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  • Seeking Praise and Worship recommendations

    17 mars 2007, 18h09m

    Please recommend anything that you think I may enjoy or albums that you enjoy yourself. I'm pretty mellow and don't like most of the Christian Rock (I don't like the "rockish" Casting Crowns songs even) and Rap stuff (not really into rap). What I dislike about a lot of Christian music is when God or Jesus is not mentioned directly and it turns into a generic love song to You or Him. When I'm singing along and want people to know I'm singing about Jesus, you know.

    I'd appreciate any suggestions at all. :)

    Artists I like:

    The Blackwood Brothers (I own Rock of Ages)
    Casting Crowns (I own Lifesong and Casting Crowns)
    The Katinas (I own Lifestyle, Destiny, and The Katinas)
    Kuna Sepulveda
    Ray Boltz (I own Concert of a Lifetime).

    Individual songs I like:

    I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard
    You Are My King (Amazing Love) by Billy James Foote
    Shout To The Lord by Darlene Zschech
    I Sing Holy by Joel Engle
    Draw Me Close by Kelly Carpenter
    Above All by Lenny LaBlanc
    As The Deer by Martin Nystrom
    I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever by Martin Smith
    Go Tell by The Martins
    The Heart of Worship by Matt Redman
    Agnus Dei by Michael W. Smith
    Here I Am To Worship by Sonicflood
    God of Wonders by Third Day
    He Knows My Name (I Have A Maker) by Tommy Walker


    ~Keoni~


  • He rules my current musical existence

    23 jan. 2007, 22h37m

    Amos Lee



    Website
    MySpace
    Wikipedia
    Last.fm

    So I've recently fell in love with this guy.  I found him via Ray LaMontagne. He's very chill ... known in some circles as the "Male Norah Jones". If you listen to him you'll notice the similarites aside from the fact that they are both on Blue Note Records and Norah plays piano on some of his tracks.  I love the instrumentation of his music where it doesn't sound so produced.  He writes some pretty good lyrics and I just haven't been able to stop listening to him since I "got" his albums a week ago.  I think he's worth checking out if you like some chill music. He dominated my weekly chart last week and will again next week. My favorite songs include "The Wind", "Careless", "Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight", "Seen It All Before", "Arms of a Woman", "Sweet Pea", and "Long Line Of Pain". Great artist who you all should check out!


    Streaming by Blue Note:

    http://www.bluenote.com/amosleeplayer/

    Video:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x11a03_amos-lee-arms-of-a-woman
  • The silence is deafening

    26 déc. 2006, 11h03m

    Dude I haven't logged into Last.fm for almost a month. There are a ton of reasons as to why I've been MIA but I won't post them here. You can find that out by checking out my MySpace or just asking. haha

    For now ... I need to list the albums that I've purchased or received as gifts in the last month. I've gone through a musical revolution of sorts. My tastes in music have drastically changed for the better, I think.

    Al Green - The Belle Albums
    Bon Jovi - Cross Road
    Bread - The Best of Bread
    BRUCE SPRINSTEEN - Born To Run
    Daughtry - Daughtry
    Elvis Presley - Elvis: 30 #1 Hits
    Elvis Presley - Love Songs (Hallmark)
    Johnny Cash - Open Road
    Katharine McPhee - I Lost You/Dangerous Single
    The Katinas - Destiny
    The Katinas - Katinas
    The Katinas - Lifestyle: A Worship Experience
    Kellie Pickler - Small Town Girl
    Los Lonely Boys - Sacred
    Michael McDonald - Motown
    Michael McDonald - Motown II
    Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
    Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Couldn't Stand The Weather
    Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
    Sufjan Stevens - Songs for Christmas
    Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche: Outtakes & Extras from the Illinois Album
    Taylor Hicks - Taylor Hicks

    There's probably more but I can't remember them all at the moment. I've been on a CD buying frenzy.

