Musical Notes

09 Nov

Above and Beyond

Lately, I have been getting the question “who your top favorite DJs in electronic music?” That’s a tough question, isn’t it? I’ve decided that the best way to answer this question (instead of just listing of countless DJs) by sharing a break down of one of my all-time favorite electronic group: Above and Beyond.

24 Oct

H.E.R. | Mariah’s Favorite Tracks from the Albums

Have you heard new R&B artist H.E.R.? This mystery artist who has bypassed exposing her real identity has the internet questioning “who is the female behind the shadow?”As always, I just came here for the music and there is no denying that enough was revealed to keep these ears lingering for more. Whoever H.E.R. may be, she guarantees mesmerizing soulful melodies.

So here is my highlight of my top 3 favorite tracks from H.E.R. – H.E.R. Vol. 1 & 2


Track 1: Losing

By far my #1 track off this album. It’s like getting lost in a relatable atmosphere carried by a serene tempo over clouds of emotion. I think we have all been caught up in that scene, yet she puts up her own unbreakable stamina.  The title may be “Losing” but I think with this one, H.E.R. may be winning.

Track 6: Facts

Apparently, facts aren’t the only thing she brought. She didn’t leave behind her fierce mindset for this one. “You make me wanna put my phone down” must be the complement of the year of 2017. Nonetheless, H.E.R.’s vocals blend smoothly with a nice rhythmic groove. Definitely worth adding to the playlist!

Track 11: Changes

“Changes” sounds like she is craving something more steady this time around, mixing vulnerability and willpower! She definitely puts out there what she wants in addition to pretty much leaving the ball in their court. Lesson took!

Intrigued and interested in taking a peek behind the curtain (as much as you can, anyway)? Check out H.E.R.’s official site to learn more about this talented young woman whose acronym H.E.R. – Having Everything Revealed – is just as killer as her music.

Excited about the mystery that is H.E.R.? Tell us about it! Loving the music? What are your favorite tracks and why? There’s so much to love and discuss about the Vols 1 &2 and it is clear that we’ll all be talking about H.E.R. for a long time.

Love Mariah’s taste in music? Check out her other reviews for Galantis’ The Aviary and Jhené Aiko’s Trip!

19 Oct

Frightful Fall | Classic Halloween Songs

Everyone celebrates Frightful Fall differently. Costumes, candy apples, trick-or-treating and fall festivals are all popular ways to show your autumn spirit. At Bookmans, we like to celebrate with the perfect Halloween playlist. With so many creepy songs to choose from, we recommend making a few different playlists in order to capture each specific spooky mood. Today, we are highlighting the classics. These songs are a must at any Frightful Fall party. Whether you will be watching horror movies or carving pumpkins this Halloween, here is a list of knock-your-socks off songs to get you in that scary spirit.

06 Oct

Bookmans Recommends | The Aviary by Galantis

If you know much about Electronic Dance Music then chances are, you’ve heard of Galantis. This Swedish duo consists of Christian Karlasson and Linus Eklöwn. The two have made their mark in sculpting House music. Galantis is best known for their 2014 hit single, Runaway (U & I) as well as individual accomplishments within the music industry. Their latest album, The Aviary infuses their unique sense of vitality into the songs while keeping their melodies groovy. Today, I’m highlighting my top three tracks on Galantis’ The Aviary to help break down the album.

04 Oct

Top Five Reasons to Learn a Musical Instrument

Johann Sebastian Bach once said, “It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” Music has been around since the dawn of time. Its incredible diversity in the sounds, genres, instruments, and emotions makes music is a universal language. Well, maybe not technically a language, but people can connect in such a way that sometimes words cannot reach. So here are a list of the top five reasons why you should learn a musical instrument!

28 Sep

Bookmans Recommends | Trip by Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko’s new album, Trip is an inside perspective on her journey of healing. From love to heartache, she talks about growing as a mother, the overwhelming grief of losing her brother to cancer, and the thought that she might have actually found real love. This album is more than a surprise, it’s a revelation with light airy beats whirling around in a familiar atmosphere. Here to help unpack this newly released album, I will be highlighting my top three favorite tracks.

