August 2017 Playlist

In addition to being a custom songwriter, I’m also a big music fan! Each month I make a playlist of the best songs I’ve discovered during the past thirty days. In most cases these are songs that have been released fairly recently, but the list might also contain an occasional gem from the past!

Here’s the August 2017 playlist:

Song of the week-“Glass Jar” by Tristen

When I’m not writing and recording custom songs just for you, I’m usually listening to music and I love to share what I’ve been listening to! My Song of the Week may or may not be a recent release. It might be the new discovery of a missed jewel, or a past love that has resurfaced. Regardless, it will always be the song that I listen to the most during any given week.

Tristen-Glass Jar

Anyone who has ever felt manipulated in a relationship will relate to the line “You put me in a glass jar and tap tap tap to see how I move”. It’s a thought provoking line, and when coupled with Tristen’s silky but strong voice it makes a fabulous ear-worm!

Glass Jar has a great feel.  I’d love to be able to describe it without playing the 60s card, but I’m just not that clever and it actually gives me some kind of unexplainable joy to say that it reminds me of the Byrds. It’s a text book toe tapper, head nodder and finger snapper—and if you find yourself alone in your room you might even want to dance to it. There are many things to like about this song, but the thing that gets me every time is the tambourine—which is just a straight beat, but so help me I play air tambourine every time I hear it.

Tristen has been on my radar since I was introduced to the  song “Baby Drugs” earlier this year.  She’s a versatile songwriter who isn’t content to settle for any specific style. Exploring her four full length albums will keep me busy for a while, and I like that kind of busy!

June 2017 Playlist

In addition to being a custom songwriter, I’m also a big music fan! Each month I make a playlist of the best songs I’ve discovered during the past thirty days. In most cases these are songs that have been released fairly recently, but the list might also contain an occasional gem from the past!

Here’s the playlist for June!

Song of the Week-“He’s Fine” by The Secret Sisters

When I’m not writing and recording custom songs just for you, I’m usually listening to music and I love to share what I’ve been listening to! My Song of the Week may or may not be a recent release. It might be the new discovery of a missed jewel, or a past love that has resurfaced. Regardless, it will always be the song that I listen to the most during any given week.

Upon hearing “He’s Fine” for the first time I wondered why it wasn’t on the news. Why was Lester Holt not telling the world about it? Why was there not a headline in the New York Times saying “Secret Sisters’ melodic new song will stop you in your tracks”?  I don’t know how something this amazing has escaped my social media feed for nearly a month, and the fact that I’ve never heard of the Secret Sisters until now indicates that my musical radar needs a serious recalibrating.

“He’s Fine” has it all. Lyrics that tell a story, a melody that swims then flies, vocal harmonies that find your soul and poke it, and even a memorable drum part. The Secret Sisters are in fact sisters, and there were a blood harmony hall of fame, they’d be in it. Comparisons to the Everly Brothers and First Aid Kit are inevitable, and fairly accurate.  But the Secret Sisters are 100% their own thing. A cursory listen to their new album You Don’t Own Me Any More shows a strong and uniquely southern identity as well as a passion for songwriting that seems crucial to the existence of the songwriters. It’s full of great work, but still it’s hard not to just listen to “He’s Fine” over and over again.