If you know me at all you would know that I have a bit of an obsession with music. In fact, music is most likely the reason I live where I live, I studied what I studied, and I teach what I teach.
The reality is that I spend far too much time scouring the web and the local weekly papers for great music. There is so much amazing music available to us, and I, as a true American, have felt the need to own the good stuff. If you saw my external hard drive’s music selection, you would either be impressed or disgusted.
A little piece of me thinks that the ownership part of it all is a little bit overwhelming. The reality is that just about any music that has been recorded in the last 60 years can be heard for free on the internet in a number of different places. And if I really want to experience music in its purest form I should go see it live. I do, but I also love to collect it.
I thought I would share some music that I have been listening to lately. I will link all of the songs so that you can listen to these artists and possibly buy the music for yourself.
I chose to write about this because I truly believe that music is a high art, if not the highest of art forms. Last night I went to a local record store, Music Millennium and listened to Laura Gibson give a beautiful in-store performance. She was performing with Ethan Rose who I hadn't heard of and I was sufficiently blown away. Her first album was touted by Sufjan Stevens and included some beautiful melodies and folk style songs.
The music she performed was closer to Avant Garde art than it was to folk. Her and Ethan used a computer, a uke, an electric guitar, and a keyboard to create some ethereal sounds that I never would have expected. At the end Ethan played the electric guitar with a violin bow and they looped vocals together to create an incredible mishmash of sounds.
It was extremely interesting and titillating music. It reminded me that Music is art and that much of today’s “indie rock” is pushing the boundaries of what music truly is. Here is the entire album, I recommend putting on some tea and listening carefully.
I just finished listening to The David Rawlings Machine on NPR music. They recorded a tiny desk concert that I think deserves a listen. David Rawlings is Gillian Welch’s musical collaborator. They worked together on this album. The harmony that both of their voices create sounds like it is from another time.
Here is the tiny desk concert
and at Daytrotter.com you can listen to them do a cover of Neil Young’s Cortez the killer, that would make Neil jealous.
The Album Leaf was good, but not hugely exciting for a live show.
Now you know what I’ve been listening to, do you have any recommendations or comments? Please let me know.