If you don’t know me, then this post may seem to come from left field after my first post. However, anyone that knows me at all knows that I’m into music. A lot. That’s me on the drums up there. I’ve been playing since I was a kid.
I love listening to music as much as I love playing music. My CD collection (yes, I’m proud to say I still buy CDs) numbers somewhere in the vicinity of 2,000.
I am highly introverted, and small talk can be painful for me. If we start talking about music, though, I could talk to you for days on end before I passed out from sheer exhaustion. And once I woke up again, I’d pick up the conversation right where I left off.
All that to say: I’m going to be writing here about music sometimes when I’m not writing about my internal gazing (and occasionally the music and the gazing will walk through posts hand-in-hand).
Anyway, one thing about music that I’m especially fascinated with is album artwork. The cover, the interior art, the liner notes, all of it is almost as important to me as the music itself. And I’ve been fortunate to have an eye for music artwork that compliments my ear for music.
My eye for music has helped me immeasurably over the years. I’ve discovered some pretty great music by wandering through a music store and seeing what might catch my eye. Sigur Rós, Lokua Kanza, The Innocence Mission, and Andrew Bird are just a few of the artists that I may never have heard if it weren’t for my eye for music. (I’m sure I’ll be saying more about them later)
It hadn’t happened to me for a while, but then I stopped at Starbucks on my way home from work yesterday. A CD at the counter caught my eye and begged me to take it home.
A band from Seattle called The Head and the Heart have a new album out on Sub Pop Records called Let’s Be Still, and it’s some interesting pop-americana with some lush vocal harmonies underneath it all. They trade off lead vocals among a couple of folks in the band (the liner notes don’t actually list any of the band members’ names, which is interesting), and they’re all solid, though my jury’s still out on the female vocalist when she takes the lead. All in all, though, my eye seems to have pointed me in the right direction again.
Music has always been a great connecting point for me, and has played an important and ongoing role in my life. Heck, I was making mixtapes for my friends when I was in elementary school.
So, I want you to be involved in this, as well. I’m always on the lookout for music recommendations, because I’m a firm believer that you can never have too much music in your life.
So tell me, what good music have you stumbled across lately?