Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Man I'm Spending My Nights With

I discovered this artist through Glee; he portrays of Blaine Anderson, the lead singer at a rival school's Glee club. He stole my heart right away with his stunning good looks, obvious talent and amazing voice.

His name is Darren Criss. He's a classically trained violinist who began playing at the age of five. He later taught himself guitar, piano, cello, mandolin and drums. He's also played Harry Potter in productions done by Team Starkid, a theater company formed by fellow students at the University of Michigan.

It took me a while, but eventually I said to myself, I wonder if he's done anything else? So I looked into him on iTunes. Turns out, he released a self-produced EP (extended play) album containing five songs. It set me back $4.95. Best five bucks I've ever spent. I've been listening to those five songs obsessively, and daily, as I drive back and forth across America in the wee hours of the night. I am sick that he doesn't have anything else for me to listen to. What the hell is he waiting for? Doesn't he know I need the music in me??

On those five tracks, he plays guitar or piano as his only accompaniment. I love the guitar work; the scratching, the sliding of the fingers over the frets. LOVE. He doesn't have any "videos" really, other than ones I've found that people have recorded at live events, but the audio quality of those aren't so great. So here are the five songs, which play via YouTube, but it's just audio, no video.

Check them out by clicking on each title. It'll take you to YouTube and you can listen to it there:

Human (Fun!)

Sami (LOVE this one! In fact, I'm humming it as I type this.)

(The guitar on this is fantastic. It's addicting.)

Don’t You (Catchy.)

Not Alone (Beautiful song.)

I can't wait for him to come out with more stuff. I'll be looking for it on iTunes and I'll definitely be buying whatever he puts out.

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