Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A record? Like, a record, record, record?

*above quote from "That Thing You Do." Great movie. If you haven't seen it, go rent it. Now.

Someday I want to have an old-fashioned turntable with a healthy collection of records.

Yes, they are older, and they could break. But they are just so rock-n-roll.

Also, I would love to have one of these clocks on my wall. Someday.


Monday, April 20, 2009

The Rest Is Silence

Unlike Laura, I have a difficult time putting my feelings into words.. Somewhere in the process of translating my feelings into sentences everything gets scrambled and it ends up not making any sense. This is where music saves me.

"If a composer could say what he had to say in words, he would not bother trying to say it in music" - Gustav Mahler

Music is a part of all of us. I believe it's an inherent quality that every single person needs to survive. Can you imagine life without music? Without humming a simple tune? Without wind chimes, and drums, or rain? Without the sound of high heels on hard wood, or simple instruments? What would a movie be like if it didn't have the music to set the mood? What would lyrics be without the melody? I can't, nor would I ever want to reside in a place void of music.

"Without music life would be a mistake" -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

This is why we sing and write. Not to be recognized, not because it seems to be the popular thing to do.. but because we have to. Someday we hope to influence people with our music, help others the way we've been helped. Music gets me through the day, and someday I want my music to help another get through their day.. because I know how much it helps.

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" -Berthold Auerbach


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Soundtrack of Your Life

"Music is all around us...all you have to do is listen."

-August Rush

I believe that life has a soundtrack; but that it does not just consist of perfectly written lyrics combined with crisp melodies.

It's messy. Just like life.

It's the sounds all around us, every day. It's the honk of a car horn, or the cry of a baby. It's the song of a bird, or the scrape of snow shovel against pavement.

There are harsh discords and cacophonies. Sometimes your voice cracks, and sometimes you go flat. We endure the thousand terrible songs we write before that song finally comes out.

But then there are beautiful, clear moments of unison or lovely harmonies.
That is what we live for. For the moments where it all comes together.

Well, that is one way of looking at it.

But I think that sometimes...if you look deep enough, you can see the beauty behind the chaos.

And that can be more powerful than any hit song.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Heartache often makes for some excellent lyrics...

Britt and I have been through a lot together.

We make it through okay with: each other, some great music (our own and our influences), and a healthy dose of chocolate.

Some of the best inspiration comes from the worst days.

The one bright spot that comes from heartache, is the incentive to write that inevitably follows. Sometimes it is soon after; other times it takes a while. Eventually, the song will come out. It is a form of closure; it's a relief when we can finally sing about it and detach ourselves from the situation.

So here's to music. To the way that it allows us to cope with the crap just a little bit better.

It is our incentive to create.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Out Through the Curtain...

Laura and I have known each other since elementary school.. passing in the hallways, participating in the same church functions..and well.. I knew her name and who her parents were. I had my friends, and she hers. My first actual memories of Laura were made during a play that we were both participating in, we had some scenes together. It was a lot of fun and a good bonding experience, but it wasn't best buds right away. We still had seperate lives.

Our story really begins, as before mentioned, in a high school classroom. We were writing partners. We began to sing together, everything clicked in the moment our voices combined and we were instantly sisters. Music has a way of bringing people together, and in Laura and I's case it bonded us for life. From then on things have only gotten better.

Our last years of high school were filled with composing, writing, finding harmony at midnight, eating cookie dough, crying over boys, laughing at everything, and watching all of our favorite movies and tv shows. After high school we went to different colleges, but we have a dream. And what more is there to life than going after your dreams?

We're a team, we understand each other in ways no one else does. My lyrics would be nothing without Laura's melody, and my melody would be nothing without Laura's lyrics. Laura brings me back down to earth when my head is in the clouds, and I help Laura think completely irrationally. We just fit. Our dreams are going to come true can they not?