Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from Music Sourced

Hey all,
Just a quick heart-warming holiday message from Jordan and I. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and a Merry Christmas. It has been a really enjoyable year for the two of us getting to write about and share the music that we love. Thanks for your support, comments, emails, and interest in what we are doing here.

It's been a slow month on the site due to the holiday season but we have a lot of plans in the near future. Stay tuned for our 2011 wrap-up and retrospective. In the meantime, here is a playlist with some of my favorite Christmas songs to keep the holiday spirit going. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Favorites by Jamen Elbert on Grooveshark

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Inside the Music with American Songwriter

To provide unparalleled inspiration to the masses of passionate music fans and songwriters alike.

Through insightful, everyday language, building the best media brand in the world covering the creation process and the stories behind the artists whose livelihood is “The Craft of Music.”

It's an unfortunate and exciting fact that I can't personally soak up enough music to stay expertly  informed on the ever changing landscape of the music industry. Every week I stumble across artists that just blow me away and I often find myself researching to find out how long I've been missing out on this artist that I just now can't get enough of. The upside of all this discovery is that my playlists are always fresh, my road trips are always entertaining, and I'm constantly re-inspired to share these sounds on this space. Music Sourced is my outlet, and I thank those who come here to discover new tunes.

I also like to use this site to share insights on other music sources. There are a lot of sites out there that I use for artist discovery and one that you all should take advantage of is American Songwriter. The singer / songwriter genre is one of my favorites and this is the single greatest source I have found that covers it. The American Songwriter staff loads this site with so much content that it's difficult to keep up. They do loads of album and concert reviews as well as artist spotlights. The feature that I enjoy most on the site is titled "Behind the Song" where they dig in to the meaning and inspiration behind famous radio hits and tell how the song came to form from a historical perspective. Think of it as a VH1 behind the music that is dedicated solely to one song. They also have a section titled "Technology" section that keeps the geek in me happily occupied.

For those of you who prefer listening over reading, they also record what they call "American Songwriter Sessions" where they invite artists in to perform in their office. They shoot and record great high quality video and sound and you will get introduced to some great songs. Check out the video below to see a songwriter session with The White Buffalo and his song "Wish It Was True". (Fun fact: Notice how many CD's are on the shelves on the back wall. I think it's fair to say these people know their music!!)

If you enjoyed the song, you can download it for free via NoiseTrade because American Songwriter released a sampler of their artist sessions as a free download. Some of my favorites were from Vetiver, HoneyHoney, Ben Sollee, Courtney Jane. My favorite song on the sampler is "Mississippi" by David Nail. You can preview and download the sampler using the widget below and check out American Songwriter's site! You can also download their iPad app or sign up for their magazine from the site.

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