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Artist: Andrew Belle

Song/Album: The Daylight

Date Released: February 28, 2012

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

How I heard it: I can’t remember how I found Andrew Belle. I’ve been listening to him since 2010. I think I found his stuff through the magic of social media. Facebook or Twitter. One of his artist friends tweeting about him probably. This is his newest release, and I like it a lot.

What I like: He has a interesting way of pronouncing his words, but not in a bad way. It keeps things fresh. Also, his music is understated.

What I don’t like: Sometimes it sounds like he is singing with a stuffy nose.


(not a) Celebrity Playlist

Itunes has this thing called Celebrity Playlists.  Basically, they give some one famous (who is usually promoting something) the chance to share a few of their favorite songs, and then a chance to say what they like about each one.

I’ve found some gems via Celebrity Playlist over the years.  For instance, Liz Phair introduced me to my favorite Stevie Wonder song “Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing”.    Also, Anna Paquin gave me Iron and Wine’s version of “Such Great Heights”.  These are two great songs that I would have never found if it weren’t for Celebrity Playlists.

I’m telling you all of this to get you ready for Travis’ (not a) Celebrity Playlist.  I made this specific playlist for a friend about 2 weeks ago and haven’t stop listening to it since.

Put on you seat belts friends.  I’m about to take you on a (random yet glorious) ride.  Here’s the playlist and my comments below.  Check them out.  Or else.

1. “Baby I’m Yours (feat. Irfane)” by BreakBot- Dave Barnes introduced me to this song.  Well, not personally, but in his video where he dances to it while dressed like Santa.  I’m not sure what it is, but it makes me want to dance.  Which I don’t really do, so instead I listen to these first few songs while I run.

2. “The Uncomfortable Truth” by Nneka- Dave (not Barnes), my Spring 2k10 cotern at Mocha Club, introduced me to Nneka.  We even went to her show.  She reminds me a lot of Lauryn Hill, and has a lot of passion for bringing awareness to Africa.  Both are good things in my book.

3. “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green- I tried not to like this song because the other variation used the f-word instead of “forget”.  I failed.  It’s so dang catchy. Also, it has some other expletives that aren’t really used, but are not really covered up. So if little ones are present or you don’t want to hear this yourself, just move right along.

4. “Heartbeat” by Nneeka- It’s different than pretty much anything I’ve heard in a while.  The 1st song I ever heard by her.

5. “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars- So.dang.catchy.

6. “My Life” by Robin Thicke- It’s from the Despicable Me Soundtrack.  Don’t judge, Pharrell put that whole thing together. I’ve still got street cred.  Anyway, this song reminds me of Michael Jackson a la “P.Y.T.” (which just so happens to be my favorite MJ song).  It sounds like life at it’s best–warm, happy, soulful.

7. “Tik Tok” by Ke$sha- Here’s the thing, my sister bought this song using my computer.  I thought about deleting it, but figured it might come in handy someday.  When I was making this playlist, I needed a filler song.  Enter Ke$ha.  I don’t actually like this song.  But sometimes it comes on when I’m running, and makes me mad.  And that makes me run more.

8. “Prettiest Girls” by Pharrell- Another Despicable Me song. Pharrell knows what he’s doing.

9. “I Hope This Gets to You” by The Daylights- The awesome video introduced me to this song.  The video was cool, but I loved the song.  The 2nd verse is my favorite part.

10. “Prisoner (Live from Charleston, SC 4/17/10) by Needtobreathe- One of my favorite bands.  They put on a killer show.

11. “So This is Goodbye (Pink Ganter Remix)” by William Fitzsimmons- I bought this song on accident, but ended up liking how the techno back beat mixed with Fitzsimmons whisper like singing.

12. “Quickfix” by The Daylights- Sometimes songs about breaking up and the ugliness of relationships can be beautiful.  Also, I like how simple it is.

13. “Better Than Love” by Griffin House- He is from Nashville and indie, so I automatically like him. Makes simple Singer/songwriter stuff with a tinge of country.  I hope to live this song someday.

14. “I See You” by Help-Portrait- If you don’t know what Help-Portrait is, you need to check it out.  This song is sung by Andy Davis. Another Nashville indie artist that I’ve enjoyed listening to for a couple of years.  Also, you can download this song for free at noisetrade.

15. “Not fire, not Ice” by Ben Harper- This was my sister’s wedding song, and makes up for her buying Ke$ha.

16. “Weapons” by The Daylights- Scary how well this song describes me.

17. “If You Would Come Back Home” by William Fitzsimmons- There’s a lot of pain and regret in this song, and I like it.  Probably my favorite song by the guy.

18. “In My Veins (feat. Erin McCarley)” by Andrew Belle- Another Nashville indie.  A good song, but there are a few I like more on his cd The Ladder.

19. “Warwick Avenue” by Duffy- This is random even for me. It comes on at work all of the time, and I like it for whatever reason.  Possibly because she refers to the subway as the tube at one point.

20. “I Kissed A Girl” by William Fitzsimmons- It makes me happy that he covered Katy Perry’s song.  Also, I don’t have a whole lot of hopes or dreams for my wedding, but I really hope I can persuade my bride to have this version played after we kiss at the alter.

21. “Don’t Really Know Me” by Snowden- This is just a random song I got from noisetrade.  I like it though.