Craig Ferry

Welcome to this week’s weekly Spotify playlist, “Music Makes Me”.  Last week I talked about a band out of Maryland who one member started out right here in southwest PA. This week is even closer to my home.  I am spotlighting the band Shiva Skydriver.  Even though they play with others periodically, the band’s primary members are Kelsey James and Ed Skero. They have been playing together since 2008 and have released two full length...

‘Music Makes Me’ – Vol 6. – B Side Spotify Playlist

Hopefully you got an opportunity this past month to check out some local bands. If you are in the SW PA area, maybe you were able to hear someone in my ‘Homegrown’ article last month. If you are younger, you may not understand what I’m referencing with the title of this month’s Spotify playlist ‘B Side’. When artists released a new single, the only media to distribute music was vinyl. Obviously there was no Spotify...

Craig Ferry

Welcome to week 2 of the Music Makes Me series. I have been really excited to search for new music for you for the weekly Spotify playlist.  So much so that I have also started a YouTube playlist that will contain different videos from the same artists that I feature in my Facebook group each day. The artist that I discovered this week is from our neighboring state of Maryland. All Time Low is a...

Craig Ferry

Starting in mid March, I created a Facebook group, Music Makes Me, where I share a music video daily. Similarly to my monthly series of the same name, I try to explore music from different genres, locations and points in time. But with the Facebook group, you don’t have to wait a month to hear something new. There is a new song every day for your enjoyment.  For those of you that would rather just...

‘Music Makes Me’ – Vol. 5 – Homegrown Spotify Playlist

I talked last month about expanding your musical experience and perhaps shattering some genre stereotypes with my ‘Judas Kiss’ article. May has now arrived and with it hopefully some warmer weather and if we’re lucky some outdoor shows and music festivals. In case you only attend national acts at shows I want to just expose the tip of the iceberg with some great SW Pennsylvania bands. I’m also going to limit it even a bit...

‘Music Makes Me’ – Vol. 4 – Easter Eggs Spotify Playlist

March was the month of thinking that there may not be any good music coming out of the USA with my ‘Import Charge’ playlist. Don’t worry though, in July I will be addressing that very question. But for this month I will be smashing a perceived stereotype of a specific genre of music with my ‘Easter Eggs’ Spotify playlist. This month is Easter and so it’s the time of year where if you attend to...

‘Music Makes Me’ – Vol. 3 – Import Charge Spotify Playlist

February was the month of broken romance with my ‘Love Songs?’ playlist. But this month we are sneaking across the American border with my Spotify playlist ‘Import Charge’. I know I never really paid attention to the country of origin for most bands. Sure most people, even if it was before your time, remember hearing about the ‘British Invasion’ in music. Bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were the recipients of young ladies...

‘Music Makes Me’ – Vol. 2 – Love Songs? Spotify Playlist

January was the month of ‘New Beginnings‘ and February is the month of romance.  This makes perfect sense since it is the month that has Valentines Day.  People are buying flowers, eating dark chocolates out of gaudy heart shaped boxes or creating a sappy Spotify playlist of romantic music.  Others may pick this month to propose or get married, as it is the month for lovers.  But that isn’t the case for everyone.  Some people...

Craig Ferry

Last month I wrote an article about creating the playlist, ‘Story of Craig’, and the impact that it had on me. Selecting the songs from my past and reliving the memories associated with them was an emotional rollercoaster. Little did I realize how this article would touch other people as well. I received emails, texts and messages from people telling me they created their own playlists. One particular person gave me her top 10 songs...

Making the moment last a lifetime – The Playlist of Our Lives

Music That Makes Me I received an advent calendar this year that is all about doing things for other people. Well a couple days back, the thing to do that day was to make a playlist for someone. I hadn’t given it a lot of thought until my oldest mentioned that she’d like to be the recipient of the playlist. Now my brain went into overdrive on the perfect playlist. Obviously I could go many...