The Voice Season 4, Week 1 Favorites

Hi there, friends! I’m so excited that The Voice is back becuase it gives me something to look forward to on Monday nights until The Bachelorette begins in a few months. Do you watch? I’m always super impressed with the talent and hearing some of the triumphant stories of overcoming obstacles to pursue dreams.  I usually end up downloading a bunch of songs on iTunes after the show, and this past Monday I was also pleasantly pleased with the performance the four coaches did to kick off the show, including the two newbies: Shakira and Usher. I do miss Cee-Lo (and his animals), though; he’s such a character!

Here are some of my favorite performances from the first week of blind auditions:

The one that gave me chills (for all the 90’s kids!):

The most surprising (this guy totally reminds me of Ashton Kutcher in this performance):

The no-brainer:

The most entertaining (their duo name is “Midas Whale” which they say came about when one asked the other if he wanted to start a duo and his reply was “might as well…” ha!):

Who are your favorites so far? What do you think of the new coaches?

Music Obsession: Citizen Cope

You may recognize a few Citizen Cope songs from radio, tv and commercials. Mumbles and I saw one of his shows at House of Blues Anaheim a few years ago and it was incredible — he has super passionate fans that love his music and he sounds amazing live.  Here are some of my favorite songs:

Son’s Gonna Rise
Bullet and a Target
Sideways
If There’s Love
Let the Drummer Kick

Music Obsessions: Moody Music

Here are some of my favorites for cloudy days and general crankiness…

  1. “Madness” by Muse
  2. “Concrete Wall” by Zee Avi
  3. “Secret” by The Pierces (discovered during an episode of Gossip Girl — also check out their song “Boring” which is similarly dark and sarcastic)
  4. “My Number” by Tegan & Sara
  5. “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble
  6. “Bullet & A Target” by Citizen Cope
  7. “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse
  8. “All I Want” by Susie Suh

Do you have a favorite song you listen to when your mood is a little darker than usual?