Judah & The Lion [Case Study]

If anyone knows me – they know I’m a lover of Mumford & Sons. They are able to write, adapt, expand, and bring comfort to anxious moments. One band that is currently emerging from the shadows, is Judah & the Lion. And, I can’t help but compare the likeness that have with Mumford & Sons. Their lyrical writing is of similarity, and the vibes coming off their tracks are both calming and inspiring. Add in some banjo sounds, mandolin here and there, as well as a powerful voice, and you’ve got a good thing going on.

Take It All Back 2.0

The first real break for Judah & the Lion has been “Take it all Back 2.0” A great song about the important things in life. Brian Macdonald (the mandolinist) says the song comes from a place of “saying that our successes do not define us as people. We would give up everything we do to have the things that matter most to us: love, friends, family, ice cream.”

Suit and Jacket

The next song that I’ve been playing nonstop has been “Suit and Jacket.” A song that most of us can relate to. It’s about wanting to live. ACTUALLY live. Stop the thinking, stop the rushing, stop the surviving. But actually collect experiences, have real conversations, and try not to just exist. Isn’t that scary? I know I have spent too much time overthinking, analyzing, and trying to let everything be perfect. You are in constant battle with yourself because you don’t want to say the wrong thing to someone, as it may jeopardize your current connection.

But if we were to take the moment in, and say what we are actually thinking? Wow. What a beautiful thing that would be to express genuine feelings. I strive for this. Little by little – but I’m getting there.

“So how am I supposed to slow it down so I can figure out who I really am?”
Our Love

The last song I share with you is a live version of “Our Love” which showcases the true talent lead singer Judah Akers has. That voice! The song resonates with me, because I feel like I am searching. You can fill in the gap as you please.


I leave you with that. Take a listen — it’ll make your day better. I promise!

Find this amazing band on Spotify and Facebook.

Playing at the Opera House (great venue!) on March 21st.

Wednesday Listens: twenty one pilots [Case Study]

Wednesday Listens will be taking a detour in the form of a case study of twenty one pilots.

Can you tell that I love music? My tastes range anywhere from rap to classical. What draws me to particular musicians? Well, I’m attracted to raw talent, powerful beats, and strong vocal range. I have recently come across twenty one pilots and my god, is their music important.

twentyonepilotsLyrics are a biggie with music. Most of Top40 is simplified lyrics so that it can apply to a wide mass of people. It’s those niche bands that concentrate on certain aspects we should all be paying attention to. Just sitting their listening to their sounds, you often will get goosebumps. This is twenty one pilots. They can go from piano, to techno, then from rap to ukulele all in a matter of a few songs. And they play each genre so well, and the songs still somehow flow? After spending the last week listening to many of their songs, I’ve come to realize that they focus on recovering from mental health issues. I feel this is so important to put out there, as music is a way people deal with their emotions.

Look back at certain situations that you went through in your life. Was their not a song that you played endlessly to get through it? And when you revisit these songs, you think about how far you’ve come.

“Holding on to You” deals with overcoming depression. An important song to put forth, as society does not know how to handle mental health. Look at it this way: When there’s a physical injury, we know that we should go to the doctor, it’s treatable, and you will have something tangible to fix the injury. Mental health on the other hand, cannot be seen physically, therefore people become uneasy when discussing it. It’s seen as something taboo, which should not be the case.

I’m taking over my body, back in control, no more shotty / I bet a lot of me was lost, Ts uncrossed and Is undotted / I fought it a lot and it seems a lot like flesh is all I got

As you can tell from the title of the song “Stressed Out” deals with the society that we live in. It discusses the sad realization of the differences between when we were younger, to now being “real adults.” When we were younger, we were told to dream. But, when we finally become older we are told to “wake up, you need to make money.” I’m just going to let that sit there.

I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink/
But now I’m insecure and I care what people think.

Just listen to this song. It makes the listener feel that it’s okay they have the same thoughts. They hear someone going through it as well, and will listen because someone can put it into words.

Scared of my own image, scared of my own immaturity,
Scared of my own ceiling, scared I’ll die of uncertainty,
Fear might be the death of me, fear leads to anxiety,
Don’t know what’s inside of me.