Posts Tagged ‘Inspiring’

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When faced with the many challenges and struggles in life, you always need a teammate to be there for you and become your personal cheerleading squad. Now there is an incredible indie pop duo who do just that with their music. TeamMate was formed out from the relationship break-up of drummer Dani Buncher and singer-keyboardist Scott Simons. Both of them were passionate about music and together have created inspiring songs that take you through their life journey. We recently brought you our interview with Dani and Scott and will repost that for you in a bit but first I wanted to share with you the new song that TeamMate band has just released, Goldmine.

Scott explains about Goldmine, Goldmine happened one day while we were living together again for the first time since we had broken up. Dani had just moved to LA and was crashing on my couch. I had this chorus idea one day and asked Dani to check it out. We wrote the rest of the song together in one sitting.”  Scott also added “Goldmine is about looking inward and acknowledging how much you’re worth. We’ve found it’s easy for us to blame or credit external forces for our failures and successes, but if we don’t know how valuable we are ourselves, we can’t expect other people to.

Check out the song here:

 

This song truly speaks volumes of truth and is really rich in advice wrapped in a wave of synth pleasure amid Scott’s comforting vocals.. You can pick up the track on iTunes here or for a limited time as a free download through the Soundcloud. Definitely the perfect way to start the day is with new music by TeamMate!

Here is that repost I promised you of our interview with  Dani and Scott about their music and what TeamMate is working on.

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Music Junkie Press: Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press.  We have to tell you that we love your uplifting and inspiring new track, Don’t Count Me Out. Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind that song?

 Scott: Thanks so much! We appreciate your support and kind words. I think the inspiration comes from our experiences. We’ve known each other almost half of our lives and have each been though some shit – together and separately. I think the song comes from experienced optimism. Like, we’re still standing, dammit.

 Music Junkie Press: What is TeamMate currently working on now?

 Dani: We have some new songs we’re excited to get done in the studio! We’ve been adding them to our live set and have gotten some nice feedback.

 Music Junkie Press: Your song not only brings out emotionally driven lyrics but leads a great connection to the listener. Do you have a particular song writing process?

 Scott: Every song is different, but I do like to draw from personal experiences to connect on a universal level. I’m not sure how that works, but somehow by letting people into my own head and life in a specific way, it makes it easy to apply to their lives I hope.

 Music Junkie Press: Here at Music Junkie Press, we are very strong believers how music can help, heal, inspire, can you recollect a particular time in your life, where music helped you through a hard or challenging time? Can you share that particular story with us?

 Scott: We half joke that this whole project is sorta self-therapy. Our break up was really brutally painful for both of us and we’re surprised that we’re where we are now. Creating and performing music together has really helped us move and figure out a new version of ourselves.

 Music Junkie Press:  That is so true. I think your music will provide that same therapy style release for the listener as well! Today, we live in such a digital world which unfortunately includes those digital demons who bully behind keyboards, what advice could you give to the youth about dealing with these digital demons?

Scott:  Man… I can’t imagine what those kids are going through. I had my own share of being picked on growing up whether it was for being Jewish or for being in band or just for being slightly different but never with the social media element. I wish someone had told me then that in the future, I’d surround myself with people who love me and make me a better person and the people who were bullies were and are just miserable people. Be yourself, be authentic, be honest. F%&* anyone that tries to tell you otherwise.

 Dani:  Be yourself, stay strong, and try to surround yourself with good people who support you.  Also, stick up for the underdogs.

Music Junkie Press: Your style of music brings to life my lost love of indie pop. What artists or musicians were most inspiring for you?

Scott:    Indie pop is such a weirdly named genre. We feel like we’re just making pop music that we like based on influences we love. But I think having the “indie” does give us some license to be a little different and to try some out-of-the-box things writing and production wise. For me, I grew up loving the Beatles and Billy Joel. Writers like Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and Ben Folds changed everything for me.

 Dani:   I grew up listing to a lot of pop music and that has definitely influenced me as a musician and adult. George Michael, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Madonna…

Music Junkie Press:  I think the great think about Indie: is that it allows for the musician to keep it their own individual style which I feel you two display very well in your music. If we had to peak into your Ipod, what artist or song might we be most surprised at finding in there?

 Scott: You’d be surprised at the lack of music on my iPod/iPhone. I’m all streaming now for better or worse. But people may be surprised at our shared love of 90’s r&b and rap

 Dani:   I don’t have a lot of music in there anymore, my iPhone has been so slow since my last software update and I didn’t do a great job backing it up to “the cloud” last update. So, I’d be surprised if you found any music in there besides TeamMate Demos and rough mixes.  .

