Ahhh, guess who is finally basking in the sought-after, warm, fuzzy feeling of post-finals contentment. Yup, that would be me. If I have an extra sort of spring in my step and an excessively gleeful grin perpetually plastered onto my face, well, you know why. Yes, the chains have been lifted and I’m finally free to frolick in what I hope will be an infinitely delightful summer. This will be my last “between semesters” sort of summer as I will be graduating next year if all goes to plan.
That’s a bit of an odd thing for me to wrap my mind around… graduating. I haven’t done the graduating process since I clicked my heels and bounded out of my high school, eager to get on with it and enter the world of post-secondary. This will be odd.
It’ll be even more odd because for the first time in, oh what will it be then… nineteen years or so… I won’t be pondering what classes to enroll in next semester. Cue the apprehension and mildly sweaty palms induced by finally having to grow up.
ANYWAY, as of lately I seem to be starting off my blog posts by trailing off on these off-topic rants about school. So I apologize. Let’s get to the good stuff, the stuff you came here for.
So today I wanted to put a spotlight on a new musical artist that I found, or rather my mom found for me. A few weeks ago after having watched his performance on SNL, she told me to listen to this song without watching the music video. She had me conjure up in my mind what this musician looked like solely based off of his voice. So I listened, and the sweet baritone sound of his voice at first had me fooled in believing he was this older, rugged man who had worked out in the endless fields of some Alabama farm. As I continued to listen, though, I realized there was more to him than just that. It was a sort of quality that exuded youth and aged wisdom all at once. He was younger than I had thought. Then I glanced at the video and sure enough, he was just a boy. That’s how I found out about the wonder that is George Ezra.
With only his debut album out, Wanted On Voyage, George Ezra has already captivated a large fan base with his unique bluesy sound. Drawing on inspiration from some of his idols such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, among other American folk and blues artists, Ezra stirred up an array of wonderfully soulful tracks.
If you’ve listened to George Ezra before, you’ll know he has a bit of an iconic deep voice. He actually mentioned before that he didn’t always sing this way. It was something he enjoyed hearing in other artists. “I liked the idea of singing with a big voice, so I tried it, and I could,” said Ezra in a 2014 interview with USA TODAY. Well thank goodness he tried, because I know I love it.
For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of listening to his new album, here are a few of my favorites:
Amazing, right ? Definitely a new artist to watch. I have a feeling he has a successful future ahead of him.
Well, that’s all for today. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.
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Hope your day is as lovely as you are.