19 Sep

Rad Bands That Just Happen To Sing Other Languages

Music is grand isn’t it? From classic rock to punk rock, from hip hop to bubblegum pop, we love music of all genres. And we love music of all languages too! Sometimes, listening to sweet tunes in an unfamiliar language can be intimidating but there is a lot to be gained from being taken out your comfort zone. Sure, you might not know the actual lyrics but the music can still be enjoyable and it’s proven it actually helps you learn another language. Not to mention, you can still groove to a song regardless of whether or not you can understand the lyrics. So to help you get started introducing non-English singing bands and musicians, here are just three bands sure to make you move.

13 Sep

Bookmans Recommends | ODESZA’s A Moment Apart

ODESZA is an electronic duo featuring Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. This group writes and produces their own individual style of electronic music while performing at music festivals full of fans from all over the world. Maybe you are one of their fans, maybe you have heard their music remixed by popular DJs or played at millions of night clubs. Whether directly or indirectly, ODESZA definitely has a following. As said in the intro of this album, “The only way to save sanity is to fall in love with the sound.” Today, I’m breaking down their newly released album, A Moment Apart and highlighting my top three favorite tracks.

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07 Sep

Bookmans Recommends | Yours Truly Forever by Phora

Marco Archer, known as Phora, is a poetic singer and rapper from Anaheim, California. His music is a testimony to his talent in storytelling within the context of rap music. His style is almost like a mix between Logic and a young J. Cole. At 22 years old, Phora has crushed the many barriers that stood in his way of success. Though he grew up amidst violence that threatened his life, Phora never let his struggles or fears consume him. Instead, he looked to music as his fortitude. Today, we celebrate his top earning deal with Warner Bros. and newly released album, Yours Truly Forever. Here are my favorite tracks from Phora.

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29 Aug

Bookmans Recommends | Kesha’s Rainbow

When I first listened to the song Rainbow from Kesha’s new album of the same name, I was stopped at a red light trying not to shed any tears. Let’s just say that I wasn’t able to hold any back. It’s been five years since Kesha has released an album and she claims that this one saved her life. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, “Rainbow is a cathartic album for Kesha…making the record helped her cope with depression. ‘I would roll out of bed, get in my car and show up to the studio,’ Kesha said. ‘And I would just keep making songs. That was my way to cope.'” Rainbow features appearances by the Dap-Kings Horns, Eagles of Death Metal and the one and only Dolly Parton. This album is different from anything that Kesha has ever done. Her single, Praying is already attracting attention as a powerful study in healing and redemption. Kesha’s Rainbow feels like the album that set her free.

16 Aug

Musical Notes | Car Karaoke

One of Bookmans’ core values is environmental awareness. A great way to take a step toward reducing your carbon footprint is to carpool. An environmentally better way is in a hybrid. A more entertaining way, and quite possibly the best way, is to have a car karaoke party! The idea ‘dance like no one is watching’ is an essential philosophy when doing this, seeing that most of us do not have tinted windows on our vehicles. Now that I think about it, I have seen some pretty great dance moves when people are rocking out. Regardless, someone else is bound to hear you belting it out if you’re sitting in traffic, so you might as well give it your all. Toss your worries aside and embrace the morning commute by singing your heart out! Every moment waiting in your car just became a moment to shine and party down. I’ve even recruited other drivers to join me in reinacting the Bohemian Rhapsody scene from Wayne’s World – complete with full air guitar with my windows rolled down! The driver next to me even used his dashboard like a drum kit. Had it been a contest, we totally would have won! Some carpoolers even bring instruments including drum sticks for air solos. Today, we are counting down our picks for best carpool karaoke musical instruments.

15 Aug

Bookmans Recommends | Majid Jordan

Majid Jordan isn’t to be confused with one person, it’s the production name of Canadian R&B duo, Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman. Both collaborated together in their hometown of Toronto. These two artists’ lives changed after their anonymous track “Good People” on SoundCloud made it’s way into the ears of Drake. This is where the “OVO Tents” come in, helping produce hit tracks like “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Mine.” Both artists seem to have taken a lot away from the experience and are really making waves with music. Not only are they writing and producing for other artists, but they are generating their own groovy R&B exclusive soundscape melody. Today, I’m counting down my personal favorites from the Majid Jordan album.

31 Jul

Bookmans Recommends | Melodrama by Lorde

Many of us discovered Lorde when she was just 16 after she released an album that instantly catapulted her into the mainstream music world. Four years later, at the age of 20, Lorde has just released her second album, Melodrama. You can only imagine how immensely Lorde’s life has changed over the past four years. This album is a sneak peak into those changes. Lorde expresses emotions unlike any other. This album reflects on Lorde’s teenage years and entering adulthood. Her songs deal with new experiences, discovering herself, heartbreak, uneasy feelings, self control and the melodrama that comes with growing up. The title of Lorde’s second album says it all. Today, I’m highlighting some of my favorite tracks from Lorde’s Melodrama.