 Scott:  She’s a narcissist is what she’s trying to say.

 Music Junkie Press: Will you be performing soon and if so, out here in California?

Dani:  We just did a bunch of shows in LA – LA Pride, Make Music Festival and some venue shows -and we’re trying to finish up this new music so we can play some more shows this fall!

Music Junkie Press:  I am bummed we missed your LA shows but we will look forward to Fall. If you could create the dream lineup, what three bands or artists would you choose to have on your bill with you?

 Scott:   Oh man… Maybe Deathcab For Cutie and Tegan and Sara???

 Music Junkie Press:  If you could go back to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give to yourself?

 Scott:  Everything you think is gonna happen isn’t and the stuff that does will amaze you. It’s gonna be a wild ride, so buckle up, 14-year old Scott. And don’t grow that goatee at age 17. It’s gonna be your weakest fashion moment.

 Dani:  “It’s all possible. All of it”

 Music Junkie Press:  We really look forward to what TeamMate has in store for us! Lastly, is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?

Scott:  Your audience and audiences of other blogs and non-traditional media are changing the music industry so rapidly. We truly appreciate your support and hope you’ll follow us online and stay in touch with us. We’d be excited to have ya on board for whatever comes next.

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We really look forward to more new music by TeamMate and hope you continue to check them out. Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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When faced with the many challenges and struggles in life, you always need a teammate to be there for you and become your personal cheerleading squad. Now there is an incredible indie pop duo who do just that with their music. TeamMate was formed out from the relationship break-up of drummer Dani Buncher and singer-keyboardist Scott Simons. Both of them were passionate about music and together have created inspiring songs that take you through their life journey.

We had the chance to talk with with Dani and Scott about their music and what TeamMate is working on. We are pleased to bring that interview to you here:

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Music Junkie Press: Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press.  We have to tell you that we love your uplifting and inspiring new track, Don’t Count Me Out. Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind that song?

 Scott: Thanks so much! We appreciate your support and kind words. I think the inspiration comes from our experiences. We’ve known each other almost half of our lives and have each been though some shit – together and separately. I think the song comes from experienced optimism. Like, we’re still standing, dammit.

 Music Junkie Press: What is TeamMate currently working on now?

 Dani: We have some new songs we’re excited to get done in the studio! We’ve been adding them to our live set and have gotten some nice feedback.

 Music Junkie Press: Your song not only brings out emotionally driven lyrics but leads a great connection to the listener. Do you have a particular song writing process?

 Scott: Every song is different, but I do like to draw from personal experiences to connect on a universal level. I’m not sure how that works, but somehow by letting people into my own head and life in a specific way, it makes it easy to apply to their lives I hope.

 Music Junkie Press: Here at Music Junkie Press, we are very strong believers how music can help, heal, inspire, can you recollect a particular time in your life, where music helped you through a hard or challenging time? Can you share that particular story with us?

 Scott: We half joke that this whole project is sorta self-therapy. Our break up was really brutally painful for both of us and we’re surprised that we’re where we are now. Creating and performing music together has really helped us move and figure out a new version of ourselves.

 Music Junkie Press:  That is so true. I think your music will provide that same therapy style release for the listener as well! Today, we live in such a digital world which unfortunately includes those digital demons who bully behind keyboards, what advice could you give to the youth about dealing with these digital demons?

Scott:  Man… I can’t imagine what those kids are going through. I had my own share of being picked on growing up whether it was for being Jewish or for being in band or just for being slightly different but never with the social media element. I wish someone had told me then that in the future, I’d surround myself with people who love me and make me a better person and the people who were bullies were and are just miserable people. Be yourself, be authentic, be honest. F%&* anyone that tries to tell you otherwise.

 Dani:  Be yourself, stay strong, and try to surround yourself with good people who support you.  Also, stick up for the underdogs.

Music Junkie Press: Your style of music brings to life my lost love of indie pop. What artists or musicians were most inspiring for you?

Scott:    Indie pop is such a weirdly named genre. We feel like we’re just making pop music that we like based on influences we love. But I think having the “indie” does give us some license to be a little different and to try some out-of-the-box things writing and production wise. For me, I grew up loving the Beatles and Billy Joel. Writers like Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and Ben Folds changed everything for me.

