Movies For Music Lovers

Whenever I watch a movie, I always pay attention to the music. Movies are a great way to find new artists you might like–even if you don’t end up liking the movie, the soundtrack may feature some awesome new bands you didn’t even know existed. Here’s 4 music-related movies I love–and most of them come with great soundtracks, too! If you’re a music lover like me, listen up. 😉

Almost Famous

MV5BMTI0MDc0MzIyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMzc4NzA5._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_Have you ever dreamed of interviewing a band for Rolling Stone Magazine? Well, that’s exactly what music-lover William Miller gets the opportunity to do in Almost Famous. Billy, a teenage journalist, follows an unpredictable band named Stillwater on their concert tour, interviewing them for Rolling Stone–his big break. He gets into some pretty insane situations that include dealing with love, fangirls, and his crazy over-protective mother. I LOVE this movie! It basically depicts my dream job, and shows the importance of music in people’s lives. My favorite scene in the movie is when William is on the tour bus with the band, and they all start singing along to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” Watch the scene HERE & check out the movie trailer HERE!

(Photo via IMDb)

School of Rock

MV5BMjEwOTMzNjYzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjczMTQyMQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_This is my favorite movie of all time–it sparked my love for music at 1o years old, and since then I’ve seen it over 100 times. No joke. The story follows Dewey Finn (AKA Jack Black, my favorite actor), a guitar-playing, wannabe rock star in his quest to earn some cash to pay off his rent. After being kicked out of his former band, “No Vacancy,” he takes a job as a substitute teacher…even though he can’t teach. As he forms the 5th grade class he’s “teaching” into a rock band, (set on winning Battle of the Bands for the money) some crazy things happen. This movie is hilarious, and the soundtrack features some old favorites everyone loves, including Stevie Nicks’ “Edge Of Seventeen,” Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love,” and Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song.” Check out the movie trailer HERE!

(Photo via IMDb)

Once

MV5BMTEwNjExOTc2MTJeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDYzODQ3NDE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Once is a perfect movie for sentimental music-lovers. This adorable film follows an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant who begin to record songs together, and of course, fall in love. After the movie came out in 2007, it’s been made into a musical. The soundtrack to this movie is amazing. My favorite song from the movie is called “Falling Slowly,” which you can listen to HERE, and watch the movie trailer HERE!

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 August Rush

MV5BNDIwNjE3NjU2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTQ2NjQzMw@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Not only is the music and idea behind this movie amazing, but the film itself will have you on the edge of your seat. The story is about Evan Taylor, a young music prodigy and orphan who runs away to New York City. There, he uses his connection and passion for music to find his birth parents, Lyla and Louis. Along the way, he joins a group of homeless children who are taught music and trained to be street performers by a man named Wizard. I obsessively listen to the soundtrack of this touching movie. My two favorite songs in the movie are “This Time,” which is performed by Evan’s dad and his band in the movie, (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and “Something Inside,” also performed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Watch the movie trailer HERE!

(Photo via IMDb)
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Nothing Beats The Classics

vinylPhoto by Krystian Olszanski

I listen to a variety of music–from pop to alternative, from folk to rock. And although I love highlighting up-and-coming bands on my blog, this post will be a little different. Today I’m going to talk about a few classic, timeless bands that I’ve been listening to since I was little.

Oasis

Formed in 1991 in Manchester by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, Oasis is a band no one will ever forget. Their legendary songs such as “Wonderwall,” and “Champagne Supernova” are the most famous, but my favorites will always be “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” and “She’s Electric.” I would jump at the chance to ever see this band live, but unfortunately, they broke up around 2009. I remember Oasis being one of the first things I downloaded when I first bought an iPod in middle school. My parents always played their CDs, so I grew up listening to them. (Photo via Tumblr). They truly changed the music world. Influencing bands like The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, and Coldplay, their legacy lives on.

My favorite lyric: “Please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock and roll band…who will throw it all away.” ~Don’t Look Back In Anger

The Cranberries

-1Listening to “Linger” by The Cranberries brings me right back to 6th grade when I listened to them all the time. I still love this song–I could listen to it on repeat all day. It’s so calming!

This Irish rock band formed in Limerick in 1990, and is still active today! According to Wikipedia, “The group was one of the most successful rock acts of the ’90s and sold over 40 million albums worldwide.” Check out the amazing live version of their song you might know, “Dreams.” (Photo via Concrete Playground)

My old cassette tape of a few of The Cranberries’ songs.

Favorite Lyric: “If you, if you could return, don’t let it burn, don’t let it fade.” ~Linger

Train

Still widely popular today, Train formed in 1994 and released their very first self-entitled album Train in 1998, which you can check out here! It went triple platinum in the U.S. & Canada, and still stands as the band’s best-selling album. (Photo via Rizzo Music)

A few of my favorite songs by Train are “Calling All Angles,” “Drops Of Jupiter,” and “Meet Virginia.”  I love Train’s rock, pop style–none of their songs is exactly the same as the other.

Favorite Lyric: “Since the return from her stay on the moon, she listens like spring and she talks like June..” ~Drops Of Jupiter

Vertical Horizon

Vertical Horizon formed in 1991, and was my first ever favorite alternative-rock band. The first song I loved by them (which is still my favorite) is “Everything You Want.” (The music video is pretty cool, too!)  Another song I love is their chilling single, “Underwater,” which I’ve been listening to a lot lately. (Photo via ear.fm)tapes

Vertical Horizon is one of those bands that has such a unique sound, but doesn’t get enough credit for how talented they truly are! See for yourself how great they are & listen to the live version of their song, “Send It Up,” here.

