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A Bard’s Eye View: 2016 – A Love Story   Recently updated !

2016 A Love Story Last year, I made a list of about 12 songs that particularly made an impact on me in 2015.  This year, I wanted to make a much larger and inclusive list.  The playlist will be linked from Spotify and accessible to listen to at your leisure […]


A Bard’s Eye View: Religion in Music

Religion in Music   Whether you are religious or not, it is generally assumed that artists who make a lot of religious references in their music are going to be a little bit on the lame side. There are some notable exceptions, particularly if country music or gospel is your […]


A Bard’s Eye View: Like a Butterfly?

Like a Butterly? Uh, sure As music evolves and things change, so too can change the name of a band.  I’m not talking about Prince, Snoop Dog/Lion/That Guy that Likes Gin and Juice (laid back), or Sean Combs StayPuft Daddy, I’m talking about when bands go through lineup changes or […]


A Bard’s Eye View: Mixtape 2015

I Made You a Mixtape 2015 Edition   2015 wouldn’t be complete without some kind of list of some of my favorite songs.  I’m not ranking them, though!  Instead, I’m creating what would be a pretty cool mix CD to put in your car and celebrate.  Now, obviously, I don’t […]


A Bard’s Eye View: A Case of the Sads

A Case of the Sads For when life is being a dick to you Sometimes elements of your life aren’t going so well.  You try and try to find ways to cheer up and you just can’t.  I know the feeling.  Sometimes, you just WANT to be sad.  Just to […]


A Bard’s Eye View: A Concert for the Ages

A Concert for the Ages Blind Guardian In my formative years of experiencing the side of European metal, Blind Guardian was one of my earliest discoveries.  In my days of the chatrooms, Blind Guardian was described as “Power metal, but for men” and also as the only power metal band […]


A Bard’s Eye View: Satisfying 15-year-old Me

Satisfying 15-year-old Me Seeing Sevendust perform live for the very first time I’m often known for being critical of music that is consistently on the radio.  I’m not a big fan of choruses and the music I listen to tends to be a little more aggressive than the average person […]


A Bard’s Eye View: Riding the Majestic 1

Riding the Majestic A look at Soilwork’s 10th Studio Album Before I begin, I need to preface this by saying that Soilwork is THE band responsible for opening up my perspective to European music and heavier music in general.  At 17-years-old. I was convinced that I had pretty much heard […]


A Bard’s Eye View: Why So Serious?

Why So Serious? Some of the Sillier Acts in Music To many, music is a very serious expression of the self and is used by listeners to identify commonalities in theme and feeling.  Sometimes we are more inclined to look for music that isn’t entirely based on anything important.  It’s […]


A Bard’s Eye View: A Trip to the Underworld

A Trip to the Underworld All transportation provided by Symphony X July 24, 2015, four years, one month, and one week exactly after the release of Iconoclast, Symphony X has followed up with their ninth studio album, Underworld.  Like Blind Guardian, Symphony X employs a very meticulous approach to songwriting, […]