favorite of mine. Here is one of their songs that is quite brilliant. Let's see what you think.


(Note: no decent youtube video, so here's a link to *gasp* myspace)


http://www.myspace.com/bondofficial/music/songs/explosive-orion-ed-leal-production-137722


Sunday: Star Force One Overture by Rich Douglas


A wonderful epic-feeling overture that was done for CMC, the Conceptual Music Competition by another one of my favorite composers, Rich Douglas. You may be hearing more from him on MOTW. So, without further ado, here's a direct link to the mp3 (no decent youtube video again).


http://www.abadoss.net/CMC/Rich_Douglas_-_Star_Force_One_Overture_CMC29.mp3


Thanks, and have a brilliant music-filled week!


-TheMusicMaster

Week 3 - You Go There, You're Gone Forever

Posted on March 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Hi everyone! Sorry for the REALLY late post. I had a whole bunch of stuff to do over the past few weeks. Regardless, here's your weekly dose of music. (Hopefully I'll be back on schedule by next Monday).


Monday: Anywhere Is by Enya


What a brilliant song! Unlike her normal style, this Enya song is upbeat and full of life. An interesting storyline that reminds me of a maze through the lyrics. Not to mention the addictive beat and stupendous instrumentation! Take a listen as you find your way.


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Tuesday: All This Time by OneRepublic


This is probably my favorite sad song ever. The heartbreaking piano and lyrics nearly had me to tears. The chords will strike your heartstrings like a piano, and you will be moved. Prepare yourself for an experience of a lifetime.


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Wednesday: Glaciers by Scott Director


This is a concert band piece I fell in love with at first sight (sound?). It explores the glacier's movement and destruction, as well as hope for a new beginning. The theme played by the french horn and other instruments is quite superb. I hope you feel uplifted by the themes in this wonderful piece.


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Thursday: Party in the CIA by Weird Al Yankovic


So far, you haven't really heard a comedic song from me. Let this be a great start. Weird Al Yankovic's lyrics are extremely funny, if you haven't heard any of his songs. This is one of my favorites of his new songs.


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Friday: "Home of the Blues" Piano Cover by Owl City


I found this about a month ago. Even though I despise most country songs, covers can get to me. This is one of those. Owl City took a country song an turned it into something I loved. He must be a genius to do that. Anyway, this song is beautiful in all respects, with lyrics and chord structure. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


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Saturday: Heroic Tale by Pierre Gerwig Langer


This is a beautiful song by Pierre Gerwig Langer, who I admire for his skill at composing epic music. This song is no exception. Picture Earth in the first half of the song, in the lonely area of space, and as the music picks up, you are traveling through a wormhole. As the vocals enter again in a powerful and mystical moment, you have arrived at another world, as spaceships zoom past. Add as much detail as you can to this song. Follow the storyline, and you will not regret the power you feel after listening to this song.


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Sunday: Time by Hans Zimmer


One of my favorite composers, Hans Zimmer has done music for several amazing soundtracks, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Kung Fu Panda, and The Dark Knight. This song is from the movie Inception, which I both loved the plot line and the soundtrack of. This is the ending theme, and one of the most beautiful progressive pieces I have ever heard. Let the chords strike within you, and feel complete as we end this week's MOTW.


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Thank you for the opportunity to express music with all of you, and have a wonderful music-filled week!


-TheMusicMaster

Week 2 - Every Siren Is A Symphony

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone! Welcome to the second MOTW! Have you stuck with me this far? Today we have some new artists that perhaps you've never heard of, and some ones that I'm sure you've heard of. Let's begin!


Monday: Ce Matin-Là (That Morning) by Air


This is a relaxing jazz piece. Not with saxophones though. With my favorite instrument, the french horn (which comes in around the 1 minute mark). This is not the normal genre you'd find from Air, however. They are a more techno style. Listen to the overlapping melodies in the horn, and let yourself wake up in the morning.


(Note: I couldn't find a decent youtube video, so here's something from Vimeo.)


http://vimeo.com/14551630


Tuesday: Nyan Cat (Alex S. Dubstep Remix)


WHAT? DUBSTEP? Not exactly. There are only a couple dubstep songs I like. The reason I would like them is because they actually have a melody. Now, this song takes our favorite meme and combine it with somehing that actually has an addicting beat.


