Moon River

For the past month I’ve sort a little bit occasionally been trying to pick up guitar and started posting some of my songs. They’re all really, really basic but it’s so much fun to actually be able to play these pieces of music that I sing all the time. ❤ This is me singing/playing Moon River if you want to check it out!

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Kongos and Kars

So there might’ve been a time when I sorta kinda tried to structure The Zebu around days of the week; Mondays for Music, Tuesdays for Travel, Thursdays for Art (sorry to break the alliteration), Fridays for Final Thoughts and Wednesdays were always kind of up in the air (my feelings on Wednesdays).

But I figure this format is not in fact true to myself because, as we know, a college student’s life has no structure. Unless you  count haphazardly scheduling meals and naps between classes as a structure.

I’ve had this song rattling around in my head for a while and I felt like sharing with the masses. The good news is I finally got it out of my head! The bad news is it’s been replaced by the 1-8-7-7 Kars 4 Kids song on loop, which is decidedly worse. Anyways, this band has become my new obsession and I would definitely recommend checking them out. 🙂

‘I’m Only Joking’ and ‘Escape’ are favorites too.

Sidenote: I was listening before ESPN! #hipsterstatus

Pentatonix

So we’re just going to abandon all order and organization for this and the proceeding week and I’m gonna throw a video your way on a Friday morning. But so intense was its awesomeity that is needed to be shared! 🙂

Here’s the original song, which is pretty epic on its own:

Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye

It’s all over the radio at this point so I’m sure you’ve heard it, but still hasn’t had time to get old. 🙂

Anyways, while this is my song of the week contribution to you, I’ve got more to share. The work of one amazing a cappella group called Pentatonix. Apparently they won the third season of yet another generic singing competition called The Sing-Off, but I guess if they’re producing sound like this it might actually be worth checking out.

Here is their cover of the above song (fair warning: it’s pretty mind-blowingly intense 🙂 ). I’ve got mad respect for a cappella-ers, and these guys definitely know what they’re doing. Check it out:

Something Good Can Work

Musicality

I don’t know exactly what it is I like so much about this song. It’s just so fun, and optimistic! Upbeat enough to put you in a good mood (but stopping short of a pulse-pounding club song) and mellow enough to keep you relaxed (but not enough to leave you wallowing in pensiveness and pretentiousness, which often go hand-in-hand). This song belongs in a car on a long, winding highway over rolling prairies and an open window, your hand gliding along to the music. As written by my beloved Cameron Crowe in the criminally underrated Elizabethtown, “Some music just needs air.”

It’s ‘Something Good Can Work’ by Two Door Cinema Club, and I suggest downloading the whole album because it’s all good stuff, with a similar feel.

And I adore the singer’s voice. 🙂

Shy Boy

Aaaand  I’m back! Sorry about the brief disappearing act. You’d think being home for Christmas vacation would free up my time, not take up more. But the important thing is I have time now and intend on posting on schedule for the rest of the week. 🙂 So, to start things off, I have a song of the week for you.

So, I’m not exactly sure how to explain this song. It’s basically the epitome of bubble-gum pop delivered in one quarter English, three-quarters South Korean. And there’s a rap section! And even though it’s ridiculous and in another language, it’s addicting and absolutely adorable. So if any of the above doesn’t really sound like your style, you should probably skip this one…

Grizzly Man

Musicality

So I’ve officially survived my first semester of college. 🙂 Two finals-and-stress-filled weeks are over and my Christmas break has officially begun! And with all this new-found free time, I can start writing for The Zebu again!! Woot woot!

And I’d like to jump back in with another song for you! Beautiful, haunting, strange, magical; there’s no real way to categorize it, you just have to listen for yourself. I don’t know if this makes any sense, but the best way for me to describe the sound of this song is pure nature. It’s called Grizzlyman by Rockettothesky, the performing moniker of Norwegian artist Jenny Hval. Her music is breath-taking and more than a little crazy, but each piece holds a subtle power that grows on you overtime.