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Thursday, August 30, 2012

I Won a Guitar Signed By Gavin DeGraw Y'all!

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                         Amongst the people of this world who identify themselves as believers in the grace and glory of online contests and promos, I would be a zealot.

Life has many good things in store for those who actively seek them. Contests are nothing less than these good things, only that they come with instructions, promo periods and shipping. I have witnessed the marvel of joining these online contests a handful of times already with utterly fulfilling results. But so far, nothing comes close to what I’ve just won last week from watching a live TV concert: A SIGNED SQUIER ELECTRIC GUITAR SIGNED BY ONE OF MY MUSICAL HEROES, GAVIN DEGRAW! (Courtesy of the cool and incredible people over at AXS TV Concerts!). And it just arrived at our doorstep earlier today!

So now you might be asking, “Who is this Gavin DeGraw? And why is this overly dramatic yet fine-looking  pseudo-blogger so hooked to his music?”

For starters, if you’re a fan of the popular TV drama One Tree Hill, then you’d know that its theme song “I Don’t Wanna Be” was written and performed by Gavin DeGraw himself. DeGraw is also the voice behind hits like “Chariot”, “Follow Through”, “In Love With A Girl”, “Not Over You” and “Sweeter” - songs that you should definitely give a whirl if you haven't heard of them yet!

I can play the guitar like Bentong can do quantum physics.
Gavin DeGraw’s voice can best be characterized by heavy amounts of soul, voltage and lyrical passion that I cannot associate with any other artist. His catchy lyrics, larger-than-life vocal style and musical muscle-flexing all mesh together to form a powerful sound that demands everybody’s attention and yet is so smothered with poetic fragility at the same time.

I’ve been a DeGraw fan since his first album dropped in 2003 and many of his songs have served as my life’s anthems from then on. Anyone who’d want to dip his toes to test the waters of his lyrical ability should listen to “We Belong Together”, one of the most poetic and intimate works in his entire repertoire. “Radiation”, “Crush” and “I Have You To Thank”, on the other hand, are some of DeGraw’s more vocally-oriented offerings.

I’d do much lesser convincing through words than you could by just checking out his music for yourselves. So if you have a computer and an internet connection, his music is readily available on iTunes or YouTube. So please check him out!

FUN FACT: Gavin DeGraw had also been a contestant on the 14th season of Dancing With the Stars. But I forgave him eventually.

To celebrate the arrival of my new swag, here are some of Gavin DeGraw's songs: