28 03, 2020

Finding Love “In the Reading” with Kierstin Sieser

By |2020-03-28T08:07:38-04:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Album Review, Guest Author, Music Review|Tags: , , , , |

Sailors carry a shark’s tooth as a talisman against drowning. In a time when it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, singer-songwriter Kierstin Sieser’s solo album, Shark Tooth Moon, is a seven-song talisman for a journey through deep waters and dark forests. "They are love songs, really," she explains--though not always in a traditional sense. “I think songs are like spells or a subconscious humming—they have a power when you sing them,” Sieser explains. While songs she wrote with band Tiny Ocean were about alienation, these songs emphasize “being seen… being found.” It’s a view achieved through glimpses in mirrors and still reflecting ponds. The lead single, “In the Reading,” starts with a wish to connect. With the feel of a folk song as old as mountains, it spirals into a refrain of “we’re going down and we don’t know how to [...]

20 03, 2020

Finding meaning with Austin James’ “On Life & Love”

By |2020-03-20T06:19:00-04:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Guest Author, Music Review|Tags: , , , , , , |

“There are days... days spent wondering what makes life worth living.” Connecticut soul/folk/R&B fusion artist Austin James’ new song, “On Life & Love,” begins with guitar and soulful vocals resolving out of discord to ask this question. The song’s journey to release is a story of honesty and love finding a way. In times of trouble, it has special resonance. Its release includes being featured in an Abbott Global commercial--a placement that started with James’ efforts to manage his Type 1 diabetes. In January, James spoke and performed at an Abbott Global event where influencers shared their experiences with the FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitor, designed for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. The device has “completely altered the way I manage my health on the road,” he explains. His story and song so moved Abbott's team that they made [...]

19 08, 2019

Music Review: I Can Feel It by The National Parks @TheNatlParks

By |2019-11-14T06:34:03-05:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , , , |

Walter Here! I remember the first time hearing The National Parks. I believe it was "As We Ran" that Spotify had suggested. After I listened to it, I had to hear more and ended up spending the day listening to all their songs on repeat! Shortly after that I bought, The National Parks - Young CD and a shirt! We hope to catch you guys on tour during your next visit to Florida! We will be watching our Bandsintown notifications and your emails! Keep doing what you do best! Please visit and buy stuff from The National Parks Store! Music Review Greeting from Florida! Darlene here, listening to the national touring “The National Parks” “Young” (2013) is the EP where I first heard (TNP) perform “Anchor and Wind,” now being a favorite of mine and their half [...]

10 08, 2019

Music Review: A Decade In by Letters of Transit @LOT_Band

By |2019-08-10T19:01:00-04:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , , |

Walter here! During a visit to Facebook I received a notification from the Official Indie Music Bus Facebook group. It was a new music preview opportunity from Letters of Transit! They sent me the song "A Decade In". I gave it a quick listen and was immediately impressed! Letter of Transit - Theme and Variation with be available everywhere on August 29, 2019! Music Review Letters of Transit “A Decade In” from “Theme and Variation” Dear readers, Darlene here, to remind you not to judge a book by its cover.  “A Decade In,” is the latest song title by “Letters of Transit” and I urge you to steam open this envelope and listen, because, truly, a lot of energy will unfold.  I felt this song has an alternative-rock sound with a touch of grunge and a pinch [...]

5 08, 2019

Music Review: Stay by Ships Have Sailed @shipshavesailed

By |2019-08-05T05:30:05-04:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , |

Ships Have Sailed always seem to keep showing up on our radar. Winning awards, contests, being added to radio rotations and getting lots of positive reaction from fans. And because of this, we've decided it's time for a music review! During a recent Music Monday music sharing session for Ships Have Sailed, we featured 'Stay' and our engine chose to share interesting facts about the song. This information comes from the Spotify API and is available for all tracks. Interesting facts about 'Stay' The Tempo is approx: 108.013 Approx Key: G (also Fdouble sharp, Adouble flat) SOL Time Signature: 4 Has Good energy, Probably Danceable Music Review Photo credit: Gentle Giant Digital Darlene here, reviewing a song by another amazing award-winning band, “Ships Have Sailed.” Their latest song, “Stay,” makes me feel warm and fuzzy. [...]

