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“If You Harden On The Inside” blends beautiful layered harmonies of disinterest (“blah, blah, blah, blah”), a confident voice with a rich timbre, and songwriting with a clear message— “if you harden on the inside, you’ll be easy to break”. Even with a direct message the meaning is left up to the listener’s interpretation. The way this song pairs a delicate production with an almost reserved delivery will leave a lasting impression.
You can purchase “If You Harden On The Inside” on Hezekiah Jones’ Bandcamp page.
Yesterday I spent my Saturday night at Underground Arts listening to the wonderful live music provided by Hezekiah Jones, Black Horse Motel, Adrien Reju, and Andy Stack. Experiencing live music in person cannot be replicated but let the following photos and videos give you a hint of what the show was like. See you at a show!
I kind of ditched the theme aspect of Songful Sundays. I’ll continue to post songs as they come to me. Some songs might be new finds while others will be past faves but all will be worth a listen. Enjoy!
In a Black Out – Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
All You Ever Wanted – The Black Keys
I Knew You When – Ike
Love Always Remains – MGMT
Spineless – Jealousy Curve
Angel Down – Lady Gaga
What Can I Do For You? – Illinois
Wake Up – The Walkmen
Change Of Scenery – Val Emmich
Don’t Follow Me – Overlook, Billy Roach
Goshen ’97 – Strand of Oaks
Last Words – Quick Step John
Last night Mondo Cozmo played for a sold-out crowd at Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA). After a few minutes of an intro song that the band (featuring some members of Illinois) was playing Mondo took to the stage as the crowd cheered. The opening song was “Plastic Souls” and in my head I was screaming “THAT’S MY JAM!” Somewhere towards the middle of the set they played “Hold On To Me” (see video below). And the last song of the night was “Shine” a positively uplifting tune that is awe-inspiring. “Shine” was performed with special guest vocals by Iris and she was great. I only wish that the set was longer but I understand a new artist doesn’t have an entire catalog of songs to perform. Oh well, I think they should have used the repeat option and played the entire set again. If we can repeat recorded music, then I say that should be a live music option too. Think about it.
Hemming was the opening act. Last night was my first time ever hearing Hemming’s music and I really liked it. I liked it enough that I bought her cd. I’m going to make sure I catch some more of her shows.
Overall, it was an excellent night of music and my ears are still smiling.
It’s rare that I would take such a short trip to NYC, I was only in town for a few hours, but when Val Emmich plays Rockwood Music Hall I had to be there. The show started at 7:00PM sharp as advertised. Emmich’s set included “Leave The Past Behind” an original song from The Reminders EP (music inspired by the novel) and “Across The Universe, a cover of the Beatles classic that can be found on that same EP. The rest of the set comprised of a mix of songs from Val’s catalog. All in all, it was a fantastic set of music by Val and band tonight at Rockwood Music Hall. May I reiterate, I wholeheartedly believe—everyone can use some Val Emmich music in their life.
The following are photos and a video from tonight’s show. Please check them out!
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It’s a new year and although the weather outside can be cold and frightful I have the unquenchable need to return to some serious show-going. After all, it is my favorite pastime.
So, my first show of 2017 was Friday night at Underground Arts for the Nicky P & Friends Fundraiser. This fundraiser was the third event of its kind and “January 6th, 2017 we will be celebrating the anniversary of my father’s lung transplant. It’s to the day which couldn’t work out any better.” I attended the event for the live music and being able to contribute to the fundraiser made the night a win-win.
The following photos provide a visual highlight of the performances by Nicky P, Archawah, and Former Belle. These artists provided a great night of live music and all for a good cause. Yes, it was an excellent way to spend a Friday night.
View photos here. Did you attend this show? Please share your thoughts in the comments.