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Wednesday: Fireflies by Ahmir


I told you you'd be seeing them again soon. More beautiful harmonies from Ahmir. I don't have much else to say about this song except that it's a beautiful cover of Owl City's song.


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Thursday: Usher Acapella Medley - Jake Broido


I found this a couple weeks ago, and I was stunned by the amazing singing this man has. See for yourself.


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Friday: Bring Me To Life - Evanescence


Evanescence's music is both haunting and beautiful.  This song is one of my favorites of hers. The mystical quality she gives is not found in any other music I have listened to.


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Saturday: Fortune Days by The Glitch Mob


A unique hybrid of orchestral and trance, this song is an intresting song to add to MOTW. Let's see what you think of it.


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Sunday: Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall by Coldplay


Probably my favorite of their newest songs; sit back and take in all the symbolism and beautiful sounds as you drift away into another world...


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Have a wonderful music-filled week!


-TheMusicMaster

Week 1 - It Really Is The Good Life

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Hey everyone! It's the first MOTW! You will find that I post many types of music here including pop, techno, orchestral, epic, and (gasp) even dubstep.

For future reference, songs are best heard at the highest resolution (unless stated otherwise, so please turn it up to the highest - usually 480p, 720p, or 1080p) in the youtube videos and with stereo headphones. That means with both earbuds in. Now, let the music take you into another world...where it's just you and the music.


Monday: Good Life by OneRepublic


What I love about OneRepublic is the meaning in their songs. But it's not mainly the lyrics that capture my attention in this song. It's the guitar and the whistling. Such a simple melody, but so beautiful. Also, the harmonies in this song are amazing. Pay attention to the synthpads in the beginning at about 0:05. Take a listen. You won't regret it.


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Tuesday: Doesn't Mean Anything by Ahmir


This is a cover of a song by Alicia Keys. Ahmir is unique because their harmonies seem to bering more meaning to the original song. You may see Ahmir again in the near future. So open your ears and put some headphones on. The amazing harmonies will make your heart lift up to the heavens.


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Wednesday: Galaxies by Owl City


Galaxies is a song with deep meaning, as are most of Owl City's songs. The hybrid orchestral-synthpop feel here is what really gets me. If you really listen to the lyrics, you can hear a Christian influence. Let the strings and synths transport you to another galaxy.


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Thursday: Flow Like Water by James Newton Howard


This song comes from the movie "The Last Airbender." Although critics didn't enjoy the movie, the music was still phenomenal. James Newton Howard is one of my favorite composers. He ranks out among the top with John Williams and James Horner (you'll see some of them too on MOTW). This song is the ending theme from the movie, and is very cinematic. I encourage you to listen to the full six and a half minutes. The string theme will pull you into a peaceful state, and you will follow the flow of the water to the end. Let the french horn soothe your mind as you drift along a deserted river. The last minute of the song is a suspenseful theme...let your mind picture what is happening.


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Friday: Flynn Lives by Daft Punk


Daft Punk is known for their techno. However, while composing music for the movie Tron Legacy, they took a different spin: a hybrid of techno and orchestral. This genre is probably my favorite. This is another ending theme from the movie. Delve into the progression of this masterpiece, and although this piece has no techno in it, it will blow your mind by the end.


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Saturday: Fist of Might by Pierre Gerwig Langer


Pierre Gerwig Langer is one of my favorite composers. His epic pieces bring...well, epicness to my day. Here is one of my favorites of his. During this song, picture a burning building and the efforts to put out the fire. Picture this....and enjoy.


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Sunday: May It Be by Celtic Woman


Sung by Lisa Kelly of the group Celtic Woman, this beautiful cover of an Enya song (you'll see Enya later) is in my opinion better than the original. Enya is really hard to beat, so that tells you something. The bass drum and orchestra in the beginning is extremely epic and moving, not to mention the beautiful celtic melodies in the vocal. This is a beautiful closing to Week 1 of MOTW, and I hope you enjoyed everything!


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Have a wonderful music-filled week!

-TheMusicMaster


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