before i forget..."new" music...

It normally isn't until I'm forced to sit down and relax (see: "being sick") where I actually let my mind wander and explore websites/iTunes for music I might be interested in. Otherwise, I normally hear about good music from a friend, or at times, via my coworkers (who know some of my musical tastes pretty well).

Well, yesterday while I was bummin' it at home and trying to recoup from the nasties, I happened upon some new-ish music that's currently made a move to my iPod. When I say "new-ish," you've got to keep in mind that I'm mostly 6 months behind on "new" music. Well, at least 6 months is better than a year.

1) Leona Lewis: "Bleeding Love"
Like I told the few people I text-messaged when I found out about this 22-year-old British pop sensation, she could quite possibly be an illegitimate love child of Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston. She's got some pipes. And what's more, my beloved Ryan Tedder wrote/co-wrote the song. Swoon.

2) John Mayer: "Say"
I'm seriously a sucker for ballad-y, music-scoring, sentimental-y type of guitary ooze. Thanks, John. Oh, and I also like Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Two extra points.

3) Carrie Underwood: "All American Girl"
Now, I can't exactly vouch for country music being my favorite genre, as it normally doesn't make its way into my play list very often. (Yes, I do realize I'm still in Arkansas) I'm not even sure I remember how I discovered this song, but I saw the music video first and loved it. It's a simple, sweet, fun song, and as an All American Girl, I totally dig it. It just makes me smile.

4) Juanes: "Gotas de Agua Dulce"
My favorite Colombian. First it was "Camisa Negra," and now this. I've watched the music video a few times, and for the life of me I can't figure out if those camera pans and tilts are in-camera or all post-production. Hmm. Anyways, the song is entirely in Spanish, so if you're a fan of Spanish-speaking people or Colombia, then you'll enjoy "Gotas de Agua Dulce" (translation: Drops of Sweet Water)

5) Backseat Goodbye: "Technicolor Eyes"
It's a sweet, simplistic ballad. Almost as if someone was talking and decided, "Hey! I should play a guitar to what I just said! Sweet!" It reminds me of my junior high days and summertime.

As you can see, my list is rather short. Until I'm sick again...