Carey Murdock – Why should you be listening to him…

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“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” – Jimi Hendrix

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato

With the release of his second album, Shot in the Dark, Carey Murdock has defined himself as a singer/songwriter with a voice and a message. This Augusta, Georgia native, now a proud member of the Nashville family first gave the music scene a taste of his deep soulful voice with Baby Don’t Look Down

With his vocals that resonate throughout the bar and youthful looks, he is reminiscent of Jonny Lang whose Minnesota blues sound set him apart at a very young age. The new album provides harmonies and chords that remind us of the early years of Bruce Springsteen.

During his set in Charleston, South Carolina on January 24, 2013 launching the North American CD release tour, he burst immediately into a high powered set of rock anthems, brought it down a notch and ended the set with some true southern blues.

After spending time in Europe touring and countless hours in the studio putting together this new album, Carey looked ready to bring his energy and songs to his fans back in America.

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Typically, you will catch him on stage with a button down shirt, vest and jeans or a sports jacket. His style is part of what sets his image, but his voice and lyrics are what keeps you coming back.

Personally, I feel his anthem Augusta is a defining song. It is a dedication to the town that bore him, raised him and inspired. As he described it, many of his friends do not speak fondly of Augusta but he “begs to differ.” As you listen closely to his personal and emotional ode to his hometown, you cannot help but feel yourself on the streets of this Georgia town.

As he sang this dedication, I began to think of the musical icons of my childhood and their tributes to hometown America including:

Smalltown – John Cougar Mellencamp
My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town – Pearl Jam
New York State of Mind – Billy Joel

At the end of the day, no matter where you travel and how many miles you track, home is always right there safe in your heart. Carey took the time to remind us of that.

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In a day and age where singer/songwriters get lost in the shadows, struggling to make a name and an audience, a rare few inspire us with lyrics from the soul and a sound send from high above. Carey Murdock is a visionary musician blessed with incredible musical talent, a voice with deep definition and poetry running from his veins.

If you have not had an opportunity to catch one of his sets, it is a treat. He will have you cheering and smiling all the way through.

CAREY MURDOCK OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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Happy Birthday Cat Stevens…Thank you for inspiring us with your words of peace and love

“I’ve been crying lately
Thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating?
Why can’t we live in bliss?”

Peace Train – Cat Stevens

On this, the 63rd anniversary of the birth of Cat Stevens, we look back on a life of music and inspiration.

Born Steven Georgiou in Marylebone, London, England, Cat would extend his love for music with influences that included Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, John Lennon, Biff Rose (who played on his first album), Leo Kottke and Paul Simon. He also wanted to emulate great composers including Ira Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein. Beginning in coffee shops and pubs, Stevens would play and shine as local on lookers absorbed his sound

In 1969, Stevens contracted tuberculosis where he became close to death. Later on after several months of recovery, Stevens was quoted as saying “to go from the show business environment and find you are in hospital, getting injections day in and day out, and people around you are dying, it certainly changes your perspective. I got down to thinking about myself. It seemed almost as if I had my eyes shut.” After this episode his took up meditation, yoga and metaphysics and began a personal transformation.

In 1976, Stevens nearly drowned off the coast of Malibu, CA. During this incident, he found himself shouting “Oh God! If you save me I will work for you.” He claims that moments after saying that a wave appeared and carried him back to shore. It was this second affair with death that he began to really seek spiritual truth.

He formally converted to the Islamic religion on December 23, 1977.

He would go on to marry and start a family and leave the music recording industry for 28 years. He has returned and through all the trials and tribulations of his life, he has allowed us to come along his journey through his music.

To Cat Stevens, we say Happy Birthday, Thank you and to continue to seek peace within yourself and around the world.

Enjoy this mix of great Cat Stevens Music:

Cat Stevens Birthday Mix

Happy Birthday Carole King

Today marks the 68th birthday for one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our and any generation.

As a way to reflect on the career of a legend in the music industry we have put together a small mix to put you in a soothing Carole King state of mind and a few videos of her and her stage magic.

Enjoy some personal memories as you let Carole King take you away

Carole King Play List