zach zurn // singer | songwriter | producer


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NO, Ariana Grande, Pop and Indie Rock // TUNES

I've been jamming some songs/albums recently that I want to share with you. You may be surprised at seeing these artists compiled into one list, but I see some cool similarities between these artists.

  1. Meghan Trainor

  2. Ariana Grande

  3. Colony House

  4. Great Awakening

I'm sure you've heard of the first two and most of you may not have heard of the final two, but these songs are brilliant! (I've embedded a Spotify Playlist below with the songs)


Meghan Trainor is well known her "all about that bass, 'bout that bass, no treble" song. As this song gets stuck in everyone's head, the one that I can't shake is her song "NO". The way she combines melody and speaking brings an element of surprise to the song. It gives you a slight break in the tune - and then when the melody busts in in the chorus, it hooks you! Also, I cannot get enough of that buzzy "boy band pop" synth in the verses. Plus, the lyrics are dope. I'm not a woman, but I'm all for ladies confidently shrugging off creepy dudes. If you haven't heard her music before, you may know her as the woman who fell flat on her face at the end of her performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. There could be worse things for being known for.


To be honest, although this song is relatively new, this tune screams nostalgia for me. Back in elementary school I was the biggest Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and N'Sync fan. "Into You" brings me back to those grade school memories of walking around the perimeter of our schoolyard with India Garms to "Genie in a Bottle" blasting on the announcement speakers.

COLONY HOUSE // "Waiting For My Time to Come" & "Glorious"

Some may compare this band to early Coldplay. I think that's a fair comparison. This band seemed to have popped out of nowhere. Their combination of catchy pop melodies, mixtures of indie rock, and guitar driven sounds gripped me from the first listen. I'm calling this one early: Colony House is going to blow up. Jump on the bandwagon now so you don't get made fun of later when everyone and their mom goes to their sold out concerts.

GREAT AWAKENING // "Figure it Out"

This band is THE BEST. They released an album called "Songs in Secret" years ago that inspired me as a songwriter. They took a few years off to get adult life figured out or something, but they're back and more amazing than ever. What you will hear on their album "Figure It Out" is catchy pop melodies blended with tight pocket drum beats, classic synthesizer sounds, and guitar licks that chime. Turn this album on and never turn it off.

At the end of the day, amidst varying genres and backgrounds, these artists bring catchy and memorable melodies to the table partnered with timeless and modern instrumentals. That's why you sing these songs in the shower and that's why I'm blogging about them now. We all get hooked by clever songwriting.

go from good to GREAT // GUITAR

If you are looking to take your skill as a guitar player to the next level, you have a few options:

  1. Register for extremely expensive lessons at your local music shop.
  2. Signup for that sketchy website with the terrible user interface that guarantees your "rock'n'roll" status in 3 easy steps.
  3. Try to teach yourself with no help and spend 182,893,434 times the amount of time it should take to learn one new trick.
  4. Give up because it's hard and sulk in your sadness.

If none of these work, you have two final options:

  1. Take lessons with me. It will be fun. (seriously)
  2. Subscribe to Articulate Guitar on YouTube FOR FREE and be amazed.

To be clear, this blog post is about a new website/YouTube channel I stumbled across called Articulate Guitar. I've been so impressed by the professionalism, organization, conciseness, teachability, free access, and tips/tricks that Articulate Guitar offers. Did I mention that it's FREE?!

Ian White, the creator and curator of Articulate Guitar, keeps the following statement as the backbone of this musical service.

"Traditionally, the process of becoming a competent guitarist has been defined either by monolithic, laborious personal lessons, or sporadic, inefficient digital resources. Articulate was designed to synthesize the utility of a personalized lesson program with the freedom of self-guided practice, allowing each player to learn effectively while maintaining personal expression. It's time to make your music say what you mean."

Stay tuned to Articulate Guitar on their website and YouTube channel. In the words of Ian White, "It's time to make your music say what you mean."