James Blunt’s music has been an irregular yet frequent feature of my playlists for the past ten years, starting with his album *All the Lost Souls,* released in 2007. That album was not my introduction to James Blunt—I was familiar already with his previous radio releases—but it was my introduction to his albums as whole units.Read More
Here is my morning playlist. It’s another new album, this time by Gregory Alan Isakov.
Gregory Alan Isakov first captured my notice when iTunes offered his song “Second Chances,” from his The Weatherman album, as their Single of the Week. It became a staple of my playlist rotations, appearing not just regularly but frequently. In the fall of 2015, I decided to try out his entire Weatherman album and fell immediately in love with it. I had recently begun using Apple Music, after signing up for their 3-month free trial, so I had easy access to that album and others. I quickly followed up The Weatherman, which was released in 2013, with his 2007 album, That Sea, the Gambler. Both of them have been regular members of my Whole-Album Experience Project, which I will explain in more detail in a later post. Today, I pulled up a playlist I created yesterday (21 February 2017) but got a few songs into it and realized it isn’t suited to what I’m working on now. Immediately, I thought of Gregory Alan Isakov as well-suited to my mood and my work. Of course, The Weatherman first came to mind, but when I turned to his album list to pull up Weatherman, I decided instead to try something new from him—by which I actually mean something old from him but new to me. So today I’m listening to This Empty Northern Hemisphere. Give it a sample, see what you think. I’ll let you know what I think, too, after I’ve made up my mind.
This is my first listen to the latest from The Avett Brothers. I’m fairly sure already that this one will be going in the regular rotation for a while. “Fisher Road to Hollywood” is an early favorite.
Of course it’s tempting to stomp your foot, wag your finger and say, “I told you so!” in an angsty booze-inspired Facebook status. But this will not make your niece stop calling everyone a Nazi, and it will not change her stance on abortion. You’re her “literally Hitler” uncle. You’re not Beyoncé. It’s just time to accept that and change strategy.Read More