A swift music update for the space between real blogs as I leave for Christmas break! Aw man, has my musical interest taken a few interesting turns.
Passenger, Patient Love.
The thing I love most about Passenger, apart from the raw sweetness of his voice, is the way that he turns songs into very personal stories. He knows how to get to the real center of things, and he points out problematic societal things while mourning or celebrating the little things.
This song made me cry. I was sitting on the ground at 2am right before I was supposed to go to England, and at the line, “Though you will not wait for me, I’ll wait for you,” I lost it, because I realized then that that’s exactly what God does for us. In that moment I felt the weight of my own refusal and the passion of His quiet but persistent grace. He manifests an unconditional love toward us, and this song transmuted so much of that emotion and barbed wholeness of love that I began to weep.
Anais Mitchell, HADESTOWN.
http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Hadestown/4345264 (They took down the youtube video, sorry!)
Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. I apologize to my friend who tried to introduce me to this folk-opera an entire year ago. I didn’t listen, but I’m glad I have rediscovered it.
It’s a retelling of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice set in depression-era America, composed by the lovely Anais Mitchell (Eurydice) with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver as a beautiful Orpheus. Greg Brown and Ani DiFranco are absolutely perfect as Hades and Persephone. The lyrics are some of the most poetic I’ve ever found, and the jazz is compelling. You can’t help but see it played out in your mind.
OneRepublic, Counting Stars.
This is just a fun one. A compelling beat, and a deep south, deep magic sort of vibe.
Bastille. As usual.
I may or may not have spent a long time typing out a detailed music video proposition for this song, but alas.
Noah Gundersen, Jesus, Jesus.
(profanity warning, my dear ones)
Oh, songs that made me weep profusely? Let’s add this one in, along with pressing theological questions and issues.
This song is incredibly important. Please listen to it. It’s someone who’s struggling through the problem of hardship in the world and the existence of God, understandably.
He’s actually talented?? The way he uses the voice looper is miraculous. (bonus: Wayfaring Stranger)
Fall Out Boy, (oops).
You’re all going to make fun of me (you already have). I don’t care what you think, really (as long as it’s about me?). Confession: there’s something very hilarious about witty wooing in lyric form (I’m looking at you, John Donne).
I’m angry that no one happened to mention that Patrick Stump, their lead singer, has such an incredible vocal range and massive instrumental intuition. This band makes me want to dance on my bed or join a revolution, sometimes, and other times (in songs like What a Catch, Donnie), it makes me very sad. I do this, a lot. With listening to this band, like I do with so many, I look at the lyrics and the music they make and wonder what drives the person behind the songs.
The problem with being an artist is that they make a living out of taking out personal parts of themselves and exposing themselves to the public eye. Their job is to make art, but we think it’s to be likable for our personal use. Fame is terrifying to me, and I think I’ve been realizing lately just how dangerous it is to think a person is not a person. We dehumanize famous people in two ways, by putting them on a pedestal and by overlooking their own personal needs, emotions, and privacy (paparazzi?).
That has little to do with this band’s music, though, so I’ll just go back and say that Fall Out Boy manages to mix rock and pop and punk and soul in a really cool way – and I love Folie a Deux, no matter what anyone says.