I’ve written a post on the impressive music of Jason Isbell, but I didn’t quote my favourite two songs on that album. Firstly, “Yvette” which is so powerful it brings you to tears. Talk about stark imagery in a song…
I’ve always enjoyed listening to good lyricists no matter what genre. Atmosphere is one. Just check out a his latest tune Camera Thief from the record (people still record “records” you know) Southsiders. I realize I already wrote a post on Atmosphere’s great lyrics – it’s here and about the song called Yesterday.
If you’re not a devoted believer or (a person named Christian or Chris Rock – bad joke), you don’t exactly get excited by the phrase “christian rock”. That’s how my prejudiced brain works. But thanks my Spotify subscription I “discover” lots of new music without preconceptions. And lots of it is very, very good.
You have to be able not to get your way. Cry a little bit. Take a bump. And let it send you back to the lab. Even if you have to say “I’ll show him!” It’s all gonna be better for it – John Mayer.
I watched an inspiring video today with one of my musical heroes, John Mayer. He’s doing a Q&A at Oxford and there are some insightful bits in the 50-minute long interview. You can watch it here. If you’re pressed for time, this outtake about his friendship with Steve Jobs really resonated with me.
Found this fantastic song downloadable for free on John Butler’s website. Best work soundtrack I’ve ever heard.
Grammy award winning musician Elliott Smith stabbed himself to death in 2003 and left a huge void of unwritten magical music. He was a victim of child abuse and talked about setting up a foundation for kids who’d suffered from the same horrible thing before he died. Smith never escaped his self-loathing and it was evident in many of his songs. Despite the sad theme, he often managed to craft the most beautiful melodies and was also a very talented lyricist.
Absolutely brilliant rendition of this Spanish classic by Michael Lucarelli. Really great video too.