    Those are all new albums that I got. Next are CD's that were stuck in my 21-disc CD changer. Took a hammer to it and now I got my CD's back! Hawaiian stuff dude. I've fallen in love with Fiji again. Born & Raised is one of the greatest local albums of all time.

    Amy Hanaiali'i Gillom - Hawaiian Tradition
    Cecilio & Kapono - Journey Through the Years
    Ehukai - Ehukai
    Fiji - Born & Raised
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - E Ala E
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Facing Future
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - In Dis Life
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Iz in Concert
    Ka'au Crater Boys - The Best of Ka'au Crater Boys
    Keali'i Reichel - E O Mai
    Na Leo Pilimehana - Colours
    Na Leo Pilimehana - Anthology I 1984-1996
    O'Brien Eselu - Ka 'Oi Ho'akoakoa 'Ia
    Pekelo - Going To Hana Maui
    Pure Heart - Pure Heart
    Robi Kahakalau - Keiki o ka 'Aina
  • Best of my Top 50

    7 nov. 2006, 23h31m

    Posting my favorite song of each of my Top 50 Last.fm artists.

    50) U2 - Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own

    49) 3 Doors Down - Here By Me

    48) Michael McDonald - What A Fool Believes

    47) Bucky Covington - Best I Ever Had

    46) Santana - Sideways featuring Citizen Cope

    45) Joss Stone - You Had Me

    44) Jasmine Trias - Silly Of Me

    43) Linkin Park - Numb

    42) Miranda Lambert - Greyhound Bound For Nowhere

    41) Malino - Second Chance

    40) Fiji - Stone Cold In Love

    39) 'Ekolu - Closer To Jesus

    38) Keane - She Has No Time

    37) KT Tunstall - Through The Dark

    36) Bo Bice - Vehicle

    35) Rage Against the Machine - Wake Up

    34) Kalapana - The Hurt

    33) Foo Fighters - Next Year

    32) Audioslave - Moth

    31) Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing

    30) Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Blessed

    29) Absent Element - Keep Me Close

    28) Joe Nichols - Size Matters

    27) Matchbox 20 - Leave

    26) The Faders - You Can't Stop Me

    25) The Black Mages - Zeromus (Final Fantasy IV

    24) Maroon 5 - Rag Doll

    23) Ekolu - Closer To Jesus

    22) Papa Roach - Decompression Period

    21) Jessica Harp - She'll Fly

    20) Anna Nalick - Wreck Of The Day

    19) KALAELOA - Dream Of You

    18) Keith Urban - Raining On Sunday

    17) Brad Paisley - She's Everything

    16) Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Kaleohano

    15) Rascal Flatts - I'm Movin' On

    14) Josh Turner - Your Man

    13) Jason Mraz - I'm Yours

    12) Jack Johnson - Better Together

    11) Toby Keith - Dream Walkin'

    10) Cecilio & Kapono - Home (And I'm Staying This Time)

    09) Elliott Yamin - If I Can Dream

    08) Chris Daughtry - Renegade

    07) Taylor Hicks - Living For The City

    06) Michelle Branch - Hotel Paper

    05) The Wreckers - Tennessee

    04) John Mayer Trio - Wait Until Tomorrow

    03) Carrie Underwood - The Night Before (Life Goes On)

    02) Katharine McPhee - Somewhere Over The Rainbow (on Idol)

    01) John Mayer - Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
  • A Sad Day

    2 nov. 2006, 15h26m

    Drove by Tower Records yesterday and saw a gigantic sign that reads "Out-Of-Business-Sale" and everything must go. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with their bankruptcy issues but I wouldn't be surprised. Plus, the Towers that I'm talking about is the one in Keeaumoku (near Ala Moana) and that was the place for music. I remember when I was a kid ... saving up my lunch money and catching the bus there to buy the latest Israel Kamakawiwo'ole or other Hawaiian music CD's. Nothing made me sadder ... until I actually went into the store. The mood was so ... dreary. The selection was bad (being as they're not restocking), some aisles were empty, and the customers were generally sad. I'm going to miss Towers. It was my place. Been a customer for ten years.


