First things first, Happy New Year!
I spent the end of the year doing a lot of soul searching about where I wanted to take Jukebox Mixtape moving into 2017. Furthermore, what was important to me to accomplish as I move forward, both as a huge fan of music and as a writer. What has become abundantly clear to me over the past few months is how excited I am about things happening even beyond Country Music. I’ve found myself diving deeper into playlists that I’ve never ventured into before, being inspired by new words and places, daily.
With that being said, I wanted the first post of the year to reflect where my head is at. The things I’m thinking and feeling. The things that will make sense for me to write about as I move into 2017. This blog initially started as a place for me to share my love of country music when I was the lone fan living on the west coast. Quite quickly that niche I carved for myself began to consume my time and attention. I let a lot of other things about why I wanted to talk about music fall to the wayside. My opinions, for fear of offending people. My thoughts, because they might be too personal. And my love of writing, because so many people told me nobody wants to read that many words.
That’s fine. I assume if you don’t feel like reading you’ll give this a once over and move on to the next. I’m totally okay with that. Take a listen to the music and skip over all the rest. BUT, I’m going to be writing. More often than I’m not. Because I’m interested in why music brings us all together. Why it makes me cry. Why it makes me laugh. Why when I’m walking down the street and the perfect song is on in my headphones, I feel like I can take over the world.
So, here are two songs that made me feel that way at two separate times. Plot twist, they’re the same song, by two different artists. One is sleek and sexy alternative pop magic, and the other is gritty, disjointed and emotional rock that made me want to weep.
Check out Somebody Else by The 1975 and VÉRITÉ.