Music Monday

Music Monday – 40 Watt Bulb

Hey everyone,

About a week or so ago I was listening to random songs in my iTunes collection and happened upon a group I thought I would share with all of you.  Unfortunately I don’t believe they are writing music together anymore, but I did a quick check and their previous album that I am going to recommend is still on iTunes so I can still share that with you.  The band is called 40 Watt Bulb and they were a group from north-central Minnesota that I met once when I was interning at a recording studio in Mankato, MN.  I guess you would say there sound is more towards roots and folk music, but I don’t want to label it completely, so you can take a listen and hear for yourself.  This is actually one of my absolute favorite albums that I continue to listen to over and over again.  The songs are easy to sing along to, and you’ll find clever lyrics throughout.

You can find them on iTunes here:

or on Spotify here: Forty Watt Bulb – Shovel’s Length Short

The main songwriter also has some solo music out so you find out more about that here:

Music Monday – RWB Revisited

Hello friends, for this week’s Music Monday post I decided I wanted to revisit a band that I shared with all of you just a little while back.  The reason I wanted to do this is because they’re awesome and I want to help support their music, but also because they are in the middle of a cool contest right now.  Starting on Oct 1 (a few days ago) they are going to reveal a new track from their upcoming album each day until they are through the 13 tracks.  The contest part comes in where all you need to do is leave a comment on the soundcloud upload that they provide and you are entered to win a cool prize package featuring a whole bunch of stuff like tickets to a show and merch items related to their new album.  So head over to their facebook page where you can listen each day to the tracks and enter a comment for a chance to win.

Music Monday – Needtobreathe

Hello again! I know I’ve missed a couple of weeks of my music monday posts but I’m back today and ready to share with you an amazing band I hope you’ll really enjoy.

This week I wanted to share with you a group called Needtobreathe. I won’t go into the whole background and history as you can do more of that if you’re further interested in the band, but they released a new album this past Tuesday called “The Reckoning.” I picked it up the day of and have been listening ever since. Needless to say, I’ve been hooked and I’ll share a couple of videos below so you can take a listen.

First off is the audio for one of my favorite songs from their new album. This one is called “Slumber.”

The second video I wanted to share is a little more insight into the latest album and some of the stories behind the songs. Personally I am a big fan of the artists talking about the songs and sharing a little bit more of the “inside” info on how the song came to be. So this is an added bonus.

Music Monday – Chris Gelbuda

Just a quick post today for Music Monday but I wanted to share another artist I found through Insider Sessions. His name is Chris Gelbuda and the song below is one of his that instantly caught my ear. Check out “How Did I Lose Track of You” and his EP on iTunes.

Music Monday – Matt Duke

I’m back again for yet another music monday. This week I’ve got a video for you from an artist by the name of Matt Duke. I found this particular video as I was searching through the Insider Sessions website. If you recall, I played a few songs and did an interview for that site just a few weeks back and there’s a lot of great material over there. So definitely check out the many great artists on that site if you haven’t done so already.

I pulled this video clip below from Matt Duke’s Insider Session as he made a stop in Des Moines to play at Vaudeville Mews. I’m a sucker for songs with a story and I believe that any song that moves a person emotionally probably has a very real story behind it. However, most of the time we don’t get to hear those back stories, so when an artist does share some insight into the songwriting of a particular song, I’m always drawn to it even more. This clip features Matt Duke’s song “The Hour.” I hope you enjoy it.

Music Monday – Orla Gartland

For music monday this week I am sharing with you a young songwriter I found on youtube a while back. In the typical youtube fashion I discovered her by checking out a Mumford and Sons cover song medley that she performed. From there I was impressed and moved on to her original material. Not only does she have a very strong and distinct voice, but her original songs contain a unique writing style all her own. This is evident in the video I share with you below. Hope you enjoy it and make sure to check out more of her material on youtube.

