Song Review: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Upon Wings

Over the summer, I wanted to do something different for my summer Tune Tuesday series and I got the idea to let other artists that not only do I enjoy but everybody would get to know and love too. Anne Erickson of Upon Wings wrote a couple of great pieces back in June and I really appreciated that she took the time out of her life to do something as great as this for all of us. Upon Wings have been working a lot lately to release some new music to their fans and this week, we got a treat with a Christmas song. Well, technically, it’s two songs mashed up into one track, but you get what I’m trying say, right?

So, this starts off with a section of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and I really like the acoustic guitar in the introduction. It has a light vibe going about it but you still get a happy feeling as it goes on. To me Anne’s voice is in a darker tone but I actually like it. They are a rock opera band so it sounds kind of mysterious but it’s gentle and still has that cheerful quality you’d normally hear with a song like this.

Now when the next song starts up, you still have the same elements playing on, but the only subtle additions are the drums and violins in the background. This song is called “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and just for fun, I watched the movie A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey in it and this song is sung by a family group begging for money on the sidewalk. When I saw this, I instantly remember that scene and the fact that I haven’t finished watching it yet. Anyways, the track does pick up pace once we move onto this song. and we get a nice guitar solo and everything sounds really lovely together.

It was a nice little surprise for not only the fans  (myself included) but the actual track was really great. I like different variations of songs, that’s why I enjoy listening to covers and remixes on a daily basis. However I know, when it comes to Christmas music, it can be a little daunting because you’re so used to hearing them in one way and to find them in a completely different singer and most importantly new genre, it can really make you into a critic really quick, but you can’t hate on the artist(s) that do remake these beloved songs because they’re only reinventing them into what they like to listen to on a daily basis, you know? So, I give Upon Wings a lot of credit for putting this together for this holiday!

What do you think Upon Wings’s new take to these traditional Christmas songs? How are you about the various versions of your favorite holiday songs? Have you ever been converted into one or the other before?

What Is My Happy Place?

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As promised in my post of Alison Wonderland’s album review, I’m talking about my happy place.

I actually had some issues when it came to putting a title together, I kept second guessing myself with saying either “what” or “where” is my happy place, because for many people out there, that exact place may not even exist. Maybe at one point of time, but it’s not there anymore.

So what is mine? It’s kind of like asking what my ideal day would be, it’s a hard question to answer. For most people, they’d probably say it would either be outside with the cats or sitting in front of my laptop, blogging, tweeting on end and I can’t blame them for automatically assuming those statuses, but it’s far from the truth.

As you may know, I love both history and music a lot. I do a massive amount of research for both topics on a weekly basis, because I am so interested in them, but not a lot of people know the back stories of them though and why I won’t exactly go to school for either subject, and that’s what I’m going to be discussing in today’s post.


First off, history. I’ve always been into various areas of history since elementary school. I remember learning about Pompeii while I was in third grade, we were given these little magazines and our teacher allowed us to look through and it had dinosaurs in it – this was before scientists were brave enough to tell us kids that they are more related to birds, and so had feathers! Anywho, it also had a section about the burnt bodies of both Pompeii and Herculean. I wasn’t allowed to watch too much gore-y stuff on TV at this time, but something about this was fascinating to me! I cannot tell you how many documentaries I’ve watched over the years about this one event.

I’ve never really been interested in learning American history. In my defense, having to take history classes every year was a little annoying! It was forced down your throat and it never became fun until I hit both of my sophomore and junior years of high school. I had World History and U.S. History, and even though we only had two weeks to learn one section at a time, I actually had pretty good grades in both of those classes!

Now you’re probably wondering how did my obsession for the British royals come about? Well, I like to throw the blame at my mom because she loved Lady Diana Spencer and still hates Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall! Honestly though, I wasn’t really interested in the royals as a kid. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I watched The Other Boleyn Girl and I was really curious about these early royals. At the end of the film, it gives you little pieces of information of what happened next and discusses Queen Elizabeth and it placed an “I” after her name and I did not what that meant and I kind of got curious about who was the second Queen Elizabeth and that’s how it happened!

