It was March 2011 when I noticed I really enjoyed music, like really enjoyed it.
Posting quotes from my favorite songs and annoying my Facebook friends became too much, so I chose somewhere else to display my music finds by blogging.
After a few good months into my new found hobby, somehow I got picked up by a website that was being seen read by some big names that I won’t name. I became the one of the many who succumbed to striving to be a “blog star”. What I was doing at that time was hindering me and I could notice myself becoming obsessed with first-posting, getting page-views, looking all-so-cool boasting my “music IQ”, and basically posting music that I never cared about. My taste was changing due to my acceptance of genres that were new to me.
Eventually, I weened away from that negative energy and revamped the original ideas that I began back when I started blogging — and now I’m here. On my own I started It Caught My Ear within May of last year, it’s quite a refreshing feeling displaying what I really, really enjoy and meeting friends along the way. It’s great to see people finding out about my blog and telling me that I enjoying what I post. I’m not sure how long that I’ll keep this going, however my main goal is to have fun while doing throughout its run …
Here are some songs that are swirling around my mind at the moment. Big thanks to Jon for selecting me to contribute a guest post to Cassette Rewind.
Hi, my name is Mwinyi and I am the founder of a little online music mag called LYFSTYL.
When I first started the site its purpose was just to share music back and fourth with my friend who moved across the country. Then I realized that other random people from around the world were following LYFSTYL! So I changed my direction and decided to make a real website.
As a person who follows music blogs I noticed that most popular sites basically post the exact same music. So I thought how can I stand out in this over saturated market.
Our mission statement is:
We write articles about what is amazing in the world of new music, as well as stuff that will just make you think. We believe that’s what music does to you. It makes you think. If you don’t think, you cease to exist. Besides music we feature cool artists and photographers our idea behind this was to somehow get in touch with all our readers senses by pairing visual media with beautiful soundscapes. If we could how get your other sense like smell and touch we probably do that as well.
Quite honestly I don’t really know what I should say about myself or about LYFSTYL. Other than come check us out! Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter if you ever want to chat.
Below are four tracks I am addicted too.
Late nights spent in solitude are among the most fertile thinking grounds. The hours between when you should have gone to sleep and when your body forcibly shuts down are invaluable, inimitable moments. You enter into another state of existence, one ruled by blurry images and unconscious realities, and your mind is clear. Moments like these are perfectly accompanied by music, and I’ve compiled eleven tracks to soundtrack your own late night experience. Let them melt into and out of your brain. Be absorbed by the images. Forget about yourself and contemplate the fact that Earth and everything we and it have ever known are but tiny specks on the cosmic canvas, insignificant in every way and place, except for one: our minds.
These songs are carefully handpicked; the survivors of the truncation of a much longer playlist. The best of the best. Included are links to places where you can purchase physical copies of the albums from which these songs are taken (where applicable).
Over the years I’ve developed a sort of routine where I randomly select tracks for a playlist that help me get into an Autumn frame of mind. The autumn months being my favorite time of year, it also tends to fall alongside my best creative output, so whatever I can do to mimic that feeling helps spur along a little extra something, I suppose. This is a handful of songs from that playlist which sort of welcomes me into that beloved time of year, as well as informs a project that I’m currently working on, so it’s a double win for my ears and brain.
These tracks are (somewhat) randomly selected from the “sssongsss” playlist I fill up while I’m working on new music and empty when I’ve released it. I think this is my fourth pass…