Sow it’s 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot about 2014.  I don’t really love resolutions, but this year I really think I need some.  As I’ve been looking back over the last two years, I’ve realized that those were years of reaping for me.  They were years of celebration, of fruits of my labor, of “it’s finally happening”.  I got my first full time job.  I graduated from college.  I married the girl I’ve been dreaming about.  We bought a house.

These major changes did not happen because of fate or chance;  they happened because I worked towards them with patience and diligence.  I went to school for 5 1/2 years.  I was patient and kind waiting for Megan to see that I am the man she can’t live without ;).  I had to sow something to one day reap the benefits.  It is occurring to me now that it is time to sow again.  It is time for hard work.  It is time to fast not feast.

As I look at 2014, I think of this song.  I want to sow these words into my life.  I want the chorus and bridge to wash over me as I work the fields of my heart and my life.  In my marriage. In my career.  In my friendships.  I want these words to fall like rain on the seed that will grow and one day nourish me.

Chorus:

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Bridge:

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

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Shuffle- Gotye edition

Artist: Gotye

Song/Album: Making Mirrors

Date Released: August 19, 2011

Genre: Indie Rock/Pop

How I heard about Gotye:  You may think I’m just jumping on the bandwagon really really really late.  But you would be wrong.  I’ve intentionally saved Gotye for today because I’m going to his concert tonight at The Ryman , and I couldn’t be more excited.

I first heard his music when either Dave Barnes or Matt Wertz retweeted the video for his break out hit “Somebody That I used to Know”.  I liked it and quickly listened to the rest of the album.  I beg of you, check out the whole album.  Don’t let the over playing of “Somebody” keep you from listening to the rest of Making Mirrors.  There is so much diversity and creativity in it.  None of the songs are filler.  Take the time to watch the video below.  It shows how much artistry is put into each song.   

What I like: There are probably two things I appreciate most about Gotye: the diversity and the lyrics.  All kinds of sounds are on the album, everything from Turkish drum beats, to 70s organ synths, to autotuned vocals, to Taiwanese trumpets, and somehow it all makes sense. Actually, all of those sounds are just in one song.

My favorite lyric:

But it was like to stop consuming’s
to stop being human
And why’d I make a change if you won’t?
We’re all in the same boat
Staying afloat for the moment

Songs to check out: “Easy Way Out”, “Eyes Wide Open”,  “State of the Art”, “In Your Light”, and “Bronte”

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Artist: The Lumineers

Song/Album: “Dead Sea”/The Lumineers

Date Released: April 3, 2012

Genre: Folk Rock

How I heard about The Lumineers: I first heard their music thanks to my girlfriend.  She sent me a link to their song “Ho Hey” (It’s actually being played on Top 40 stations now. Which is awesome and kinda bizarre when it plays after Nicki Minaj).  I listened and liked it, but never checked out the band.  I think part of it was because there are so many similar bands coming out in the folk-rock-indie-singer/songwriter-what-have-you category, and I’ve become a little weary of them.

People kept raving about this album but I resisted.  That is, until “Dead Sea” came on while I was listening to one of my radio stations on Spotify.  The Lumineers won. I listened to the song like 20 times that day, and then the album a few times after that.  Now I am among the slew of their faithful fans.  If you have a chance to catch a show, you should.  Their live shows are supposed to be glorious.  Unfortunately, life got in the way both times they played here in the Nashville.  Hopefully I’ll catch them the next time they pass through.

What I like: I love the lyrics.  It’s not full of those trite love song clichés.  It has a unexpected but still relatable point of view.

My favorite lyric:

Yes, there are times we live for somebody else
Your father died and you decided to live
It for yourself you felt, you just felt it was time
And I’m glad, cause you with cats, that’s just not right

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Artist: Paper Route

Song/Album: The Peace of the Wild Things

Date Released: September 11, 2012

Genre: Indie Rock

How I heard about PR: They released an album called Absence in 2009.  A couple of people posted a song from it called “Carousel” on Facebook.  I tried to like it.  I really did, but I just couldn’t.  Fast forward a couple of years and the lead singer J.T. Daly was a guest on the Relevant Podcast.  I really liked what he had to say, but never gave his music another chance.  Then last week, he was interviewed again in promotion for the new album, and I actually checked the group out this time. I’ve been listening ever since.

What I like: I love their hooks.

What I don’t like: They have some electro influences in their music and a couple of songs were hard for me to listen to at first.  After a few spins though, I stopped even noticing.

Songs to check out: “You and I”, “Two Hearts”, “Better Life”, and “Glass Heart Hymn”

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Artist: Katie Herzig

Song/Album: Lost and Found/The Waking Sleep

Date Released: September 22, 2011

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

How I heard about Katie: She is a Nashville artist and a Mocha Club artist.  I’m sure it was one or both of these things that put her on my radar.

What I like: For starters, the lyrics and the music are a perfect fit.

It could be the theme song for this season of my life or maybe just life in general.  Some areas of my life have never felt so right while other areas feel completely disjointed.  I’m guessing this tension never really goes away.  The space between lost and found is what it means to be human, I think.  It’s nice to know that I can exist in both places simultaneously.  That’s where I am right now anyway, and this song says it so much better than I know how.  It says all of this and leaves the taste of hope on my lips after I’ve finished singing.

I also love the video.  The idea of looking for a glimpse of light is just part of being human I think.  Some say it’s fate, some coincidence, and on my more hopeful days I attribute this light to a loving Father.  No matter where we think our light is coming from, it’s something that we can all understand.

Also, that final chorus straight up soars.

What I don’t like: I have no complaints.

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I know, I know. I missed last week, and I’m 19 minutes away from missing this Wednesday too. I’m sorry.

Instead of picking one song or artist this week, I’d like to talk about one of my favorite things, Spotify. At first, I thought it was just another Pandora knock off. But it’s not. It’s so much more.

I decided to pay for the premium package because I was spending so much money on music every month. I thought I’d give it a try, and see if having one subscription would keep me from buying so much. To my surprise, it really has worked. I only buy things that I really really want or artists that I really want to support. Otherwise, those random urges to listen to Dolly Parton result in a Spotify search rather than a $1.29 purchase. It is glorious.

I’d like to leave you with a playlist I made for an event that I helped plan last week. I was a bit nervous as never making a playlist for such an occasion. However, I am happy to report that I got a couple of compliments on the music and the event wasn’t so bad either. I’ve been listening to the playlist ever since, and if I do say so myself, it’s pretty good. It has a good helping of some of the best Nashville has to offer like Katie Herzig, Dave Barnes, Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, and a few more. Give it a listen and send me one of your favorite playlists. I’m always looking for new music.

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I’ve missed quite a few shuffle sessions over the past couple of weeks.  Sorry about that.  As a way to find my way back into your good graces, I’d like to present my music board on Pinterest.  It has all of the songs that I’ve been listening to lately.

And here’s the song that I’ve had on repeat the last week or two: “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous.

They are the original artists, but I actually found the song through Birdy.  She is one of those teenage prodigies.  She released an album of covers in 2011 with this song on it.  I love both versions.  The original has a lot more energy which is great for afternoons at work when you’re not writing a blog post. Wait, what?

What have you been listening to?