In Tune: Silence

New In Tune LogoFor this week’s edition of In Tune, I am slowly edging my way into the pop corner of music- but not there yet. Though I am mostly a pop music listener, I’ve been trying to discover new types of music, new artists, and songs that stand out in so many different ways. See, for most of my life I’ve been solely exposed to local radio stations that play pop and nothing but. Now that music streaming has taken over the world (and my life), I’ve been able to broaden my music taste into so much more: from piano melodies to Ed Sheeran‘s Supermarket Flowers. 

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In Tune: To Be Human

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Good morning! I’ve been pushing myself not to include any true pop songs in In Tune yet- and I haven’t – but today I chose a song by a very familiar pop artist: Sia. I love listening to Sia’s songs. She has a very distinct, but beautiful, tone of voice. From many of her songs that have become hits, she’s sung several types of music- from the heartfelt Alive to the upbeat, summer hit Cheap Thrills, both from her This is Acting album.

For this week’s In Tune series, I instead chose a song from a soundtrack. I came across this song not from the radio, nor from watching the movie. I was browsing through Apple Music, and it was recommended “For You”. Well, it certainly was- I immediately loved it.

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In Tune: I’m Forrest… Forrest Gump

InTuneAs you could probably tell from my Kiss the Rain ‘In Tune’ edition, I love piano melodies, and this week’s In Tune feature is also one.

While on my Cross Country trip, I listened to a lot of pop music. But, as with everything, some things started to wear out, and especially on the train for long periods of time, sometimes, you just need some calming, relaxing music to refocus you on the trip and the landscapes just outside the window. If you want to read more about and see pictures from my cross country trip, I’ve grouped many posts into the ‘Traveling Beyond’ category.

Though I didn’t exactly listen to this particular song while on the train, I quickly downloaded it from Apple Music when I got home, having recently started watching the movie. Please click “Continue Reading” to read more about this week’s In Tune feature.

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In Tune: If Only You Would Listen

InTuneHi there! Welcome to another episode of In Tune. Especially in these past few editions, I’ve tried to considerably diversify the song featured, and this week is no different.

Back in April, I took a field trip to NYC with my school, and we saw School Of Rock. It. Was. AWESOME. I was astounded by what was taking place right before my eyes. I’m definitely going to see another Broadway show in the future.

And, along with the acting, the music was phenomenal too. So much, in fact, that I downloaded the soundtrack the next day from Apple Music. Every song on the album was great, but there was one song that really caught my attention.

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In Tune: Supermarket Flowers

InTuneGood morning, and welcome to the inaugural edition of In Tune. Funny story: About a day after the announcement post that featured a Yiruma song was published, my family started a 3-month trial to Apple Music, and… we love it. I love being able to download any song, create playlists of my own, and the radio stations are still great. So, from now on, I’ll be taking songs from my Apple Music listening. Just to let you know. ☺️

In fact, when we started Apple Music, one of the first albums we downloaded was Divide by Ed Sheeran. I’ll agree: some songs, like Shape of You, have gotten old, and some contain a bit too much rap for my liking. However, there was one song that caught all of our attention:


Supermarket Flowers

Ed Sheeran, Divide

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Supermarket Flowers is far from the other tracks featured on his album: not ‘pop’, not ‘rap’. In fact, it didn’t even need a beat because the lyrics were what made the song so great.

The song tells about Ed’s love for his grandmother (not a traditional love song!), and it is so touching. The lyrics “When God takes you back, he’ll say Hallelujah, you’re home.” created a personal, whispered “wow” moment that separates you from life, if only for a few seconds. The entire song gives you a sense of love and good feeling. It’s a song that if you listen to closely, you’ll be moved to tears.

I hope that this song, however unlikely, will go on to be Ed Sheeran’s next hit. It needs to be listened to. And you should hear it too, through your chosen music service, or visit this YouTube link for the official audio: Supermarket Flowers – Ed Sheeran

Thanks so much for reading- another edition releases in two weeks!

Gabe

In Tune | An Introduction

InTuneAlong with books and blogging, music is something that truly defines me. For many years, I have played both the piano and the viola, and I still do to this date.

Not only that, I love listening to music. For me, I often use Pandora, though I’ll admit I own a few Harry Potter soundtracks on iTunes myself. 😆 I may sound generic, but my favorite station to listen to is Today’s Hits Radio, though I also sometimes enjoy soulful music, like Birdy.

When I told this to my friends, they were surprised, but I listen to music as I fall asleep as well. My choice is Soothing Waters Radio, though it took a bit of refining (now it’s mostly piano melodies with flowing water backgrounds). In all, I love to surround myself with music, and that’s something I haven’t really highlighted on 12 and Beyond.

So welcome to In Tune, a new series where every other Tuesday (starting in May), I highlight a song that has moved me in a particular way. I’ll try to incorporate several genres of music, so that you aren’t just getting pop music. Though beware: there may be a Chainsmokers song here and there. 😝

One thing I often find myself doing is trying to listen in to and absorb the lyrics of songs- which have shocked me (unfortunately) with their true meaning. For our family, especially when we were younger, we mostly listen for the beat of the music, not the lyrics. So don’t be too critical with my song choices- I only listen to the aforementioned duo for their beat and not their name (😬) and the message behind their lyrics (😬).

I wrote this quite a while before you read this (here I go again with my tenses), so I decided to take the time and choose a song for this week as well. Just keep reading!

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