Now let’s talk about the music part.

I had different family members trying to influence me in some way, but I don’t think anybody wiggled their way through the maze better than my mother! Since she was a teenager in the 1980’s, she was into the early days of hip hop and so I was given N.W.A., The Notorious B.I.G., and Salt n Pepa at a very young age. I was very much into West Coast rap music  because of her. She also got me into Mariah Carey and Prince too. So it was a whole array of different music coming and going whenever I was around her.

The runner up of the pack would have been my papaw. I have a lot memories of him listening to his fairly large stereo system in the living room. My nana hated it because he would have the volume up pretty loud, Christmas at my grandparent’s was interesting from time to time because it was sort of a tradition to have a Stan Kenton holiday album playing as everybody was unwrapping their gifts, but towards the early 00’s, his stereo suddenly stopped working altogether. He always said something was broken. He used to have a LOT of records, mostly of Stan Kenton, but he also had some Nat King Cole in there too, which I’ve always found interesting but in his defense, my papaw liked playing the piano so he generally wanted to learn to anybody who was good at that specific instrument.

Once I was in school, I was always influenced by what my friends were listening to, which is probably how I got into the boy bands. I actually don’t remember how I came about the Backstreet Boys. And I usually remember everybody’s origin story if you will, so the fact that I cannot figure it out is weird to me. Anyways, once I hit the end of high school and discovered the joy of rock music, I really dived into the genre as a whole and since I had nobody else, that was really telling me to check these bands out, I really got to do the learning all by myself and in those five years, I can safely say that I respect the pioneers but enjoy the modern rockers and different subgenres.

So these are my happy places, discovering new music for not only myself but for other people, which is one of the reasons why I was so into the idea of adding “music” to my normal routine on here! As for learning and speaking about different parts of history, especially the royal department, I am getting more comfortable about discussing it online but not exactly on here yet. That’s why I enjoy creating different themes with History Of Royal Women, because it’s a place where I can truly be out in the open with myself. They both have ways to keep me happy and distracted at times too!

What is your happy place?

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June Playlist

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So… June’s been very eventful!

I had to change up my weekly routine for this week a bit. If Nolan had decided to stay in and bake a little longer, I would have a review or my second half of movies that are coming out this year up right now. I still don’t know what all I’m going to do with July as a whole, so there may be a smaller amount of posts going up than the regular 15! I don’t think anybody would mind that though.

June has had a good selection of music come out, majority of it on one single day: the 15th. 5 Seconds Of Summer to Christina Aguilera, they all had an album come out at one time! Mike Shinoda’s album Post Truamtic also came out that day, you’re probably wondering if I’ll review that too, but I on’ think so. The LP that was released in March was enough for me to handle, so nope.

Not A love Song by Bulow
I Know You by Craig David
Weekend by Priory
The Hills by The Weeknd
Exhumed by Zola Jesus
The Crown by Zayde Wolf
Words As Weapons by Seether
Never Be by Meg Mac
Weightless by Natasha Bedingfield
Something Better by Audien featuring Lady Antebellum

If you’d like to check out the full playlist for June, click this link now!

This month, I decided to do something different for my Tune Tuesday series and let an artist from a band I’ve been listening to for the past two or three years, write up a couple of pieces and Anne gave me some really good and interesting material to use on here. However, she will not be back for July, but hopefully both of our schedules will clear up a little so she can come back for either August or September.

Of course, here are the last few reviews I’ve done for June as well, as promise I’m including the one from the last week of May too! So if you never got to read them and have a little bit of time on your hands, you can do that now.

Speak Your Mind by Anne-Marie | Unusual by Marian Hill | R.O.S.E. by Jessie J | Modern Alchemy by ZAYDE WOLF

What were you listening to for the month of June?

