Holiday Song of the Day: “Home for Christmas”

Us being ten days into December already, it’s definitely time to kick off the Christmas music season here at Harmony Avenue, with a beautiful holiday tune by my favorite band. Take a listen to “Home For Christmas” by The Family Crest. I’ve gone on record previously about how much I love The Family Crest and how they…

My Music: The Quiet One

A month or so ago, I shared a demo of one of my original songs here on the blog. I have 2 other demos posted on SoundCloud (more are coming very soon), and I wanted to take the chance to talk about another one of those songs, “The Quiet One.” Like the first song I shared,…

Throwback Thursday: Pentatonix

A little more than 4 years ago, on the second third-season episode of a cappella competition “The Sing-Off,” a group called Pentatonix stepped on stage for the first time. One of 8 groups making their debut that night, they sang a cover of “ET” by Katy Perry. Back then, I was doing regular recaps of the…

My Music: “Can’t Let Go of This”

This past weekend, Harmony Avenue turned 5 years old! It’s crazy to think that the blog has been around that long, and I’m happy to have been able to stick with this in some form for all these years (excepting, of course, the 2 that I served a mission in Peru). As always, thank you so…

Throwback Thursday: “Tower of Sand” & “Sugar”

Taking it back all the way to 2007 and 2010, respectively, today’s Throwback Thursday post is double the fun. From a somewhat recent discovery of mine, indie singer-songwriter Chris Merritt, here’s not one, but two of his songs, “Tower of Sand” and “Sugar.” I first came across Chris Merritt while on my mission, of all places. He contributed a…

New Music Friday: Ellie Goulding, Yo-Yo Ma, & More

Today I introduce a new feature inspired by other music places across the Internet, New Music Friday. Each Friday that I can, I’ll highlight great new songs & albums just released, for your listening & discovering pleasure. (Yeah, not too much of a complicated concept.) Here’s some of the excellent music on tap this week:…

Song of the Day: “So There”

Ben Folds has gone in quite a few different directions over the years. He’s been in a rock band. He’s produced an a cappella album. He’s worked with acclaimed author Nick Hornby. One thing that has been constant throughout all his artistic exploration is that he’s consistently been making some excellent music. (Example: a song…

Throwback Thursday: “Let’s Face The Music and Dance”

Briefly, for your throwback listening pleasure on this fine Thursday evening, here’s a gem from 1964…Nat King Cole’s outstanding version of the timeless jazz standard “Let’s Face The Music and Dance.” I’ve long loved many of Nat King Cole’s recordings of jazz classics, but for some reason his take on “Let’s Face The Music and…

Artist Spotlight: The Family Crest

“What’s your favorite band?” I’ve been asked that question a lot. (I’m sure all of us have.) As with any “favorite” question, my response usually takes the form of a long list of groups, with me apologizing for not being sure which one is at the absolute top of my list. That, however, may have…

Throwback Thursday: “Fidelity”

Looking through my blog posts, I haven’t done something for Throwback Thursday since March. That post focused on an album from the 1970s. This throwback is a bit more recent, from 2006. It’s also the first music video I’m throwing back to…travel through time with me to watch Regina Spektor’s fine video for her hit single “Fidelity.” To…