Adam Sharp's blog songsfortheday is one of my all time favorite music blogs when I am in need of a good listen or on the hunt for some new tunes. He moved to Colorado from Iowa and has been welcomed with open arms into our music community. He has put together a Best of 2014 mix that is a definite listen. "This is a mix of tunes I listened to the most in 2014. Most of the tunes are from albums released within 2014, though there are a few sprinkled in for releases coming early this year. The tunes range from sad and sparse, to loud and rambunctious, to a bit dance-y. They are all songs I love and think are worth other people's time, and I hope you find something new to enjoy/love/obsess over. Enjoy."
When did your love of music begin?
I've loved music for a long time. I've gone through a bunch of phases (Kriss Kross, Counting Crows, pop-punk, DMB, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, and now a sort of mix of sad bastard music (as I affectionately call it) and pop music (hey, we all have our things).
A record that inspired or still inspires you?
The first album I ever loved with all my heart was August and Everything After, by Counting Crows, which came into my life at an age when I was still doing Social Studies projects on my parents' kitchen table after school. It's one of those records I come back to from time to time even still, and I'm of the mind that there are few records created in my lifetime that are on the same level as it.
What prompted you to start songsfortheday?
When I started the blog almost 4 years ago, I was unhappily living in the suburbs of Chicago, working a job I didn't like, not living near any of my musically-inclined friends, and in general feeling stuck in life. The blog was a way to connect in some way with others who loved music, as well as a way for me to express myself creatively on a day to day basis- it was, at the start, a way to get some of the fulfillment I felt like I was so missing in my daily life. Things have changed an incredible amount since then for me, and I'm not sure at all any of it would have been set in motion without the blog and the connections it's brought into my life.
What are your thoughts on the Colorado music scene?
I'm just getting settled here, but the thing that has struck me in my short time here (and the times I've visited before I finally moved) has been the sense of community here and the amount of talent that's concentrated in the Denver/Springs area. I'm excited to finally get into the scene in 2015, to check out all these venues I know in name only, and see these bands whose names are floating everywhere.