This last year and a half has been a whirlwind for me, personally, professionally and physically as well. All good things.
Most of you that know me, know that I participated in the 108 Weight Loss Challenge last Sox off-season and I kept it going all summer. I’m still a massive work in progress but the results are showing more and more everyday .
Most of my days I’m up at 6am to get a workout in before work, and honestly it’s therapeutic for me, the only thing that matters is my heartbeat, the rhythm of my steps and the music in my AirPods.
The music, man the music matters. I grew up in a house where music was celebrated and appreciated. But the last year and half has made me fall in love with music all over again. Here are 4 artists that I’ve fallen in love with during my journey and the albums from them I love.
The Story So Far: What You Don’t See
The first time I saw TSSF was opening for New Found Glory on the Pop Punks Not Dead Tour and I always kind of slept on them because the other band that opened for NFG was The Wonder Years and they completely overshadowed TSSF at the particular shows that I attended, but hearing Parker Cannons words and vocals every morning were actually a godsend for me.
Favorite Track: Empty Space
Knuckle Puck: The Weight That You Buried EP:
Knuckle Puck is a band from the same scene as TSSF, the vocals on this 2013 EP are so raw and emotional, it made me feel like I was 24 years old again, that first real relationship, where you thought the world was over when she left. But you know just what to say to her to hurt her again.
Favorite Track: No Good
Neck Deep: Rain in July
I spend entirely way too much time on Tik Tok and the algorithm has definitely worked, I get food videos, sopranos clips plus size girls and pop punk videos and I never really listened to Neck Deep until I heard A Part of Me on a Tik Tok and I immediately went to Apple Music and added the Rain in July EP, it’s all very similar to TSSF and Knuckle Puck, but A Part of Me, is brilliant
Favorite Track: A Part of Me
Taylor Swift: 1989
Ok so this is really, really hard for me to write, I’ve already come out as a new Swiftie on twitter and to my friends, but consider this my love letter to Taylor. 1989 is fucking brilliant, it’s filled with fucking beautifully written songs, that make you feel good, and alive and the whole spectrum of emotions. My journey into Swifthood has been a long and strange trip. My friend Ashley swore she wrote amazing songs, I argued with her constantly, My love of Kanye blinded me, it told me she was not a victim, she benefited from Kanye’s VMA outburst and she didn’t deserve the accolades. I was wrong 1989 is one of my favorite albums I’ve ever heard. 1989 came into my life at a perfect time, and I’m absolutely grateful for it. I can’t wait for Reputation (Taylor’s Version)
Favorite Songs: New Romantics and Now That We Don’t Talk