If you didn’t know, Ed Sheeran is probably one of the most underrated artists out there. He is so talented that my soul weeps for the lack of attention his music receives.
This song is from the soundtrack of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (I always want to pronounce that as Smee). I paid $5 to Amazon to rent the movie because Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were in it together – my favorite British Bros (Sorry Professor X and Magneto)!
While listening to the music at the end, I heard the sweet, sweet voice of Ed singing and I about fell off my couch. I have a soft spot for epic movie soundtracks (for example, Breath of Life by Florence & the Machine from Snow White and the Hunstman and Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey from The Great Gatsby).
Listen and tell me this isn’t as epic as epic gets!
I wonder if I could create an Epic Songs station on Pandora?
Say what you will about Glee, those kids can sing and nothing feels better than hearing a song that used to make you cringe be sung in a way that makes you want to cry. Usually I would also put the original, but it’s not even worth it (sorry Ne-Yo).
Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
Then we have Running Up That Hill covered by Track & Field:
I hadn’t heard this version before and I think it’s my favorite of all of them. This version is from the Warehouse 13 Soundtrack. Epic! There isn’t an official video, but this one is good and it has the lyrics (sorry if you’re not into lyric videos!)
Running Up That Hill
And for some good ol’ fashion Florence + The Machine:
I finally created a Pandora channel for FTM and when I first heard this song I thought she was saying, “I’m so happy.” You can imagine my chagrin when I tried looking for it and realized it was Heavy.
Heavy In Your Arms
And of Finally Breath of Life, also by Florence + The Machine. The movie was blah, but this song. This song gave me life after watching the comatose looking Kristen Stewart try to act like a brave version of Snow White (lest we all forgot, she ran away from her evil Stepmama in the Disney version and then ate the apple from the stranger…so, not the best role model out there).
This version is so epic and I am partial to orchestras as you all well know, so here we go!
Breath of Life
So I’ve been doing who knows what these last few months. I have been listening to some good music though!
So in no particular order (in fact, I hit randomize on my iPod) let’s start with Phoenix:
I first heard this band during the Made in America Festival in August. I DIED. They are fantastic!! My favorite song so far?
Next came Lana Del Rey with Young and Beautiful from the Great Gatsby Soundtrack:
Can I just say how amazing her voice is? How perfect she is in every way? ::swoon:: And that Orchestra!
Young and Beautiful
Next up is Ivan & Alyosha:
On Facebook, Bones (the TV show) was telling people to go listen to them. So I did. And I fell in love. This group reminds of One Republic. They are so good, I think I have two of their songs on here!
Running for Cover
I don’t know when I first heard this song, but it was a while back and I’ve been meaning to post it. I’m sure you’ve heard it already, but…
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
How much is too much to love? Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder. In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire’s New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes. Continue reading
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. The request takes Margaret by surprise–she doesn’t know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter’s dozens of novels.
Late one night while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer.
As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter’s account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story. In the end, both women have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets. As well as the ghosts that haunt them still.
Justin Timberlake, JT, the lead in N*Sync. Yes…him! So, I was not blown away by his first single off his new album The 20/20 Experience. BUT! His new single, Mirrors, is the bomb.com. Seriously, it is perfect in tempo, beat, harmony and lyrics. This should have been his first single. I’m not a big fan of buying songs from iTunes, but I snatched this up yesterday from there.
I usually have my top songs from the album the song came from, but I honestly haven’t listened to anything else other than this song since yesterday afternoon. Just being 100% here.
So, for all those who haven’t heard it yet, enjoy!
Ellie Goulding. I’m so shocked that she’s still not super popular in the US. She has a way of singing that is raspy and full of so much emotion. Usually, when a person sings, they lose their accent. She manages to keep it and it adds so much more to the music.
As I was youtube stalking her, I came across this song. Absolutely beautiful – a must share.
Her album, Halcyon has some amazing hits on it. Some of my favorites are:
- Anything could Happen
- I know you Care
So, go on and enjoy this soft ballad.
Last week, I mentioned Florence + the Machine’s Shake It Off. Well, last season, the cast of Glee sang a version of the song that was really great. The scene is always very poignant and adds a whole other level to the meaning of the words as they sing them.
Of course, the original is even better but, I wanted to show you how awesome musicals are!
For the original song (Because you really should hear it twice):
I will be honest, I know Rihanna isn’t the best singer out there, she’s not even a particularly good singer. But, her album, Unapologetic is amazing. Say what you will but the collection of music on that album is just hit after hit. This new single of her’s: Stay ft. Mikky Ekko speaks to my soul in a way a song hasn’t since Florence + the Machine‘s Shake It Off.
Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):
- Love Song (feat. Future)
- Pour it up
So, to start off the 2013 season of my reviews, Happy Valentine’s Day!