27 Jul

Bookmans Summer Sale | BOGO CDs

Bookmans stores across Arizona will be hosting a Summer Sale this weekend, July 29th and 30th! Stock up on everything you need to escape the heat this summer and be entertained…indoors! Head to Bookmans stores for this sweet Summer Sale as we offer a buy-one-get-one deal on CDs. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts and is limited to one per customer. In honor of this amazing sale, we once again offer up a few suggestions for must-have albums you could pick up at the Bookmans Summer Sale. So sit back and relax as we provide some sweet tune suggestions sure to combat any restlessness during these hot summer months.

26 Jul

Honoring Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

After hearing the news of Chester Bennington’s death, a piece of my heart ruptured along with whole generations of hearts around the world. At a young age, I remember owning one of Linkin Park’s albums and sharing it with my friends. Our scribbled sharpie artwork covered the top of the CD case. Linkin Park shared what felt like the background music to so many lives. Bennington made a strong connection with fans. He expressed the idea that someone else, somewhere else is also fighting their own real world struggles. This connection made our own fight seem a little less brutal. Even when things seemed like the worst of times, his music made it seem like everything would be okay. After all, we are only humans. In memory of Chester Bennington, I am highlighting Linkin Park songs that are meaningful to me.

11 Jul

Adventures in Listening | Summer Roadtrip

Summer is here and ’tis the season…for road trips! Arizona is just the spot to explore historic landmarks, scenic views, hidden ghost towns and majestic sunsets. Whether you’re taking a day trip or driving a week on an iconic highway, Bookmans has your road trip music supply covered. Our CD collections are a well-curated songfest of travel music memories. No road trip is complete without the perfect playlist, so the first stop on said journey should definitely be Bookmans. We are the place to pick up music that will complete your traveling soundtrack. Check out the following selections, then get out of town and explore the outdoors with righteous tunes. Be sure to stop in to one of our locations along the way, conveniently located all around Arizona. Today, we are highlighting a few tunes to add to your list (if you haven’t already.)

10 Jul

Bookmans Recommends | Jay-Z’s 4:44

Jay-Z’s newly released album, 4:44 went platinum in less than a week. This album only runs 36 minutes with just ten tracks. But don’t let that deceive you, Jay still has a lot to say. 4:44 a lot more than a response to Beyonce’s Lemonade album. Jay- Z unfolds everything from his hustle lifestyle with fame and fortune to revealing a sense of betrayal. He addresses how becoming a father has changed him and offers a long-awaited apology. The album features a celebration of his mother publicly coming out and poignant details about the dichotomy of living as both a superstar and a regular person. Let’s just say this album looks like it might run short but it’s nothing less than jam-packed with material. If you haven’t already started to unpack this new album, here is some help with my personal top tracks from the record.

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23 Jun

Uke “U” | Bookmans Ukulele University

June is Music month here at Bookmans because, well, we like music. A significant number of our employees, both past and present, are musicians. Our Bookmans Peeps play professionally, are in bands, teach music and take the craft seriously. Music is another key part of the Bookmans identity so we thought it would be perfect to host some ukulele workshops. Why go to Ukulele University? Lets have a look at the basics of this charming little instrument and find out what makes it so popular!

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20 Jun

June’s Tunes | Top 5 TV Theme Songs

You know them by heart. You clap along when appropriate. They are the sounding bell for many TV binge sessions. Of course, we are talking about those completely recognizable TV theme songs. From the classics like “Come and Knock On My Door” from Three’s Company to more recent ones like Malvina Reynolds “Little Boxes” on Weeds, these short, catchy and on-point songs help sell the show and set the mood. So sit back, pop some corn and chill as we count down our Top 5 TV Theme Songs courtesy of Bookmans Midtown.

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16 Jun

June’s Tunes | Top 5 Great Video Game Soundtracks

June is Music Month here at Bookmans and we’re putting the spotlight on one genre that doesn’t get enough attention. Video game soundtracks make great background music for work and play because they are designed to enhance the setting and mood of a game, while not distracting from the gameplay experience. We use some of our favorite soundtracks to set the mood for our work, while we are in the office, as well as when relaxing at home in the tub. We present to you a few great video game soundtracks to use as background music for your life.

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