11 Artists You NEED To Listen To If You Love Piano

11 Artists You NEED To Listen To If You Love Piano

Keyboards don't often get the spotlight, but when they do, they definitely shine.
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Keyboard enthusiasts don't often find artists who utilize piano at the beginning of their songs. Here are 11 musicians who make music with piano... and do it well.

1. Regina Spektor

Spektor is a smart, powerful woman with catchy beats, and with such a diverse catalog, there's a song for everyone. What's not to love?

2. Ben Folds

With a few chart-toppers under his belt, this piano rock legend always uses keys at his forefront to create everything from intense jazzy tunes to beautifully sad ballads.

3. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Creating alternative beats, sing-a-long lyrics and spinning big stories with his songs, McMahon keeps his piano at the front of it all.

4. Sara Bareilles

An accomplished songwriter, Bareilles has eight albums AND a Broadway score among her credits. With a strong voice and skilled piano playing, she still manages to keep her songs diverse and interesting.

5. Tori Amos

Never afraid to put a powerful message into her music, Amos' red hair isn't the only reason she's considered so fiery.

6. Vienna Teng

Teng's eclectic music isn't for everyone, specifically her more haunting pieces, but any piano lover can agree she's talented on the keys.

7. Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon's music can be described as fun, 80s-style synth-rock. Lead singer Nicholas Petricca doubles as a keyboard/synth player, putting piano LITERALLY always at the front of the band.

8. Birdy

Making her way to the top covering others' songs on her piano, Birdy's unique voice and her skilled playing made her a sensation at only 15. Since, she's composed her own beautiful, piano-centered music.

9. Ingrid Michaelson

Michaelson's a seasoned musician who started out on piano, collaborating with Bareilles and many others while hitting charts a few times. Her music can be described as folk-pop and is definitely worth a listen.

10. Bowerbirds

A relatively unknown indie band, Bowerbirds always manage to jazz up their songs with keys leaving you feeling like you're in the middle of an indie film while you're listening.

11. Emily Bear

Classified as a jazz pianist, Bear has been composing intricate pieces since she was a small child, gaining notary from Ellen at the young age of six. Bear's music is for anyone who loves a good piano piece, as she never writes lyrics.

No matter your taste in music, if you like keys, you're bound to like one of these musicians. If not, there IS always Beethoven...

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Things To Do When You're So Bored All You Want To Do Is Cry

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Everyone has times when they have nothing to do and boredom strikes way too hard. From experience, I have found some top things to do when you literally have nothing else to do!

1. Clean

Not super fun, but will keep you busy.

2. Netflix

Find a new show to binge watch. Watched them all? Rewatch something you haven't seen in a while!

3. Shopping

Retail therapy can always keep you busy.

4. Make a home cooked meal

Spend some time in the kitchen and make something yummy! Even invite some friends.

5. Visit friends/ family

Pop in on some people you care about that you haven't seen in a while!

6. Write

Writing is something we all do and is a great way to express ourselves!

7. Exercise

Hit the gym or go for walk, do something to keep you nice and fit.

8. Volunteer

Go to an animal shelter, food bank, museums, or anywhere in your area that needs help.

9. Look for a job

If you're bored, maybe getting a part time job will keep you a little occupied. Plus it's extra money in your pocket.

10. Draw/ do something artsy

Even if you think you're a bad artist, drawing is something fun to do! You'll get better in time.

11. Join an Odyssey Team!

Writing articles through the Odyssey is an amazing experience and can always keep you busy!

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