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Tune Tuesday | Where Does The Name ‘Upon Wings’ Come From? by Anne Erickson

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We’re back with the second Tune Tuesday post featuring Upon Wings lead vocalist Anne Erickson!

Are you loving these pieces so far? Everybody seems to love them, which is really great for the band as the more we do this, people who have never heard of them will grow more curious about their music and eventually want to check them out, which is something that I strive for on a daily basis. That’s what every music blogger wants to do, inspire people to look into this artist or group, so that maybe they’ll start to love them and become a steady fan, if that’s an actual term for musical purposes!

Today, Anne will be discussing how the name Upon Wings came about and I think it’s a very touching story on how different things, like verses or words in general can touch and help us create something entirely new! So I hope you all will enjoy it!


When I was thinking of different band names, I wanted something simple and something that somehow felt right with the band’s sound. I was looking at different places for inspiration, and I looked through the Bible for some inspiration and ideas and I read Isaiah 40:31:

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The phrase “Upon Wings” stood out to me. To me, that phrase implies depending on something outside of yourself in times of need. It could be God, a friend or family member or something else to help you in some way. There are times in life when all of us will need to rest “Upon Wings” of Eagles to soar.


How is that for an answer?! I really loved hearing about this, because I remember the afternoon I found Upon Wings and literally I thought how the band name came about, honestly for most bands with out of the box names, this is usually the first thing that pops into my head!

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Tune Tuesday | What Inspired You To Create “Upon Wings” by Anne Erickson

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If you’re new to my blog, you may not know that summer is like a big season for Got Meghan’s Blog. I usually do a series talking about music from all over the world. I really enjoy searching for new artists and bands and write the posts afterwards. I have found tons of incredible musicians since I started this back in 2014, but I’m literally running out of music in some places that I figured would be an never-ending supply. Once I made this assessment, I realized that if I wanted to continue with the Tune Tuesday series as a whole, I would need more time so I thought it would be cool to call in some reinforcements!

What I have in store for you are a few pieces by an artist that I’ve been looking up to in the last few years. This person is a lead singer of the rock opera band called Upon Wings. Her name is Anne, and she has been freaking awesome about doing this, but honestly I’m doing this for her as well. I’m giving her free promotion on here. This is who I am as both a music blogger and a friend, I don’t want anything else besides that and I know she’d appreciate it just as much, so without further do, I really hope you enjoy these articles she’s gladly written up for us!


Music has always been a part of my life since I was four years old. My parents took me to musical theater productions when I was super young, and I fell in love. That was my introduction to music!

Pretty soon, I got into opera and studied voice, and then later, I discovered rock and metal. I started writing music for Upon Wings, and actually recorded some songs but kept it to myself. A few years later, an incident in my life nudged me to release one of those songs, “The Dream.” I made my own music video to go with the song and posted it on YouTube. I was so touched and floored by the positive response I got from people who were discovering my music from that video. Those people inspired me to push further and release a debut EP “Afterlife” from Upon Wings.


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EP Review: “Songs Of The Whispering Things” by ANÚNA

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ANÚNA are a choral group made up by Irish singers, including their director and composer Michael McGlynn. Their music is made up of traditional Irish songs and hymns, plus some are completely new written by Mr. McGlynn as well. They tend to have an a Capella sound, less music and more about the message of the song itself. However in this EP they are working with the Ulster Orchestra. The songs were inspired by Irish poet Francis Ledwidge.

The first track is simply titled “May” and you mostly hear the most eternal sound in the world. I love choirs so much, so this is technically a weakness of mine! In these types of songs you basically have to pay attention to the words, this is actually one of Francis’s poems. It is a beautiful start. You hear everybody – unfortunately I don’t know anybody in the group besides Michael so I apologize there! The second is “Midnight” which features the Ulsters Orchestra, there is a beautiful female soloist but I do not know her name. Surprisingly, I love a men’s choir than an all girl’s, don’t ask me why. I’ve always been more amazed in a man’s voice in these more controlled moments in a choral atmosphere! It starts like a very plain a Capella song but then you can slowly hear the symphony chime in and I sensed a more exotic sound, like Chinese than Irish! I still like it though!

