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Tape Deck Heart
June 1, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
I'm not one for introductions, but here goes a bit of obligatory self indulgence. My name is Nick. I was a business marketing major in college, which basically means I like learning how people think the way they do and what influences their decisions. This is ironic because I think I've spent most of my life, as most people have, trying to find out who they are.
My first true love in life was music. I then met my wife, but one never forgets their first love. That was my record collection. Music can express things that we are unable to, let us forget the things we want to, and even remember the things we might not want to. This is why I listen to such a wide variety of music. I can appreciate most forms of art in general. It's the flaws in punk music that have kept that style of music close to my heart. To create a piece of art, that in such a small span of time, is full of raw energy, honesty and is thought provoking to the listener that never ceases to amaze me.
I enjoy sharing music recommendations with friends and relatives. I think the power of music is something to be shared. There is so much out there that it's often difficult to keep up with or sift through. Luckily, my fellow readers, you have me to guide you to something new for your ears. The first musician I'm going to mention is Frank Turner. He has been putting out working class folk/rock music for years now. I don't like to trivialize musicians with simple comparisons, but for those who are unfamiliar with him, think a British Bruce Springsteen.
He largely sings about his personal love of music, lost loves, and growing into oneself. Nothing that other musicians haven't sang about, but he has a way of captivating his audience with his voice and choice of melodies. His new album Tape Deck Heart finds Frank backed with a full time band called The Sleeping Souls. His earlier albums were largely acoustic, I think the addition of the band allows him to flesh out his songs.
I like to leave my readers with a tune to listen to and get an idea of what my rambling has been about. Support your local musicians and artists. There's not a lot of money to be made in music. The best thing you can do for a musician is give them a thanks and some money to allow them to continue doing what you both enjoy.
The song is Tattoos, and is about being comfortable in your own skin. No matter how it's decorated.
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