28 07, 2019

Music Review: Living Your Life Like This by Major Moment @majormomentband

By |2019-07-28T14:27:52-04:00July 28th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , , , , |

photo by Anna Madsen Photography Darlene here, sharing my first impression of “Major Moment” and their latest song, “Living Your Life Like This.”  My first impression formed when Walt played samples of their music from their latest EP, “Sequel.”  My first reaction is, “Where have they been, under a rock?”  Ah, they are new.  Wow.  This 3 person band from Boston formed in 2017.  Their song, “May Leave Scars,” on their follow up EP, “Sequel” released in 2019, is listed as a Semi-Finalist for the 2018 International Songwriting Competition.  I won’t waste the reader’s time talking about what is readily available from their bio.  The “Major Moment” band offers quality sound and dedicated to promoting good will through music.  And, in turn, saving Rock n Roll.  I’m all in. I have repeatedly written that one of my [...]

20 07, 2019

Music Review: Settin’ Myself on Fire by Christina Taylor @ChristinaTMusic

By |2019-07-21T07:32:26-04:00July 20th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , |

Walter here, and I want to start off with a little story. Me and my wife have been listening to Christina Taylor's music for a few years now. In May of 2018, we had the opportunity to attend the Key West Songwriters Festival and saw Christina perform in an intimate and romantic musical environment. It was on an awesome sailboat at sunset just after a storm. There were about 25+ people aboard. Some of Christina's family were there and an entourage of musicians and songwriters and some very lucky fans. They performed for us while we enjoyed the ride and the amazing scenery! After the performances, there were complementary finger foods and drinks being served from the galley below. Fans and artists, we all hung out and chatted on the ride back. Everyone was so down to earth and [...]

13 07, 2019

Music Review: Hourglass by YYNOT @YYNOTband

By |2019-07-13T16:15:09-04:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , |

Hourglass Reviewers: Walter and Darlene Hargrave The “years go by like a flash.” There’s “only so many grains in the hourglass.”  Time is not limitless.  I won’t waste the reader’s time here comparing and contrasting YYNOT to those early sounds of Rush.  I’d rather savor this flavor.  YYNOT encased their original lyrics for “Hourglass” in a rhythm of such nostalgia, it makes me giddy.  YYNOT put in a timely amount of practice into making this song Peart-fect.  Stream it or go to their concert because this song is radio-rebellious five minutes in length. As you may have guessed, “Hourglass” is about time. If you read between the lines, it’s specifically about wasting time being unhappy by wishing, waiting and grasping.  There’s only so many grains of time and it trickles away unnoticed.  So, when inspiration and realization strike, [...]

6 07, 2019

Music Review: Co-Pilot by The Rose Monarch @TheRoseMonarch

By |2019-07-17T06:32:32-04:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , |

And now this Song Review: Co-Pilot by The Rose Monarch Reviewers: Walter and Darlene Hargrave Darlene: The Rose Monarch I’m just a fan, with no expertise in describing a musical composition, but I believe “The Rose Monarch” band meets that “New York” standard of excellence fans expect.  A true artist, Rose Gabrielli sings like the devil, beautifully in control of her voice, she will pull you in.  I’ve listened to all their soundtracks.  Many of their tunes are darkly lyrical with a hard rhythm.  I could listen to them all day.  Their most recent single release, “Co-Pilot,” sounds different, but fans, don’t be deceived. I interpreted the story as being a devotional love song, combining worshipful submission, sacrifice and inevitable loss. I also believe it’s a self-destructive way to live.  Another listener may interpret “Co-Pilot” with an [...]

4 07, 2019

Song Review: Hazardous by The Como Brothers @ComoBrosBand

By |2019-07-17T06:35:14-04:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Song Review: Hazardous from the album "Jam Theory" Songwriters: Matthew J. Como, Andrew P. Como Review by: Walter and Darlene Hargrave A song’s introduction can be so unique as to be identifiable in the first few notes.  A song that induces vivid imaginings is a form of magical musical art.  “Hazardous” is a serious composition that must have taken a lot of effort and should be appreciated for that alone.   It’s tenderly sung in sweet opposition to the explosions being described in and about the relationship, as if that mitigates the damage caused to at least one of the two star-crossed lovers before they broke up.  I would describe this song as belonging in the alternative-techno-pop genre, while remaining uniquely Como Bros. The introduction, a techno beat, transmits a pulse loud then fading.  I imagine it as an agent [...]