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Cover It Up

Making your own version of a well-known song can be somewhat challenging. It’s going to be compared to the original and it usually won’t be as good. I say usually, because there has been covers that are better than the original. These covers below are all spectacular. Each of these artists make the song their own, adding their own twists. I hope these get your weekend off to a wonderful start.

Jeffrey James – Rumor Has It (original: Adele)

Harper Blynn – Halo (original: Beyonce)

The Honey Trees – Moon River(original: Andy Williams)

The Rocket Summer – Maps (original: Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

Lisa Mitchell – Romeo and Juliet (original: Dire Straits)


Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer

I often talk about artists that inspire me and many others around the world. Artists who can change your life with their music and get you through the darkest days. For many years now, that one artist for me has been Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer. Bryce Avary has an incredible talent that touches so many peoples lives. When I think about the dark days in my life and how I got through them, his music comes to mind.

Last year, I went to his show in Chicago and had one of the best nights of my life. While I was standing in the venue listening to him sing his heart out, moments of my life flashed through my mind; breakups that I’ve been through, people that have passed away, times when I thought I wouldn’t be able to face the next day. It was his music that made me want to continue hanging on.

Sometimes you wish you could switch places with someone else or go back in time and re-do the past, however it’s not a possibility. We are all on this earth to live out the lives that were given to us one day at a time. Most days we all need a little help in reminding us just how precious life is and for me, that help comes from music. Not just any music, but the kind that makes us believe that anything is possible. Bryce Avary creates the music that keeps me going forward and will always be one of the most inspirational artists I will have the privilege of listening to.


Yesterday, someone brought up the fact that some of the bands I have featured have since broken up. The way they stated it was as if they was asking , “Why are you featuring bands that aren’t even around anymore?” I’d like everyone reading this to know that even if a band parts ways, that does not mean their music becomes less great. The wonderful thing about music is that it sticks around for years and years. Some of the best music to this day comes from bands that are not around anymore, (To name a few: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel).

Another unfortunate reality that often presents itself in the music world is premature death. A few of the legends who left us too early are John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, and Bradley Nowell. To this day, we all still listen and appreciate their work.

The purpose of this post is to let everyone know that no matter what the case (death or break up), the band or artists music will remain in our hearts forever.

Farewell to The Fireship and You, Me, and Everyone We Know. Your sounds will always matter.

Dear Musicians

Tonight, I got to thinking about all of the bands I’ve had the privilege of interviewing on this site so far. For so long I’ve thought about being able to surround myself in music and now that I’m doing it, I feel complete. Some people have a stigma about what they think most musicians are like; they’re complete douchebags or all they care about is making money or adding more notches to their bedposts. Maybe some are like that, but I have yet to come across one. Every artist that I’ve spoken to has inspired me in some way or another. The reason I’ve featured them is because their music has caught my attention. I wanted to make this post more of a thank you letter to every musician I’ve come across so far and maybe in some way, people’s assumptions about musicians will change. So, here it goes.

I cannot thank you enough. I know all you did was either answer a few of my boring questions or recorded yourself singing one of your songs, but to me it’s much more than that. Your music has made me the person I am today. Here comes the mushy part. My life has been a complete rollercoaster, having way more drops than one ride should have. If it weren’t for your songs, I may not be here today. Through all of the heartbreaks, your music healed the broken parts. Through the deaths, your music brought me back to life. You are what makes the world go around. From the bottom of my heart, I am so appreciative for your courage to write down your emotions for all the world to see.

Your music will always put a smile on my face.



All I’ve Ever Needed

Tonight, I got to thinking about the joys of music. The way it can bring people together, mend a broken heart, heal a broken soul. I’ve always tried to imagine the feeling an artist gets when hearing a crowd singalong to their songs, or someone telling them how their song inspired them. I imagine that it’s one of the best feelings in the world.

Personally, there are songs that have gotten me through the toughest times. When my father passed, the one song that made me feel as if everything was going to be okay was, “Swim” by Jack’s Mannequin. I remember listening  to the song on repeat and feeling as if the song was written to get me through one of the hardest things anyone should ever have to go through.

“I swim for brighter days, despite the absence of sun.”

At that moment in my life, I didn’t know when it would get better, but when I listened to that song, I knew, one day, it would.

With all of the terrible things that go on in this world, we all need music to get us through. I feel as if music can fix things. Bring peace to the wounded.

Some of the musicians I adore, in my opinion, were put on this earth to play music. They are here to help guide people through the obstacles of life. I will always be filled with amazement at how one song can turn a bad day into a good one.

Music is a necessity. I would never want to live without it and I wouldn’t want anyone else to either. If you’re ever having the kind of day that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy, take a few minutes and turn on your favorite song. It will not only take your mind off of the things that have gone wrong, but it will give you the positivity you need in order to keep going.

I’m not going to give any particular names, but I would like to say thank you to the artists who have made a difference in my life. You’ve made such a difference in my life.

We all need a little push sometimes. Let the music keep you moving.

The Cost of Music

This morning I got to thinking, what makes an artist successful these days? Is it their talent? Their creativity? Is it just their overall presence that attracts people? For example, Chris Brown. This past week he released his brand new album and appeared on Good Morning America. Apparently, questions were asked that he did not care to talk about and afterward he threw a fit in his dressing room, destroying everything. That incident made his CD rise on the charts. What ever happened to being graceful in the music community? What ever happened to talent being the requirement to reach the top of the charts? It seems like these days all you really have to do is make a scene and you’ll have a number one record.

The music should be the only thing getting the attention. You shouldn’t have to embarrass yourself for all the public to see in order for your music to be heard.

“Where words fail, music speaks.”


With all of the tragedies that are happening in the world today, with the most recent one in Japan, we all need to be thankful and appreciate others. What better way to embrace this tragedy with a perfect song by the late John Lennon.

May you all have peace in your lives and love one another.

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