On The Second Day of Christmas: Jimmy Eats Duets while Taylor SpinsÂ Rockin’ Romance
1. First thingâ€™s first: I’m a sucker for duets. Two voices are better than one, right? The more the merrier. Iâ€™ve always loved listening for those sweet harmonies (probably thanks to my high school choir days) and when there are two voices singing melody and harmony with perfect precision and emotionâ€¦ I swoon. Just think of when Alex Gaskarth joined We Are The In Crowd on â€œKiss Me Againâ€, or Natasha Bedingfieldâ€™s awesome back and forth vocals with Simple Plan on â€œJet Lagâ€â€”both great duets that I regularly rock out to. But for Christmas this year, I want to see another Yellowcard duet, and I want to see it with one of my all time favorite female singers, Sara Bareilles. The band have done it beforeâ€”with Tay Jardine on â€œHere I Am Aliveâ€ and with Natalie Maines on â€œHow I Go.â€ Iâ€™m thinking something along these lines, but better. Throw in some touching piano and, of course, Sean Mackinâ€™s intricate violin solos, and this could be an unforgettable song. Whether it’s rock based or some kind of swelling love ballad, it doesn’t matter to me; I know both artists can hit either kind of song out of the park. But if it does end up being a love song with a sweeping orchestra and delicate vocalsâ€¦ well, I’ll prepare the water works. All I gotta say is: Hopeless, make it happen.
2. Jimmy Eat World are one of those timeless bands I will hold dear to my heart probably until the end of time. With album after album of songs that stay true to the human experience, I can’t imagine these guys ever going out of style. So why don’t we have an acoustic album yet? The band have dabbled in some slower stuff, like the recent â€œPlease Say No,â€ the classic â€œDrugs Or Me,â€ and of course, â€œHear You Me.â€ But think: how would â€œSweetnessâ€ sound with a couple acoustic guitars? What would â€œAlways Beâ€ be like as a piano version instead? It’d be awesome. Iâ€™d be happy with just an EP even. All I know is I need this under the tree (or an announcement will suffice!)
3. Does anyone remember that cover album Rockinâ€™ Romance? There were two volumes of pretty cool covers of the cheesiest love songs out there, and then it disappeared. I kind of miss it. I mean, Iâ€™m still obsessed with You, Me, and Everyone We Knowâ€™s cover of â€œBuild Me Up, Buttercup.â€ There are days that I have it stuck in my head for hours on end. This comp could totally be rebooted in 2016â€”there are new bands and tons of new love songs. Lights could cover one of Ellie Gouldingâ€™s newest tracks, like â€œThe Greatest,â€ and Mayday Parade could tackle Ed Sheeranâ€™s â€œThinking Out Loud.â€ The possibilities are endless. It could be great, and maybe just in time for Valentineâ€™s Day. (Hint)
4. The last thing I wish for this Christmas is a simple one: Spotify, hook me up with Taylor Swiftâ€™s 1989 and Adeleâ€™s latest, 25. Iâ€™ve got rad playlists that are sad and lonely without them. 🙁