 Dani:   I grew up listing to a lot of pop music and that has definitely influenced me as a musician and adult. George Michael, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Madonna…

Music Junkie Press:  I think the great think about Indie: is that it allows for the musician to keep it their own individual style which I feel you two display very well in your music. If we had to peak into your Ipod, what artist or song might we be most surprised at finding in there?

 Scott: You’d be surprised at the lack of music on my iPod/iPhone. I’m all streaming now for better or worse. But people may be surprised at our shared love of 90’s r&b and rap

 Dani:   I don’t have a lot of music in there anymore, my iPhone has been so slow since my last software update and I didn’t do a great job backing it up to “the cloud” last update. So, I’d be surprised if you found any music in there besides TeamMate Demos and rough mixes.  .

 Scott:  She’s a narcissist is what she’s trying to say.

 Music Junkie Press: Will you be performing soon and if so, out here in California?

Dani:  We just did a bunch of shows in LA – LA Pride, Make Music Festival and some venue shows -and we’re trying to finish up this new music so we can play some more shows this fall!

Music Junkie Press:  I am bummed we missed your LA shows but we will look forward to Fall. If you could create the dream lineup, what three bands or artists would you choose to have on your bill with you?

 Scott:   Oh man… Maybe Deathcab For Cutie and Tegan and Sara???

 Music Junkie Press:  If you could go back to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give to yourself?

 Scott:  Everything you think is gonna happen isn’t and the stuff that does will amaze you. It’s gonna be a wild ride, so buckle up, 14-year old Scott. And don’t grow that goatee at age 17. It’s gonna be your weakest fashion moment.

 Dani:  “It’s all possible. All of it”

 Music Junkie Press:  We really look forward to what TeamMate has in store for us! Lastly, is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?

Scott:  Your audience and audiences of other blogs and non-traditional media are changing the music industry so rapidly. We truly appreciate your support and hope you’ll follow us online and stay in touch with us. We’d be excited to have ya on board for whatever comes next.

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They have also recently released the song, Don’t Count Me Out on Rostrum Records, which I love! It is a great pick me up track that provides an uplifting message of hope. Dani explains, “Don’t Count Me Out is a song we’ve drawn from personal experiences but hope it has a universal theme. We’ve been playing it live for awhile and the response from the audiences really helped us know how to produce the song for the studio version.”  and Scott mentions, “We’re excited to still be in each other’s lives and working towards something together. We couldn’t have guessed after all this time this is where we’d end up.”

Check out the track here:

 

We really look forward to more new music by TeamMate and hope you continue to check them out. Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

Information & Links:

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When faced with the many challenges and struggles in life, you always need a teammate to be there for you and become your personal cheerleading squad. Now there is an incredible indie pop duo who do just that with their music. TeamMate was formed out from the relationship break-up of drummer Dani Buncher and singer-keyboardist Scott Simons. Both of them were passionate about music and together have created inspiring songs that take you through their life journey.

They have just released the song, Don’t Count Me Out on Rostrum Records, which I love! It is a great pick me up track that provides an uplifting message of hope. Dani explains, Don’t Count Me Out is a song we’ve drawn from personal experiences but hope it has a universal theme. We’ve been playing it live for awhile and the response from the audiences really helped us know how to produce the song for the studio version.  and Scott mentions, We’re excited to still be in each other’s lives and working towards something together. We couldn’t have guessed after all this time this is where we’d end up.

Check out the track here:

 

Whatever you are facing or looking at that hill to climb, battling your own internal struggles,  this is your new Go To song that will give you that extra push to rise above it all. It has passionate vocals amid the dreamy synth melodies. It is very inviting and can transcend genres and I know will receive high praises by all music lovers. I really look forward to more new music from TeamMate.

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. We will see if we can bring you an interview with this dynamic inspiring duo!

~ Marisol

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Stephen

Stephen Sutton, the inspirational young teenager who battled cancer has died.  Stephen was diagnosed with cancer at age 15 and through his Stephen’s Story site, he touched the hearts of many. What began as a bucket list for him, turned into an amazing fund raising effort that his hard to believe.  Stephen has raised over $5.4 MILLION dollars in donations for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Just a few days ago, Stephen posted on his Facebook page that he was returning to the hospital due to breathing difficulties and recently Stephen’s mother made the following post:

My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 14th May. The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen throughout his journey. We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many.

Love,
His mom x

 

Stephen was so inspirational to everyone who knew him or even heard his story. He was not going to let cancer take over his life. As he said, 19 year old teenager with incurable cancer just trying to enjoy life as much as possible, while raising funds for charity to help others!!