Music Monday – Insider Sessions

For today’s music monday I thought I would do a little bit of partial self promotion and at the same time share with all of you a cool website for checking out new artists. The website is At this site you will find “sessions” from local Iowa musicians, as well as regional and national artists that happen to be stopping by the area for a show. The concept is the artist will play a few songs as well as be interviewed so the viewer can learn a little bit about the person(s) behind the music.

Now here’s where I come into the picture. A little over a week ago I participated in an Insider Session and that is now posted online for you to check out. Click here to check out the videos and be sure to check out other past “sessions” as well. You’ll find some great music. Enjoy!

Music Monday – Relient K

Here we are again on music monday and it seems like I was just writing a post yesterday. The weeks are flying by. This week I’ve decided to share with you a band that I’ve been listening to off and on for a quite some time. That band happens to be Relient K. I was introduced to them in my early teen years by a few friends and didn’t really pay that much attention until their album “mmhmm” came out. There was something about it that even to this day just makes me feel like every song is speaking directly to me. In terms of lyrics it’s quite a bit darker than their previous material and if you know anything about my music, you’ll probably see why I relate. 🙂

Aside from the album mentioned above, I’ve just recently been listening to their latest effort called “Forget And Not Slow Down.” It’s a mix of sounds and each song seems well thought out and unique in its own right. However, the title track caught my ear right away and I have a video below that includes the music and the lyrics so you can follow along. Specifically what I focus on is the depth of the lyrics. For a band that has the “pop punk” sort of sound it is rare to find lyrics that are this well thought out. At first you might be bobbing your head and tapping your foot along to the beat, but take a moment to really soak up the lyrics and I think you’ll appreciate the message here. The theme of this song is something that’s been on my mind lately while I try to stay more in the present instead of dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. I hope you enjoy this one and make sure to check out the rest of the album as well.

Music Monday – Red Wanting Blue

It’s time for week 2 of my Music Monday series here on the blog. Red Wanting Blue is a band out of Ohio who has been touring the country almost non-stop for more than 10 years. I actually “discovered” them through a friend of mine, Nick Motil, who is a singer-songwriter and Ohio native himself and has opened for a few of their shows. Recently I’ve been listening to their latest album “These Magnificent Miles” and I find myself hitting the repeat button over and over again. Truly a great album with every single track being a memorable one. Not only is the album great, but a little while back I saw them live in Ames, IA. I was impressed by not only the live performance, but also the obvious passion they have for sharing their music. But enough rambling from me, let’s get to the music. Below is a video for one of my favorite tracks, “Where You Wanna Go.” They also have tons of live performance footage on Youtube so be sure to check that out as well.

Music Monday is here

Recently I’ve come to the conclusion that I need more content on my website. Not only more relating to my music and those endeavors, but more sharing of content in general would be a good thing. On twitter they have a hashtag for what they call “music monday.” For those who don’t understand twitter lingo it looks like this (#musicmonday) and it’s a way for you to tag one of your posts on twitter so that anyone can search that same tag. It works great for events so you can follow along with the conversation. A great example would be the #superbowl when many people are watching the same thing and can participate on twitter by following that tag.

In terms of the #musicmonday hashtag I can share a link on twitter of some music I like and add that specific tag at the end of the post. Then anyone who searches that tag will find my tweet as well as a multitude of other tweets from people who have done the same thing. Pretty cool, actually. However, since not everyone uses twitter I thought it would be cool to post my own “music monday” of sorts on my own site. I constantly find videos on youtube or new music in general that I would like to share with anyone and everyone. So as part of my blog on this site, I’ll share the music and videos here. This is week one, and I hope you enjoy it!

Starting off week one is City and Colour covering “Old Man” by Neil Young. For some of you (myself included) Neil Young is a little before our time, but he’s quite a legend in the songwriting world. And if you don’t know City and Colour, check them out as well. Specifically in this video I’m drawn not only to the voices, but the acoustic guitar tone and recording sounds spectacular. Great stuff!