Author Archives: jadams270

The Closer I Get To You

Despite being aware of their existence and lengthy career, I can’t claim to be very familiar with most of the band Asia’s work.  While something that I intend to mend at some point in time, it’s not my focus here; rather, I want to discuss the fact that a chance encounter with their most recently released album, […]

In Defense of Love

Music is filled with a plethora of testaments to the enduring power of love, whether in the form of a specifically dedicated love song, a composition professing the fire of love in spite of hard circumstances, and many pieces that argue with the undervaluing of a certain love. “Who’s To Say” by Vanessa Carlton, a song […]

Branching Out and Moving Forward

Take a moment to recall what your life was like in 2003.  How different are things now, fourteen years later?  How has all that time changed who you are as a person and the things that you do? These are questions I’ve been turning over in my head with the release of Hopeless Romantic, Michelle Branch’s fourth […]

Nuclear Nostalgia

Reimagining a song can be a very volatile business, whether you’re doing it through covering, sampling, expanding, or even some combination of the three.  When people are very attached to a song or an artist, they can often take a reimagining of the original badly, and understandably so given the deep personal connections that one […]

“True” Fans

There’s a sort of plague that seems to exist in circles surrounding almost everything in the world that one could theoretically enjoy, where elitist factions try to define who has “earned” the right to be called a fan of it.  To say it exists more prominently in any one medium than another would probably be inaccurate (not […]

Domestic Bliss

If you listen to a lot of music, it’s likely that you have plenty of artists that you end up falling in love with and following with dedication.  But I find that there’s a specific kind of “favorite artist” that you start to listen to and they instantly click with you, whether through a perfect, poetic composition of […]

Ever Out of Touch

It’s been a handful of years since a friend introduced me to Emilie Autumn’s music and I first heard her album Enchant, but all this time later, I still find myself blown away by the power within her song “Ever.”  The soft, piano-driven piece is calm on its surface, but beneath the flowing strings and soothing vocals […]