We send our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Sutton family.  I hope we can all honor Stephen by continuing to make donations to the Teenage Cancer Trust in his honor. You can visit his donation page here: https://www.justgiving.com/stephen-sutton-TCT

~ Marisol

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SFBATKID

So how about a great feel good story amidst all the headlines of bad or depressing news???  Today through the Make-A-Wish-Foundation a young 5 year old, Miles Scott spent the day saving San Francisco as Bat Kid!  Young Miles as diagnosed with leukemia when he was only 18 months old, he ended his treatments earlier this year and is in remission. Miles wish was to spend the day as Batman.

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Miles came to San Francisco in order to pick up a Batman costume, little did he know over 7,000 volunteers have worked hard together to make his wish come true as he would fight crime and save San Francisco! Early this morning, it started with Miles watching a news broadcast on KGO-TV with Police Cheif Greg Suh calling for BatKid’s help in San Francisco. His first rescue was as he helped a damsel in distress on the cable car tracks in in Union Square. He then sped off in his Batmobile (a loaned Lambourghini emblazed with the Batman logo) with an adult Batman impersonator and they went off to nab the riddler at a bank on Montgomery St.  Thousands of onlookers watched and cheered as BatKid caught the Riddler in the heist at the bank vault and whisked him away in handcuffs.

A flashmob is scheduled after his lunch to call Batkid to help as the Penguin kidnaps the San Francisco Giant’s mascot – Lou Seal. The day will end with Mayor Ed Lee presenting the key to the city in gratitude of Batkid’s help. The Chronicle even has a special edition being distributed at the flashmob with the headlines “Batkid Saves The City” This is an amazingly touching and wonderful story and everyone should applaud BatKid!

I just love this story and how everyone rallied to make this little boy’s wish come true. He really is the real hero in this story.  You can tweet your messages to SFBatKid or hashtag your messages with #SFBatKid.  Also head over to the Make-a-wish Foundation site and make a donation today so they can help making wishes! Bepatient, their site has been inundated with the Batkid response but keep trying!

~ Marisol

Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech

May 22, 2013

I just received the news that the talented musician and wonderful soul, Zach Sobiech that I interviewed last December has passed away on May 20th. We all knew that Zach had just a few months to live since we spoke with him back then but it just breaks my heart. His positive outlook on life and death, truly touched me and I believe every person that he was in contact with was also touched by his fighting spirit and his pure love for all. He will be truly missed but never forgotten. His advice and words will live on and we can all learn from this brave young man. Here is a video documentary that SoulPancake made about Zach and his Last Days.

Here is the video of the Celebrities Clouds video:

Lastly, here is our tribute video to Zach Sobiech, we used his Go To Song for it, “Who Needs Air” by The Classic Crime.

 

I have also included our original interview with him. Please watch the video and also see how you can donate to the Zach Sobiech Research Fund of Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

~ Peace, Marisol

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Here at Music Junkie Press, we have always been firm believers that Music is the healer of the soul, mender of broken hearts, rainbow in the storm and a true friend. I even have the motto, “Know Music = Know Life, No Music = No Life” on my cards and as my personal way of life.  Some other well known quotes about music, some old and some new:

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley

“People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.” ― Taylor Swift

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ― Victor Hugo

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.  – Ludwig van Beethoven 

Music is the shorthand of emotion.  – Leo Tolstoy 

Also one of my main questions when I interview musicians has always been to inquire as to a particular time in one’s life when music helped them the most or saved them. I have heard so many wonderful stories of how music helps  but none more so than that of Zach Sobiech.

Zach Sobiech, a sweet faced 17 year old from Lakeland Minnesota  is using Music as a way to say his last goodbyes to family and friends. Zach was diagnosed at the young age of 14 with a rare form of bone cancer, Osteosarcoma. Zach has endured numerous surgeries, treatments and scans over the years and recently has found that the cancer had spread. Due to the spreading and no effective treatments left, Zach has been told he has only months or possibly a year left of his life. I will carry hope and keep Zach and his family in my prayers.

