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A Journey of Music Discovery

I remember when I used to spend hours each day listening to new bands and discovering new music. I could probably credit that to not having much else to do in my small hometown. I also remember being the person my friends came to when looking for new music, but when approached last week, I barely had an answer to give.

Lately, in spite of living in a city filled to the brim with new music, I’ve been listening to the same couple of albums on repeat. While I absolutely adore those albums (1989 and Strange Desire if you were wondering), I know that I need to get myself back into the habit of searching and finding great new music.

I’ve decided to challenge myself to find at least one if not more new artist a week without any genre limits. I’ll be compiling my musical discoveries into a Spotify playlist (found below) as well as provide insights every once in a while here on Megan Rambles.

If anyone reading this has any suggestions of artists to check out, feel free to send them my way!

xo Megan

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What I’m Listening To: Mid-February Edition

Looking for new music? Here’s what I’ve been listening to on repeat lately to help me get through cloudy days!

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We Are The in Crowd- Weird Kids

This is the first new music the band has released since 2011, and I’m hooked. This band has grown immensely and their sound has matured well. It’s edgy, yet poppy, and I love it.

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Modern Baseball- You’re Gonna Miss It All

I can’t get this album out of my head. The songs are short and punchy, while providing a variety of songs for everyone. I’ve had this album on repeat since it came out.

Bayside- Cult

While I haven’t listened to this band in a while, when Cult was released I decided to check it out, and I don’t regret it. I feel as though Bayside went back to their roots, and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Brand New- Discography

My friends & I bought tickets to get see them this summer, and there’s an hour or so everyday that I decide I want to listen to nothing but Brand New.

Bleachers- “I Wanna Get Better”

For those that don’t know me, I’m a huge fan of the band Fun. so when Jack announced his new side project, I got really excited. What I love about this song is that it’s pop in it’s purest form: it’s catchy, will get stuck in your head, makes you want to dance, and will leave you feeling happy.

Front Porch Step- Aware

I went to the Acoustic Basement Tour last week, and Front Porch Step really stuck out to me. He was nothing but honest with the crowd in both spoken words and his music. To me, songwriting should be emotion-filled and raw, and he really captures that.

What are you listening to these days?

Sometimes A Perfect Album Comes Along

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It will be the album you turn to when you’ve had a bad day (or it’s raining outside).

It’s going to be the one that teaches you about life and growing up.

That album will be what reminds you you’re not alone.

You’ll put this album on every time you’re in the car with your friends in hopes that they can relate to it and love it as much as you (even though they probably won’t).

It will show you the power of music as it overtakes your emotions.

That album will be unlike anything you’ve ever heard (even if it sounds just like some other band’s album).

If you have a record player, you’ll buy this album on vinyl because you want to hear it sound so pure and imperfect at the same time.

It’ll be the album that you’ll never be able to explain why you love it so much because no one else will understand.

When you find it, don’t take it for granted because there will come a time where the themes aren’t relevant to you any more, and it will be nothing more than something you play every once in a while for nostalgia’s sake.

I pity those who don’t have an album like this because there’s nothing better.

Change Is Good & It’s Not Optional

Almost exactly three years ago, I was gifted a Nikon D3100 for Christmas. In the past three years it has seen an incredible amount of moments. It captured memories that will live in high school yearbooks and social media for years to come. It has also helped me find a passion that has led me to where I am today. Even if I had to, I couldn’t tell you how many thousands of pictures have been taken on that very camera.

I’ve done a lot of growing since 2010, and after looking at my Flickr account, I started thinking that my concert photography has come a long way. The very first show I shot after I got my new camera was for my friends in My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure at a church basement in Pittsburgh. This picture was one of my favorites for a long time. I thought I was so artsy and cool with the backlighting/shadows/classic Megan tilt. Looking at it now, I realize how much I just wasn’t trying. I was pointing and shooting without really thinking about the lighting or composition.

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Fast forward three years, and I’ve been given the opportunity to shoot a lot more shows than I ever thought possible. Ever since I started, I’ve loved concert photography. When I first started, most shows I shot were with My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure like the ones above. With their (and a few other bands) encouragement, I decided to take it further and start working with publications. Once I moved down to Nashville, I knew that it was something I wanted to do a lot more, and that’s exactly what I did.

By the time I started shooting for others, I knew I needed to learn more. I started working on shooting in manual mode so that I had complete control over every picture I was taking. I started looking to other photographers for inspiration. I did my homework and started working my hardest to keep getting better and better.

This past year I’ve gotten the opportunity to take pictures of some incredible artists, including a few that I’ve listened to for years. When I saw this picture of The Dangerous Summer, I saw how different my photos were. I’m not sure if anyone else would see a huge difference, but to me it’s really signified how much I let myself change in order to get better.

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For me, the moral of all of this is that change is good, and I don’t just mean my photography. Growing up, as scary as it is sometimes, is an incredible journey. I’ve spent the last year and a half in Nashville really searching for myself. I don’t think that I’ve completely found myself, but I really do believe I’m getting closer. I’ve learned a lot about who I am, what I stand for, who my true friends are, and what I’m capable of. I’ve discovered what in my life I absolutely love and what I’m still kind of iffy about. But what I’m most excited about everything is that this is just the beginning. There’s so much more life that is going to happen, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic that’s what I have to look forward to. I know that the road of life isn’t perfect, but it’s the only life that I have. I plan on making the most of it by following my heart and doing what I love.

 

xoxo Megan