Welcome Delshiree Gladden as she talks about the playlist that inspired her new release: Wicked Glory!
I was so glad Noree asked me to share a playlist for Wicked Glory, because after visiting local schools and telling them some of my favorite bands and songs only to get blank looks on at least half of them, clearly, teens today need some better music to listen to. So, here we go!
1. Mumford and Sons: This is one probably most people have at least heard of. They’ve gotten more popular in mainstream over the last few years, but they aren’t new. I love their folk music sound because it’s so much more authentic than so many other bands today. They put everything they have into their music and cover tough themes without ever bogging down their listeners. “Little Lion Man” and “White Blank Page” are two of my favorites from them, but all of their songs are amazing. They even covered the theme song for Disney’s Robin Hood (the cartoon) and it was awesome!
2. The Oh Hellos: This is another one that’s kind of folksy and upbeat, but if you listen to the lyrics, they’re much deeper than you realize at first. I love the poetic quality of their lyrics too. Everything doesn’t have to rhyme and sound cliché to be poetic. “Hello My Old Heart” is one of mine and my kids’ favorites.
3. Angus and Julia Stone: These two have such unique voices, it’s the first thing that pulls you in, but like the others, the lyrics have a lot of depth to them. Their sound is something you don’t hear from other duos, too. “And the Boys” is one of my favorites of theirs.
4. The Airborne Toxic Event: Honestly, I don’t know why more people haven’t heard of them. Their freshman album was amazing, and so was their follow-up album. It’s hard to choose a favorite from them, because they’re all so good, but I definitely like “Sometime Around Midnight” and “All At Once.”
5. Of Monsters and Men: Not only are the song titles always interesting, they also have a great unique sound that will catch your attention right away, and keep it with their voices and lyrics. “Dirty Paws” is a great one.
6. Florence + The Machine: This band isn’t so unfamiliar, but some of her most entertaining songs are ones I never hear on the radio. With a title like “Kiss With a Fist,” don’t you want to pop over to iTunes and listen to it? I love their tempo and lyrics and the creativity they put into their songs.
7. Fistful of Mercy: Ben Harper is the lead singer of this band, and he is amazing all on his own, but I really love his work with the new band as well. His voice is so memorable, and even though it doesn’t always sound like you might expect, it sticks with you. “As I Call You Down,” is a great one from their first album.
8. Vampire Weekend: I think this group is fairly well known, though I don’t get to hear them on the radio much where I live. Their fun tempos, clever lyrics, and interesting topics get me every time. I love that they have a song called, “Oxford Comma!”
9. Passenger: I love that their newer song, “Let Her Go,” made a huge splash, but everyone needs to check out their other albums, too. “Night Vision Binoculars,” is still one of my favs from them!
10. Maroon 5: I know they are anything but unknown, but I have to add them to the list because I LOVE their music and Adam Levine is simply awesome, even when signing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” in a Frank Sinatra voice.
Thank you so much for letting me share some of my favorite bands and songs! Hopefully the next time I talk about some of these bands, people will know who I’m talking about.
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About the Author
DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn't speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published.
Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist. DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series, including "Invisible" which was part of the USA Today Bestselling box set, "Pandora." The Date Shark Series is her first contemporary romance series.
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