    On a brighter note ... got four CD's at 30% off. hehe

    Mr. A-Z
    The Ultimate Collection
    Live at the Wetlands
    Unclassified

    Michael McDonald was the spur-of-the-moment buy but it was the first I ripped and I'm enjoying it. Goodbye Towers!
  • Robert Randolph blew my little brain

    28 oct. 2006, 4h49m

    Note that this is pretty much a copy/paste entry from my MySpace blog so check that out for the full effect. I have Three songs available for listening on my page and on my blog.

    MySpace Blog

    Checked this album at the suggestion of my boy Dustin and it really did blow my mind. Listened to it while doing homework Wednesday night and the energy just kept the juices flowing. I almost got distracted from doing my work because I was just so excited about the music. My first impression of the songs were "Fun-Kay!". You don't hear much funk nowadays. It's Funk, R&B, and Soul all in one man. I tell you. This is one great album. I'm going to jot down the lyrics this weekend so I can sing along.

    Streaming music on the site right now is "Blessed". Below is a video of my favorite track "Homecoming".



    Robert Randolph & The Family Band
  • Top Ten Questionnaire

    17 oct. 2006, 11h06m

    Stolerizing from CastDownHeretic.

    1. John Mayer

    First Song Heard : No Such Thing
    All-Time Favourite : Comfortable
    Current Favourite : Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
    Last Played : Quiet

    2. Katharine McPhee

    First Song Heard : God Bless The Child
    All-Time Favourite : Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    Current Favourite : I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
    Last Played : I Have Nothing

    3. Carrie Underwood

    First Song Heard : Could've Been
    All-Time Favourite : The Night Before (Life Goes On)
    Current Favourite : The Night Before (Life Goes On)
    Last Played : The Night Before (Life Goes On)

    4. John Mayer Trio

    First Song Heard : Who Did You Think I Was (on Leno)
    All-Time Favourite : Another Kind Of Green
    Current Favourite : Gravity
    Last Played : Try!

    5. The Wreckers

    First Song Heard : Cigarettes (here in HI)
    All-Time Favourite : Tennessee
    Current Favourite : Leave The Pieces (Sessions @ AOL)
    Last Played : Cigarettes

    6. Taylor Hicks

    First Song Heard : Levon
    All-Time Favourite : Try A Little Tenderness
    Current Favourite : You Send Me
    Last Played : Soul Thing

    7. Michelle Branch

    First Song Heard : Everywhere
    All-Time Favourite : Desperately
    Current Favourite : 'Til I Get Over You
    Last Played : Hold My Heart

    8. Chris Daughtry

    First Song Heard : Wanted Dead Or Alive
    All-Time Favourite : Renegade
    Current Favourite : I Walk The Line
    Last Played : Renegade

    9. Elliott Yamin

    First Song Heard : If You Really Love Me
    All-Time Favourite : If I Can Dream
    Current Favourite : If I Can Dream
    Last Played : A Song For You

    10. Toby Keith

    First Song Heard : As Good As I Once Was (approximately)
    All-Time Favourite : Just The Guy To Do It
    Current Favourite : Dream Walkin'
    Last Played : A Little Too Late


    Dope.
  • Guess Dat Song ('Elua Edition)

    13 oct. 2006, 5h06m

    Lyric Guessing Game

    01) Just like a rescue of a stray dog in the rain I was hungry when you found me.

    Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye - Audioslave


    02) I'm changing lanes and talkin' on the phone drivin' way too fast.

    Days Go By - Keith Urban


    03) A decade ago, I never thought I would be at twenty three, on the verge of spontaneous combustion. Woe-is-me.

    Pardon Me - Incubus


    04) You can dance every dance with the guy who gives you the eye, let him hold you tight.

