The Music Tag

I Love Several Songs (Music Tag)

As you probably know already, I love music (like, a lot). I’ve written about it in the past, everything from my favorite music videos to analyzing specific songs like a nerd (but I embrace it). Naturally, I never pass up an opportunity to talk about music, and so this week, I’m participating in the Music Tag! No one actually tagged me to participate in this, but I found it on Wanderer’s Pen and decided it would be fun to just chat about music for a bit. Without further ado, on to the questions!

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Freshman Year Soundtrack

First year of college? DONE. Now I only have three more to go…

Anyway, this past year I listened to a lot of music. I mean, I don’t have over 500 songs on my phone for nothing! Plus, I think music can often provide motivation, encouragement, and support all through life, and it expresses things that sometimes can’t be described in just words.

This week, I wanted to share a handful of songs that I’m calling my Freshman Year Soundtrack. Although I listened to much more than this list, these are the songs that I think most describe my year and are also some of the songs that most encouraged me all through the school year. You can listen to the whole playlist on Spotify, but if you want to hear my explanations of the songs, keep reading!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Rock

Or, “Another Excuse for Me to Talk About My Favorite Bands.”

Want to start listening to Christian rock, but don’t know where to start? Well, I’m here to help.

But let’s get one thing straight first – I’m not the biggest fan of the term “Christian rock,” or whatever genre you feel like shoving in there. First off “Christian” isn’t a genre, no matter what your local Christian bookstore tries to tell you, and second, bands can’t actually be Christian. To quote Blimey Cow for the second time in the past week: “Bands don’t have souls! DC Talk didn’t go to Heaven when it died!”

However, musicians can be Christian, and lyrics can have themes related to Christianity. Musicians and bands use their platform to share the Good News, which I think is wonderful! That’s really what I mean when I use the term “Christian rock” – a rock band that’s using their music and their platform to spread the Gospel.

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll explain this list: I know from experience that discovering Christian rock is both incredibly exciting and very overwhelming, so I decided to come up with a reference for those new to this “genre.” I’ve included the bands I think are pretty accessible to everyone up to metalcore and heavier artists. There’s a place for everyone, so read on!

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Best of August

Another month, another Best Of! I hope all of you awesome readers had a great August and enjoyed these last few weeks of summer. I’ve been pretty busy myself, but I still had time for some cool stuff, which I’ll talk about later. For now, let’s get right into it!

Blogging

In case you missed it, here’s what I blogged about this month!

Top 5 Heroines (August 12)
Beautiful People #20 (August 16)
Top 5 Heroes (August 19)
August in Pictures (August 26)

I also wrote  a guest post for Between Reality titled Character Clichés I Could Live Without, so be sure to take a look at that as well!

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Top 5 Female Singers

Before I start – yes, my blog posts are erratic lately. I didn’t think things could get any busier with school being over, but I guessed wrong. These last two weels have been particularly full of volunteering, family visits, and planning events, so when I do have my free time, I usually just slump down and fall asleep. I probably need to be more disciplined.

However, after my previous post about my top 5 male singers, I did promise that I would make a second list for my favorite female vocalists. If you want a recap of the first list, be sure to click the link above, and then come back to read all about my Top 5 Female Singers!

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Top Ten Music Videos (Part 1)

It’s amazing how art works together. Movies have soundtracks to create the mood of a scene, and books have illustrations to show the reader what’s happening. In the same way, musicians often create videos to go with their songs.

I often see music videos in one of two categories: Narrative videos that tell a story, and performance videos that depict the band or artist performing the song. Of course, there is some overlap between categories, but generally, most videos lean more towards on or the other. Each style offers its own advantages and disadvantages, but both types give the artist plenty of room to be creative.

Narrative music videos are unique, because unlike movies or TV shows, they usually don’t contain dialogue. Instead, they tell stories with just music and actions. In place of storytelling, performance videos allow the artist to create interesting visual effects with lighting, background, and so on. They can be just as creative as narrative videos.

I’ve compiled a list of my ten favorite music videos from all sorts of genres in all sorts of styles. I’ll be posting it in two parts – one this week, and one next week. I’ll also provide links to watch each video, as well as list the artist, album, and genre of the song. So, let’s get started!

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