My Friday just got a whole lot better. Coldplay just released a new single- “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”. It’s upbeat and catchy, and I dig it. The word is that it will be part of an album produced (again) by Brian Eno, and will be released this Fall. Have a listen.
For kicks, here’s something that just popped up on my radar- Chris Martin singing with Faultline (David Kosten). It’s dark and haunting, and I dig it too. Â It sort of brings balance to the force with the happy new single above.
So… you may not know this, but music is awesome. Â It’s amazing howÂ sometimes aÂ songÂ willÂ not even catch your fancy one moment, butÂ perhapsÂ when your circumstances change, youÂ might have an aha moment andÂ find yourself thinkingÂ ,â€œSoÂ THAT’S what the song meant.â€ I had one of those moments with this song. Â We’veÂ posted about Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore previously. Â I had listened to their music many timesÂ and while I certainly enjoyed it, nothing really jumped out and spoke to me.Â And then â€¦Â my circumstances changed. Â My wife and I found out we’ re expecting a baby girl. Â As I continued listening toÂ Dear Companion, I heard “Try” with new ears. Â As I’m sure you’ve done, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t really heard what the song was saying. Â It spoke to me, about the worries and fears of bringing a child into the world, and at the same time it expressed the excitement that comes with having a child. Â He talks about how I feel right now, absolutely in love with this little child I haven’t even met.
I can’t wait to hold your little hand
Hold your hand, child
Hold your little hand
Give, give, give
How to give it all to someone not yet born
That must be how
We’ve learned to love
This past month has been a little rough here in Las Vegas, where I attend dental school. This is the last semester I have of real intense bookwork… and because it’s the last one, the professors decided to end with a bang (13 exams in 5 days, with a few presentations thrown in for good measure). Needless to say, I spent a lot of time studying. The one thing that keeps me sane during those long nights in front of my computer screen is, as you would guess… music. Under normal circumstances, I can focus just fine listening to anything in my library. However, after very few hours of sleep for not so few days, I stick to the instrumental stuff. Lyrics seem to take my focus off of what I’m attempting to study/memorize sometimes. As I went about my studies there were a few songs in my all-instrumental “study mix” that were so good, they still grabbed my attention. I’ve decided to post a few. It’s a little different than the usual genres you see around here, but it’s good to expand your horizons, right?
I thought this cover was fun, so I decided to share. Â Pomplamoose has a whole album of covers that you can download for free over yonder. Â They have quite theÂ eclecticÂ mix of artists… from Aerosmith to Beyonce to Sound of Music, with a christmas tune thrown in for good measure. Â She has wonderfully lazy jazz-like vocals, dissonant harmonies, mixed with some fun instrumentation. Â I love how they take artistic license around the two minute mark. Have a listen.
Well, I’m a bit new around here, but had to spread the word about Matt Pond PA’s new album. It’s called The Dark Leaves, and it’s due out April 6th via Altitude Records.
Someone (whose name starts with a “T” and rhymes with Mobler) described them to me as a more accessible version of The Shins, and I think that’s a fairly good description. I am in love with their catchy beats and rockin’ sounds, intermingled with those wonderful strings. …Oh those strings. I’m discovering that I’m a sucker for almost anything with a cello.
Anyway, get excited for this record, because these guys put out some amazing music. Here’s a few tracks to prove it. The first one, Starting, is from their new record. It’s got all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from Matt Pond. The second is one of my absolute favorites.