    Save The Last Dance For Me - Michael Buble


    05) She don't run from the sun no more. She boxed her shadow and she won.

    06) We came here to rock this jam. To spread his love is the master plan.

    Rock The Party (Off The Hook) - P.O.D.


    07) After years of expensive education, a car full of books and anticipation.

    Twentysomething - Jamie Cullum


    08) I've been traveling all these years, just barely getting by. The road can be your friend or the devil in disguise.

    09) Sometimes, I imagine the world without you. But most times, I'm just so happy that I ever found you

    I'm Feelin' You - Santana


    10) I will not make the same mistakes that you did. I will not let myself cause my heart so much misery.

    Because Of You - Kelly Clarkson


    11) It's been a long and winding journey but I'm finally here tonight.

    Angels Brought Me Here - Carrie Underwood


    12) Darlin', it seems like the whole world's just turnin' so fast. Everything's changin' and we're just tryin' to keep up.

    13) Can you see. There's a feeling that's come over me. Close me eyes. You're the only one that leaves me completely breathless.

    You Set Me Free - Michelle Branch


    14) She's a yellow pair of running shoes and a holey pair of jeans. She looks great in cheap sunglasses she looks great in anything

    She's Everything - Brad Paisley


    15) We were in love before. But now it's so much more.

    16) Old pirates, yes, they rob I. Sold I to the merchant ships. Minutes after they took I from the bottomless pit.

    Redemption Song - Bob Marley


    17) Who's to say what's impossible. Well they forgot this world keeps spinning. And with each new day I can feel a change in everything.

    Upside Down - Jack Johnson


    18) Memories are just where you laid them. Drag the waters 'til the depths give up their dead.

    Hemmorhage - Fuel


    19) A court is in session a verdict is in. No appeal on the docket todayust my own sin.

    My Own Prison - Creed


    20) No, I'm not colorblind I know the world is black and white. I try to keep an open mind but I just can't sleep on this tonight.

    Stop This Train - John Mayer




    Remaining Artists:

    Anna Nalick
    Josh Turner
    Los Lonely Boys
    Taylor Hicks
  • My 20,000th Track

    3 oct. 2006, 4h03m

    Was thinking about what track to honor as my 20,000th scrobbled track. I figured that I'd make it simple. My favorite song of all time ... even though its not even near my Top 50 Tracks chart. It's an Eric Clapton cover and I much prefer this to the original. But I may be biased because of where I live. Download it and check it out. I wouldn't recommend this for nothing.

    Wonderful Tonight by Simplisity
    Link

    Go me!

  • The inevitable has occured

    26 sept. 2006, 4h30m

    My favorite artist, John Mayer has finally claimed his rightful place at #1 on my charts. My obsession with Katharine McPhee and Carrie Underwood couldn't hold him off. You can credit the release of Continuum which has totaled John 623 plays in the last two Last.fm weeks. Holy crap is right.

    Last.fm said that Kat was #1 and Carrie was #2 but John has always been #1. I think he is the most talented artist of our generation dude. Seriously. Continuum is a truly amazing album which I definitely recommend to anyone reading this. I have my favorites but the amazing thing is that every song is a favorite to someone. Meaning that it's an album full of great music. I'm Gonna Find Another You has already cracked my Top 50 Tracks list (35th place with 64 spins). I'm sure other songs from the album will make the Top 50 very soon. I won't be surprised if John reaches 2500 before Kat or Carrie reach 2000 (Kat is currently at 1900 and Carrie at 1704). I truly am obsessed with the Mayer.

    I mentioned that my Last.fm Top 10 doesn't truly represent my Top 10. I don't have a Top 10 because I couldn't decide on it but I do have a Top 5 list. lol

    5) Katharine McPhee
    4) Michelle Branch/The Wreckers
    3) Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
    2) Carrie Underwood
    1) John Mayer/John Mayer Trio


    Word.