Amanda Robinson

Music is a World Within Itself With a Language We All Understand

I love music. It’s more of an obsession than a love really.If music were a person, it may need a restraining order. I'm not into the cookie-cutter pop stuff. No thank you. Kelis you can keep your “Milkshake” and Shakira, well, I think that it’s kind of weird that you have a "She Wolf" in your closet. I am more of an indie kind of girl. Not strange indie, at least by my own standards. I like mellow music, because, let’s face it, I’m a fairly mellow person. I would much rather hang out at home with a good cd or thought-provoking book than go to a “rager” any day. And while that may make me dull, that's who I am.

Jon McLaughlin, professional musician, plays the paino at his concert in Downtown Orlando January 2008

Since I can remember, I have always loved music. Frank Sinatra was my first musical love (mainly because my Grandpa played his songs constantly and drilled it into my young head, and those of my cousins, that Sinatra was the master). I can still remember sitting on his knee as "Come Fly With Me" played in the background, and "My Way" will always remind me of his passing; not in a bad way, but in the way that only songs can make you remember people and places...as timeless.

From Sinatra, my musical tastes declined a bit, as I was sucked into the pop craze of Backstreet Boys, Hanson and NSYNC; a craze that swept the nation and captured the hearts of many an adolescent girl. No matter how "uncool" I try to make the boy bands sound, I admit that I still love to crank up "Tearin Up My Heart" or "Backstreet's Back" every once in a while.

Now, I am into more lesser-known artists who really know how to write lyrics that speak to the listener and contain deeper, more poignant meanings. Jon Mclaughlin is probably my favorite artist of the moment. Not only is he a phenomenal pianist, (a feat that I tried, unsuccessfully, to master for close to six years) but his lyrics are amazing, timely and beautifully sung. There are a number of other artists whose work I truly admire, and I have used many of their lyrics in the creation of this Web site. You can find a complete list of the songs and artists used (along with links to their Web sites), below.

That said, I think that I finally realize why I have always been so drawn to music.
You see, songs are like people: some are fast and some are slow; some are mellow, some are angry and some are sad; some songs speak of moral righteousness, while others ignore morals alogether. The beauty of music is that no matter how different the songs, they may still be found on the same cd; much like the people of this earth. As songs, we all bring something unique to the turntables of life.

Featured Songs/Musicians

Foy Vance: "Shed a Little Light"
Butch Walker: "Maybe It's Just Me"
The Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Tell Me Baby"
Sister Sledge: "We Are Family
Ben Harper: "My Own Two Hands"
The Pearly Whites: "Gator Bait"
Frank Sinatra: "The Best is Yet to Come"
Ani DiFranco: "32 Flavors"
Chris Bryan: "I Don't Want to be Right"
Rascal Flatts: "Me and My Gang"
Jon McLaughlin: "Beautiful Disaster"
Mika: "My Interpretation"
Stevie Wonder: "Sir Duke"