When you grow up with the name Layla, music seems to be in your blood. I am fortunate that I grew up in a family that loved music and exposed me to all different kinds of music. I am that obnoxious friend that knows all the lyrics and correct those who do not sing them correctly. Nothing irritates more than to hear that person singing at the top of their lungs “Alex can feel.” instead of “Our lips are sealed.”. You know who I am looking at when typing that sentence.
Last year, Jay Shell asked me to help judge a singing contest at the Brewhouse Music and Grill. I sat week after week listening to local musicians try to win a spot to sing at Rome River Jam. I knew the first moment of the first contestant that I was doing exactly what I loved to do. I can’t sing or play an instrument, but this was a way I could be involved.
The next step that brought me to the idea to write this blog came when I noticed my Twitter feed being filled with up and coming singers from around the world. Some of these people even sent me their music to ask if I liked it or not. Then I had friends say “you should blog on music”. I decided “Why not? I am going to start reviewing musicians”. Some of these artist may not like what I say, but if I could share some awesome talent or help some improve their craft (with a little criticism) then I feel I contributed to something that I love.
I am not a writer,so excuse the grammar. What I hope to accomplish is growing my readers, review musicians and venues, and basically have a good time. What I need from you guys is people and places to review. I love every genre from rap to country to jazz to rock, so nothing is off limits. I will listen to the music and give a raw and honest opinion. The last thing I need from everyone is to share the blog. I hope to launch the website in the next couple of weeks but for now I will share on Facebook. I will be reviewing and sharing a couple of the phenomenal singers that I met during The Voice of Rome in the next week and I will share a lyric that I find profound at the end of every blog. I hope you enjoy and please send me information on your bands.
“Cry In The Sun” by Better Than Ezra, sums up exactly how music should make us all feel. I hope I can do the same for all that honor me by reading what I write.
“For everyone, yeah
If there’s a person, place, or time
That brings you back and makes you feel alive
Before your reason clouds your eyes
Well you could rule the world if you wanted to…yeah