Through all of this, Zach had turned to music and even though he has been playing guitar since the age of 11, he recently wrote and recorded a song, “Clouds” as his way to say goodbye.  This song is phenomenal. I have reviewed hundreds and hundreds of songs and when I heard Zach’s song and heard it was his first recorded song, I was floored. He has such a beautiful voice and lyrically he has written some of the most awe-inspiring lyrics. I am telling you I can’t wait to listen to Zach’s other songs because this was really a treat.  His style is like Jason Mraz, David Gray, James Blunt but Zach brings his own uniqueness to his songs.  You can watch Zach’s video here:

Clouds is available for download on Itunes and the proceeds will go to the  Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.  You can read more about Zach’s story on the Children’s Cancer Research Fund Website. Please take the time to download the song and with a $20 donation you will receive a copy of Zach’s album “Blueberries” that features “Clouds”.

We were able to check in with Zach and get a short interview with him. Here it is:

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Music Junkie Press: HI Zach, Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press.  I had the chance to listen to your song “Clouds” and immediately bought it for download. It is beautiful and you are a very talented singer and songwriter!

How old were you when you first got the music bug and what instrument did you begin playing with?

Zach Sobiech:  I was 11 and my first instrument was the electric guitar

Music Junkie Press: If you could create the perfect dream lineup for a concert, what  three performers or bands would you like to have on the bill?

Zach Sobiech: Ed Sheeran, Passenger, Beruit

Music Junkie PressIf I could take a peek into your Ipod or Playlist, who would I find on the next three songs on shuffle?

Zach Sobiech: Blink 182, The Killers, & Katy Perry

Music Junkie Press: What is the guitar that you play?

Zach SobiechAcoustic LAG T300D, electric Gibson Les Paul Studio

Music Junkie Press: Do you have a dream guitar that you have wanted? I know I ask musicians about their dream equipment and some come up with a page and a half of their dream items!

Zach Sobiech: Gibson J200, Gibson ES335, Fender Telecaster with P90 pick-ups

Music Junkie Press: Do you have a particular writing process or song writing ritual?

Zach Sobiech: Not really, but I usually draw inspiration from nature.

Music Junkie PressDo you have any upcoming performances planned?

Zach SobiechYes, a few private shows for certain radio stations.

Music Junkie Press: Is there a particular venue that you always thought you would want to perform at?

 Zach Sobiech:  First Avenue and Shea Stadium

Music Junkie Press: At Music Junkie Press, we always discuss how music heals, changes your life or just takes you to a better place. Do you have any Go To songs that you have? The song that you put on to play that just takes you to a better place or a better into a better thought process?

Zach Sobiech“Who Needs Air?” and “Headlights” By the Classic Crime (local band)

Music Junkie Press: Being the holidays are upon us, how about telling us what is the craziest or funniest gift you have ever received?

Zach SobiechCanned Beets

Music Junkie Press: What is your favorite food from the Christmas Season?

Zach SobiechTortellini Soup

Music Junkie Press: Thank you so much for your time and we wish you all the best . We will be posting the video and information on how people can order the song and also Donate $20 to receive your full album, “Blueberries”

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Zach is truly an inspiration and please  join me in donating to his fund. We will continue to have hope and pray for the Sobiech family.  Zach has made such an impact in my life and I truly thank him for his gift of music.

~ Peace, Marisol

Zach Sobiech Links:

Children’s Cancer Research Fund Zach’s Page

Zach Sobiech’s Osteosarcoma Fund Page

Itunes link for song download

Dave Grohl at SXSW

Dave Grohl at SXSW

Dave Grohl inspires at SXSW

Dave Grohl delivers an incredibly inspiring Keynote Address at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Dave’s speech is absolutely remarkable to watch. His sense of humor and personality really shines through. If you are a musician, there is no way possible that you can watch this video and not be even more inspired and dedicated to music.

His speech goes on to recount his Do-it-Yourself  Recordings when he was just 12 years old and also how Nirvana changed his life and how he dealt with the death of Kurt Cobain.  You really have to watch it for yourself.

It possibly can be the best spent 60 minutes you spend to keep your motivation and dedication to music. My favorite quote is when Dave talks about when he first started playing guitar and how it absorbed him.

“I devoted every waking hour to playing music.

It became my religion, 

the record store; my church,

the Rock Stars; my saints

and their songs; my hymns”

Those words there ring true for so many and Dave really does inspire others to pick up that instrument and go ahead and play, write, sing; just find your own voice.

Truly amazing!

