Michael's Music Monday Review, Vol. 12

I'm sure you're well aware of the fact that it is the fourth week of November and have noticed the shifting in color palates.  With Thanksgiving just three short days away and Christmas right around the corner (though in some aspects, it got here before Thanksgiving did [$$$]) we'll be shifting from orange, brown, and green to red, green, and white.  With that established, I wanted to take the opportunity to express musical subjects I am thankful (since it's that time to think about that type of thing, right?) for and introduce a new color to your musical palate for your Black Friday adventures.  It may help you remain calm amongst the swarms of people, should you venture out of your house.

1. Spotify.  I've asked myself probably three times in the last two weeks where I'd be without Spotify.  I downloaded the program about two months ago and it has undoubtedly changed my taste and selection in music.  With virtually unlimited music selection, you can stream essentially anything your heart desires - Beethoven's symphonies (the finale to his ninth is being played right now), Kayne and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne, and Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" are just a sampling of all that is available with Spotify's streaming.  Best feature of all?  Whatever you listen to through Spotify is posted on your Facebook profile for your friends and family to see.  What more could you ask for?

2.  iPod.  No explanation necessary.

3.  John Mayer's album Where the Light Is.  The album is broken into three parts, as it was recorded live, starting with a five song acoustic set of John Mayer himself.  Highlights include "Daughters" and a cover of "Free Fallin'" (I hate this song and think it's absolutely overrated.  I only listed it as a highlight because most people would recognize it and don't feel the same as I towards it).  The second set, my personal favorite as a whole, is the John Mayer Trio.  The eight song set is clutch and exhibits more of Mayer's skill on the strings.  If you like blues or jazz, look into it.  Featured is the instrumental brilliance of John Mayer (guitar), Pino Palladino (bass), and Steve Jordan (drums).  Closing out the album is John Mayer's band.  If you've listened to his radio hits, this group is responsible for their success.  Highlights include "Waiting on the World to Change," "Gravity," and my personal favorite "I Don't Trust Myself with Loving You" (if you've heard this studio but not live, change this immediately).  In general, the album emits a blue-green, with hints of purple.  Hope that's a new color palate for your musical tastes...

Until next week



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