Like what you hear? Listen to their latest album, “Echoes From Underground,” here!

Songs are precious time capsules! Tweet me: what song brings YOU back?

HOW TO: Meet Your Favorite Bands & Singers (Part 2)

imageMeeting my favorite band, The Wanted, in April

Fake it ‘till you make it. Meeting your favorite band/singer can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. When you meet them, breathe. They’re just people. (That mean a lot to you!) Fake being outgoing if you’re a little shy—smile, ask them questions, (ex: How do you like my city? What did you do today? Etc.) and most importantly: be assertive (but not rude). If you want a selfie, ask for one. If you want a hug, ask for one. Thank them for taking time to meet you, and be happy—because you just met your favorite artist!

When taking a picture with your fave: Although this can be nerve-racking, try to stay calm. Smile, and make sure you take a minute to put your arm around your fave for the picture. Meet & greet pictures where the artist and fan are just standing next to each other are awkward, so you want to avoid that. Not sure what kind of meet and greet picture you want? A normal one of you smiling with the band is always great, but if you’re looking to get creative with your picture, check out the two pictures below for ideas!

heffron driveWhen fans Miranda & Katy met Heffron Drive, they hugged each of the guys in the picture. Too cute!

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Raleigh went for a fun, silly picture when she met American Authors. If you’re brave enough to ask for a picture like this, it is definitely one you will treasure forever!

If things don’t work out the way you wanted when trying to meet your favorite band or singer:

Don’t give up! Whether you didn’t meet the band, or you did, but you were too star-struck to tell them how much you love them, it’s okay. Stay positive and think about the fact that you actually met them. When I met Ed Sheeran, I barely squeaked out a thank you. I was in shock, haha. Afterwards, I was a bit disappointed I hadn’t said more to him, but I remembered how lucky I was to even meet him, and I felt better. There is always a possibility you will meet the artist again, or if you haven’t met them yet, and you’re determined to, you will. Staying positive is key!

 Don’t forget to read Part 1 of this post if you haven’t already!

Tweet me HERE about your meet and greet experiences! I want to hear all of the crazy stories. I will always tweet you back! 🙂

HOW TO: Meet Your Favorite Bands & Singers (Part 1)

imageMy two fangirl best friends waiting outside of our favorite band’s tour bus!

When an artist I love makes a trip to my city, I try my very best to meet them. I love being able to show them how much I appreciate their music, and it’s so much fun to see them in real life. If your favorite band or singer is coming to your city and you are determined to meet them, find out how you can with these tips and secrets. (Results may vary!)

3255575238_64f2e5bb08_oUse Twitter. This is my main tool when I’m trying to meet an artist. Follow the band on Twitter that you’re trying to meet, and check their page through out the day. If you’re lucky and the artist tends to tweet a lot, you might be able to figure out where they currently are in your city, and you’ll know where to go. They may tweet a picture of them eating at a restaurant you are familiar with, (I know, this sounds like borderline stalking…), or simply a picture of them outside the venue they’re performing in. Also, search Twitter for keywords when you’re trying to find the band you want to meet. Example: Search “Ellie Goulding Chicago, Illinois,” on the Twitter search page. People who may have met her earlier that day (or even a few minutes ago) may pop up, in which case you can tweet them and ask where they found Ellie. You may also find people tweeting information about where she might be later.

(Twitter photo by keiyac)

TIP: Although other people tweeting info is super helpful, try to avoid doing the same. Less of a crowd=more time for you to talk to your fave.

1377197_541694822569731_102313675_nWait outside the venue, and spot the tour buses. The best time meet a singer or band outside the venue is before a concert. The artist won’t be as tired, and things won’t be as hectic—most people wait for the artist after the show, not before, so there could be less people. If you spot the artist, make sure you call out to them (politely!) by name. They might come over and take some selfies with you if they see you’re passionate about meeting them. (Left picture: Colton Ruldolph from Midnight Red & I outside of a concert venue.)

Finding the tour buses is really helpful if you can manage it. The artist will most likely be hanging out around it, so you’ll have a good chance of meeting them.

TIP: If there is a rope or barrier around the tour bus, don’t cross it. You don’t want to get kicked out by security. (I’ve had personal experience with this, but didn’t get kicked out haha–I was just really determined to meet The Wanted…)

imageI met Nathan Sykes from The Wanted outside of their tour bus!

FAQ: Should I try to meet bands and singers in airports? Some artists are okay with you meeting them in airports after they’ve gotten off a flight (5SOS, The Wanted, & Demi Lovato to name a few), but some aren’t. They’re tired and just want to get to their hotels, so give them space. If you meet any singer at an airport, make sure you ask before trying to get a picture with them. I’ve heard about situations where an artist will get irritated with fans who immediately assume they will take a picture with them without asking.

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Follow the fangirls. If you spot other fans who look like they know what they’re doing in terms of trying to meet (*cough* or stalk) an artist, watch and listen to them. They usually know where to go. It may help to befriend them, but don’t push it. Fangirls are determined when it comes to meeting their faves, and they DON’T want to be used.

Enter in contests. You know those radio contests you think you’ll never win—the ones where they give away chances to meet a band or singer? Here’s a big secret: you can win. Through these types of contests, fans meet their favorite bands and singers. If you hear about this type of contest and you like the artist, ENTER IN IT! You never know what might happen unless you try.

 166740_454171931322021_2022522688_nMy friend & I met Ed Sheeran through a radio contest in 2013.

Stay tuned for PART 2, where I will give some tips on what to do and say when you meet an artist you love!