Collecting Musical Bits: Indie/Pop/Rock/Country/Folk?

Updated on May 18, 2016

My Musical Choices this Week

I'm eclectic, or so I'm told, when it comes to my music choices (and just about anything else in life). They get pretty out there, and I remain oblivious to what "out there" really means. This week, I dove into some indie tunes. I do like to keep a rock twist to most of my music but a friend has informed me that some of my choices turned out more country than rock while others could be classified as pop. I'll keep them all in the indie group, because that many labels makes me dizzy... Keep your blinders on, we're going on a musical travel.

The Script (Pop/Rock)

"Breakeven" was like a revelation when I heard it for the first time, years ago. I don't know why I was surprised to find that The Script had a VEVO account, but I was. Also, I'm thrilled because they kept making music and now I get to go through all of it and find my new "favorite album. This is mostly due to "Six Degrees of Separation", and it was like discovering The Script for the fist time, all over again. I'm ashamed to say that I missed the release of this song.

It's not too late, though, because it appears that they are also still live on-stage. It's not hard to find recent material from them, but there are no tickets on Ticketmaster at the moment, either. My Pandora account got an entirely new station because of the Script, so I'm not complaining. It would be great to see them live, though...

Ron Pope (Pop/Rock)

Ron Pope was an entirely new find, so I have none of the mainstream clogging my own opinion on him. My favorite songs are rarely mainstream, but I have to say that I love "A Drop in the Ocean" something fierce. The piano combined with his amazing voice and connection with the music make him one of my new favorite artists.

Ron pope is another miss on the Ticketmaster chart. As summer approaches, I'm not losing hope that he will return to Chicago. This could be a great summer for music if he gets mixed into my options.

Anything you can find by Ron Pope has a different (but not entirely different) piano piece and new amazing lyrics. He's been added to my "sad" and "chill" playlists on the several music radio apps I've downloaded over the last month or two.

Keith Urban (Country/Pop/Rock)

I will always love Keith Urban. In love I fell, a long time ago. "My Better Half", at the time, seemed like the perfect description of love. To an extent, it still does but he has made so many other great songs since then.

The genre that Keith Urban falls into depends on the album, but I tend to gravitate towards his "rock" tunes. They're all country, but there is that sound that screams a little bit. Keith has always broken the boundaries of country, just a little bit, and in a good way.

His new album this year has me excited about maybe going to another country concert. I haven't been to one in at least a decade, but this one is going to be well worth it. If you search for him on Ticketmaster, there will be ticket. I'm not sure if his concerts still sell out like they used to, but it will be awesome even if he's just there singing to me and whoever I'm with.

Matt Nathanson (Folk/Rock)

A long time ago, I loved this song called "Come on Get Higher" and I couldn't get the lyrics out of my head. Now, I'm looking back at this artist further than just the one song I heard on the radio. It was on the radio daily, but I never heard anything else from Matt until a couple of months ago. I was pleasantly surprised, because I don't usually like "folky" music. Country, yes, but Matt didn't seem to fit in a "Folk" category to my ears for some reason. I'm choosing to hear the rock in his subtle, gentle tunes.

My new favorite song is, hands-down, "Adrenaline". Since "Come on Get Higher, he also has a song with Sugarland, and there is a "folksy" sound to some of his others. For the most part, though, his voice found a way through my ears anyways. It's always nice to find an artist outside the box. Matt Nathanson now holds my "#1 Favorite Folk Artist" (kind of) title. (Yes, I have others... but we're not talking about them.)


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