“Sick at Sea”: Frank Phillips

“Frank Phillips is an English major at MTSU who makes music and writes fiction in his free time. The music encompasses a wide array of styles and moods ranging from alternative to punk to experimental electronic. But in this single, a lighter, more hopeful attitude was used, with musical inspirations coming from lo-fi hip-hop instrumentals and freak folk artists such as CocoRosie and Joanna Newsom.”

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“Sick at Sea” is available for listening from a variety of sources:

SoundCloud (free download):
https://soundcloud.com/humanitiesregress/sick-at-sea
Bandcamp (free download):
https://humanitiesregress.bandcamp.com/releases
Apple Music: itunes.apple.com/us/album/sick-at…ingle/1441160247
Spotify: open.spotify.com/track/79N3NVDdR0zCci3qMrActN

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“Old Fashioned” — Jessica Yellowitz

 

MTSU Creates is pleased to welcome Songstress Jessica Yellowitz back to our pages with her song “Old Fashioned,” the second song on her E.P. The Very Beginning.

In case you missed the last post about her, Jessica is a commercial songwriting major at MTSU and a long-time singer/performer/guitarist. As the school year draws to a close, her schedule hasn’t slowed, but is filled with spring and summer travel and tour dates, mostly in or near her Virginia home.

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Part of the tour included a stop at The Whiskey Room, in Franklin, TN, where she performed in a song-writers’ spotlight with two other MTSU songwriter/performers. Catch a glimpse of that performance, and check out more of her songs on Soundcloud and/or Spotify. You can keep up her busy schedule on her website or Facebook page.

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“Life is Sweet” — Jessica Yellowitz

Jessica Yellowitz is a commercial songwriting major at MTSU and a long-time singer/performer/guitarist. Perhaps you’ve seen her performing in the tour room lobby, where she plays for prospective students and their parents, or heard her sing The National Anthem at the MTSU women’s basketball game on January 18th. Hailing from Northern Virginia, the 20-year-old has performed mostly in the Washington D.C. area, but we’re looking forward to seeing more of her in Murfreesboro and the Middle Tennessee area.

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Jessica’s single “Life is Sweet” was noted as one of the top ten songs in the national Faith, Love, and Song songwriting competition in 2016, and MTSU Creates is proud to present it to you. Jessica has been recording at Suckerpunch Recording Studio in Bethesda, Maryland, and her EP The Very Beginning is available on iTunes. You can also hear Jessica on Soundcloud, Spotify, and YouTube.

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To learn more about Jessica, check out her web and Facebook pages:

http://www.jessicayellowitzmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JYellowitz.songwriter/

 

“Never Yours”: a new song from Anna Waggoner

 

“Never Yours” is the most recent release from MTSU singer-songwriter, Anna Waggoner. After writing the song on piano in just a few hours, she originally imagined the finished recording as a stripped down, piano/vocal version. However, with the help of MTSU producer Matt “Maccabee” Drozd, who recorded and produced the song, the final recording of “Never Yours” is even more breathtaking than Anna could’ve dreamed when she wrote it. Maccabee’s suggestion to add multiple instrumental layers to the track made it sound fuller, which juxtaposed the emptiness of the song’s emotion.

 

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Anna wrote the song and performed all piano, guitar, and vocal parts on the track. MTSU RIM student Garret Rounsavall plays bass on the track, and MTSU Film student Matt Do took the Cover photo. The song is now on SoundCloud, and will also be on the upcoming EP release from MTSU’s Recording Industry Fraternity, Omega Delta Psi. Anna feels blessed to have collaborated with such talented people, and she hopes you love the track as much as she does.

 

For more information on any of the people who helped out with “Never Yours”:

More original tunes from Anna https://soundcloud.com/anna-waggoner

Original music from Maccabee https://soundcloud.com/madspittinmaccabee

More photography from Matt, Instagram: @matttdo 

Info about Garret, Instagram: @garret1993

 

Bronson Mahrt: “Trippin’ on Her”

With great thanks to Bronson Mahrt for supplying MTSU Creates‘ first post, we revisit his hometown band, Two Piece Dalmatian, to listen to “Trippin’ on Her”

Bronson is the writer, bass player, and singer for Two Piece Dalmatian, an OKC psych-pop band. “Stylistically, the group creates a sonic experience that fuses the rhythm based grooves of Hip-Hop and R&B with the cosmic and shimmering tones of both modern and classic psychedelia. …The group is best known for highly interactive and engaging shows that have been known to include a variety of exciting acts of showmanship. Fans generally expect to witness frontman Bronson Mahrt perform a variety eccentric stunts that range stage climbing to eating a handful of lit cigarettes. Two Piece Dalmatian is an excellent band to catch for those who are looking for a high energy pop group that certainly likes to get weird.” You can keep up with the group on Instagram and Twitter–@2piecedalmatian–or check out their Facebook page.

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Anna Waggoner: “Lips of a Stranger”

Nashville based singer-songwriter and MTSU Recording Industry student Anna Waggoner wrote her first song when she was 10 years old, and has been in love with songwriting ever since. Her songs span multiple genres, and she cites her main influences as James Taylor, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, and Taylor Swift. Playing guitar, piano, ukulele, harmonica, and self-recording most of her songs, Anna is a musician as well as a wordsmith. Lyrics are usually her favorite part of a song, and she tries to write lyrics that are introspective and cognizant of the human condition.

 

Anna keeps God at the core of everything she does, and she feels her purpose in life is to inspire others. She hopes that as you listen to her music, you will be comforted, encouraged, and inspired.

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Along with releasing her music online, Anna debuts many of her songs on her weekly radio show, “Around The Waves” on WMTS 88.3 FM. She has been a radio DJ for the past few years, and was recently hired at another radio station as an on-air personality.

 

“Lips of a Stranger” is her most recent release, and is fairly different from anything she’s released prior. If you like this song, you can check out more of her music at https://soundcloud.com/anna-waggoner . You can also keep up with her on social media @AnnaE_Nashville to get updates about her song releases and radio show. 

“Nostalgia” by Two Piece Dalmatian

MTSU student Bronson Mahrt is the writer, bass player, and singer for Two Piece Dalmatian. As reviewed for an Oklahoma festival appearance, “Two Piece Dalmatian is an OKC native psych-pop band. Their debut single, ‘Trippin’ On Her,’ was released November 17th, 2016. Their second single, ‘Nostalgia,’ featuring Ellerie West, was released July 28th, 2017. Stylistically, the group creates a sonic experience that fuses the rhythm based grooves of Hip-Hop and R&B with the cosmic and shimmering tones of both modern and classic psychedelia. The group is best showcased at a high energy venue. The overall aesthetic of a Two Piece Dalmatian show is one of glam and revelry. The group is best known for highly interactive and engaging shows that have been known to include a variety of exciting acts of showmanship. Fans generally expect to witness frontman Bronson Mahrt perform a variety eccentric stunts that range stage climbing to eating a handful of lit cigarettes. Two Piece Dalmatian is an excellent band to catch for those who are looking for a high energy pop group that certainly likes to get weird.” You can keep up with the on Instagram and Twitter–@2piecedalmatian–or check out their Facebook page.

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