Here is the link where you can watch the entire speech.

http://www.npr.org/event/music/173331505/dave-grohls-sxsw-2013-keynote-speech

~ Enjoy, Marisol

Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech

Here at Music Junkie Press, we have always been firm believers that Music is the healer of the soul, mender of broken hearts, rainbow in the storm and a true friend. I even have the motto, “Know Music = Know Life, No Music = No Life” on my cards and as my personal way of life.  Some other well known quotes about music, some old and some new:

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley

“People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.” ― Taylor Swift

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ― Victor Hugo

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.  – Ludwig van Beethoven 

Music is the shorthand of emotion.  – Leo Tolstoy 

Also one of my main questions when I interview musicians has always been to inquire as to a particular time in one’s life when music helped them the most or saved them. I have heard so many wonderful stories of how music helps  but none more so than that of Zach Sobiech.

Zach Sobiech, a sweet faced 17 year old from Lakeland Minnesota  is using Music as a way to say his last goodbyes to family and friends. Zach was diagnosed at the young age of 14 with a rare form of bone cancer, Osteosarcoma. Zach has endured numerous surgeries, treatments and scans over the years and recently has found that the cancer had spread. Due to the spreading and no effective treatments left, Zach has been told he has only months or possibly a year left of his life. I will carry hope and keep Zach and his family in my prayers.

Through all of this, Zach had turned to music and even though he has been playing guitar since the age of 11, he recently wrote and recorded a song, “Clouds” as his way to say goodbye.  This song is phenomenal. I have reviewed hundreds and hundreds of songs and when I heard Zach’s song and heard it was his first recorded song, I was floored. He has such a beautiful voice and lyrically he has written some of the most awe-inspiring lyrics. I am telling you I can’t wait to listen to Zach’s other songs because this was really a treat.  His style is like Jason Mraz, David Gray, James Blunt but Zach brings his own uniqueness to his songs.  You can watch Zach’s video here:

Clouds is available for download on Itunes and the proceeds will go to the  Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.  You can read more about Zach’s story on the Children’s Cancer Research Fund Website. Please take the time to download the song and with a $20 donation you will receive a copy of Zach’s album “Blueberries” that features “Clouds”.

We were able to check in with Zach and get a short interview with him. Here it is:

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Music Junkie Press: HI Zach, Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press.  I had the chance to listen to your song “Clouds” and immediately bought it for download. It is beautiful and you are a very talented singer and songwriter!

How old were you when you first got the music bug and what instrument did you begin playing with?

Zach Sobiech:  I was 11 and my first instrument was the electric guitar

Music Junkie Press: If you could create the perfect dream lineup for a concert, what  three performers or bands would you like to have on the bill?

Zach Sobiech: Ed Sheeran, Passenger, Beruit

Music Junkie PressIf I could take a peek into your Ipod or Playlist, who would I find on the next three songs on shuffle?

Zach Sobiech: Blink 182, The Killers, & Katy Perry

Music Junkie Press: What is the guitar that you play?

Zach SobiechAcoustic LAG T300D, electric Gibson Les Paul Studio

Music Junkie Press: Do you have a dream guitar that you have wanted? I know I ask musicians about their dream equipment and some come up with a page and a half of their dream items!

Zach Sobiech: Gibson J200, Gibson ES335, Fender Telecaster with P90 pick-ups

Music Junkie Press: Do you have a particular writing process or song writing ritual?

Zach Sobiech: Not really, but I usually draw inspiration from nature.

Music Junkie PressDo you have any upcoming performances planned?

Zach SobiechYes, a few private shows for certain radio stations.

Music Junkie Press: Is there a particular venue that you always thought you would want to perform at?

 Zach Sobiech:  First Avenue and Shea Stadium

Music Junkie Press: At Music Junkie Press, we always discuss how music heals, changes your life or just takes you to a better place. Do you have any Go To songs that you have? The song that you put on to play that just takes you to a better place or a better into a better thought process?

Zach Sobiech“Who Needs Air?” and “Headlights” By the Classic Crime (local band)

Music Junkie Press: Being the holidays are upon us, how about telling us what is the craziest or funniest gift you have ever received?

Zach SobiechCanned Beets

Music Junkie Press: What is your favorite food from the Christmas Season?

Zach SobiechTortellini Soup

Music Junkie Press: Thank you so much for your time and we wish you all the best . We will be posting the video and information on how people can order the song and also Donate $20 to receive your full album, “Blueberries”

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Zach is truly an inspiration and please  join me in donating to his fund. We will continue to have hope and pray for the Sobiech family.  Zach has made such an impact in my life and I truly thank him for his gift of music.

~ Peace, Marisol

Zach Sobiech Links:

Children’s Cancer Research Fund Zach’s Page

Zach Sobiech’s Osteosarcoma Fund Page

Itunes link for song download