I started going through my posted music of 2009 this week in order to pull my favorites. There are so many songs that I just love so I’ve decided to keep it as simple as possible and highlight just few songs/bands/artists that moved me this year. I have included some links to the original posts. There you can find more music and links to the artists websites. In no particular order–here goes:
Ben Sollee: I just love what he does with a cello. Unexpected and fun.
Balmorhea: As I said originally “I was captured by this song. Was it the piano? The strings? The sparse, almost not there, vocals? Was it the changes throughout the song, a little like tubing down the river and the changing experiences; the calm moments, the beauty, the rapids, the melancholy, the joy? Or could it be the rather unexpected hand claps that won me over? Who knows? I do know that I played it over and over again..”
Local Natives: Local Natives were such a huge part of our year, I am surprised to find that I only posted about them once. Starr just brought up this song in conversation last night. We are both big fans!
I can’t post about Local Natives without including this cover of Cecilia:
“Cecilia-Acoustic Simon and Garfunkel cover” — Local Natives…in the back yard
Fanfarlo: *sigh* Fanfarlo has been on repeat for me for months. I’ve said it before, but I JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THEM!! I hear that they were just signed by a major label so these mp3s (and the ones previously posted) could disappear, but it also means that they might get better exposure…I think they deserve it.
I bought and downloaded the album when they had it on sale for $1. I have listened to it over and over again. I would definitely pay full price for it. I love the whole thing.
“Finish Line” – Fanfarlo…acoustic in the garden
Fruit Bats: Ignore the name. They have been on my playlist for several years. This is one of their latest. Starr and I were Christmas shopping for her siblings a couple weeks ago and this song was playing at American Eagle. I pointed at the ceiling (speakers) and Starr said “yeah, mom, I know…you are cooler than the rest of us mortals!” Not really. In reality, she frowned and said “what?!”
The Big Pink: I can’t stand the message of this song, but I can’t resist it either. It has been several months and it is still on repeat.
Little Joy: This was my personal “summer song” last summer. It brought to me warm breezes, cold beers and JOY! Loved it.
“Next Time Around” – Little Joy
Previously posted: Little Joy