Saturday, June 30, 2012

Maizy Music

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I was in choir from the time I was in third grade and all the way up to high school. I also spent some time in my parent's church choir. Rarely do I spend an entire day without music. I either listen to it in the car, while at the gym or just while I'm sitting at home writing this blog (currently playing: Good Life by OneRepublic ). My music collection is extremely eclectic. I have some newer rock like Breaking Benjamin, I have some older rock like The Beatles, I have some new country and some old. I even have a few soundtracks from movies, like Chicago, along with some American-Irish folk bands. I'm all over the place with my music. So, I decided that I should do a music post, and hopefully, if it works out I will continue to do music posts. The idea is that since I listen to most of my music during the weekend (while I'm in the car.. hence why this segment is called Maizy Music. Maizy is the name of my car.) I will pick a few songs that really stuck with me through the week end (or week, we'll see...) and post links to them on here. I will then explain why I like this song, assuming there is a reason. I am hoping that this will encourage me to listen to music I haven't considered before because my fear is that I will run out of "new songs" since I tend to listen to the same things over and over and over again. So, let's get started!

Some of you are probably familiar with this song. It's called Hallelujah and has many many singers that have done their own version. It was originally written by Leonard Cohen in 1984 to portray that "many hallelujahs exist) but, as music often does, it means different things to many different people. This particular version is by singer/songwriter Jason Manns, a gentleman you have probably never heard of it. I was introduced to him while watching a video of actor Jensen Ackles and Jensen sings one of Jason's songs. Jason's voice is very soothing to me and for whatever reason, possibly the same reason Cohen originally wrote this song, I really love it. I suppose it is a combination of the music itself and the words. I would agree with Cohen and his interpretation that there are many reasons for rejoicing, or saying "hallelujah" and they aren't always the typical "yay" moments.
Jason Manns' Hallelujah

Another song performed by Mr. Manns is Crazy Love. Typically when I find a new artist I latch on to them and listen to all their songs over and over and over again and Jason is no exception. Earlier I mentioned Jensen Ackles (he plays Dean Winchester on Supernatural, a show you should watch if you don't already, also, Jensen is from Richardson, TX which is about 15 minutes from where I live but I digress.. back to the music). Crazy Love is one of the songs he sings with Jason. Jason did not write this song, he is not the first to perform it but, again, I am now obsessed with him. Like most love songs, this song depicts what everyone wants their relationship to look like. Every women would love for a man to say this about her and actually mean it. I think, in a way, it is what a relationship looks like and it's a great way to remind yourself what your counterpart is looking to you for, comfort when it's needed, a sense of humor to brighten their day, someone to look forward to coming home to. Isn't that something we all want? 

Jason Mann and Jensen Ackles singing Crazy Love

Most likely my descriptions and explanations will get shorter as time goes on. You tell me. Do you like that I explain some of the songs history? Would you prefer to just Google it yourself if you want to know? I really would like to see this "segment" do well and for people to enjoy it, and the way that happens is for "the people" to tell me what they like/don't like. They won't all be "artist themed" I will mix it up and have some rock and country in the same post, but these two songs have been stuck on repeat in my head for DAYS so I thought I would share them with you.

Well, that's my Southern Soapbox! I hope you liked it. If you didn't, let me know why or if there's something I should do differently. Perhaps as time goes on you can learn more about my life through music (that could get interesting... is there a song entitled "My Family Is Insane"? I'm sure there is...). Anywho, your feedback is much needed and appreciated!


  1. Maybe you could provide your opinion on what social commentary the song/artist is trying to make (if any).


  2. Keep the song history, I love it