Next is “August” is a lot shorter than the first one. It is less than two minutes long, but it is very beautiful! I kind of felt this had a dark but romantic tone. I really liked that and thought it was interesting. Fourth was a song called “Behind The Closed Eye” which features Kenneth Edge, who plays saxophone. Another weakness I have! Surprisingly, it is an interesting instrument to place into a song like this. You’re used to only hearing a sax in jazz and blues music, not something such as Celtic music! I thought it was very neat! The song sort of has a dark undertone, so I think it gave it a lighter vibe to it.

After is “My Songs Shall Rise” and it is another track that is uses the whole choir. I think it was hauntingly beautiful, especially around these high notes! The next one is “Where All Roses Go” and it features the Ulster Orchestra again. This one has Michael as the soloist. I think this is another one with a dark tone. It has a more traditional Irish sound, and you can tell right away. I don’t know why but it gives me like it belongs on the battlefield, just the vibe I’m getting from it while hearing it through my headphones. Last one, I added this onto my June Playlist as the group’s song to be featured. I thought it was gorgeous but didn’t even realize it was new until like a day later. Anyways, it is called “When The War Is Over” and this has a more somber vibe to it. I’m feeling the same way I did with the previous track.

I think this type of music makes you appericate what a person can do with just their voice, because you’re basically getting the essentials with three of the tracks having various of instruments playing within them too. I mostly go with how I feel afterwards, since I’m programmed to look at the lyrics in that anymore I basically let my mind flow, which is why with these darker and somber tracks were taking me to places like battlefields, I just go wherever the sound takes me.

Are you a fan of ANÚNA? What do you think of their newest extended play?

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Tune Tuesday | Switzerland ’17

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Today is the last day for Tune Tuesday! I hope you have enjoy this year’s worldwide lineup. I find it very fun to end it on a new country to the lineup: Switzerland! If you’re wondering why I’m not adding USA onto the list, that’s because I have something pretty fun brewing right now so you’ll have to be on the look out for that soon.

Back in February I was watching a special on our PBS channel and it was about the creations of some of the scariest stories to come out of England in the 1800’s. Mary Shelley and her husband Percy along with her stepsister Claire plus Lord Bryon and John William Polidori stayed in a villa by Lake Genova in Switzerland. The weather was awful so they had to spend their days and nights indoors, to pass time they told stories and poems. Lord Bryon basically told them all to write the scariest story they can come up with and thus Mary Shelley created parts of the first draft of “Frankenstein” while Polidori began working on his first story “Vampyre” which would be about the modern vampire of the day.

I thought it was very neat for an hour show. It’s always stayed there in the depths of my brain so I kind of told myself early on that I needed to create a Tune Tuesday of Switzerland so I could tell you about it. Now back to the music!

I had to have some help with finding some Swiss music so I put out a tweet that I was looking for anybody to help me out and I actually found a blogger who is a native of Switzerland. Solange gave me a whole list of different music which I thought was very nice and I’m hoping that’ll help me out the next time I do this! She suggested I look into a duo as I’ve gathered, they’re called Dabu Fantastic and they seem to do pop/ubran music in their native tongue which I love! They kind of remind me of a Swiss version of The Chainsmokers and I mean that in the nicest way. They’re pretty good!

The other one she gave me was a female singer Stefanie Heinzmann, like Dabu Fantastic I am not familiar with her, but there are some differences with her as she tends to have an indie-pop sound like Zella Day and Ingrid Michaelson. As I’ve managed to find on Spotify, she does her music in English and has a wonderful voice!

Are there any other music acts from Switzerland that you think I should look into? Let me know!

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