My Top 100 Albums of 2015, Part IV

It’s finally time. This list has been all kinds of delayed in coming out (and full disclosure, there will still be one more quick post after this), but here it is–the fourth and final part of my Top 100 Albums list. These 25 albums are my absolute favorites from last year, the cream of the crop….

Holiday Song of the Day: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

Just in time for, as I like to call it, Christmas Eve Eve (the day before Christmas Eve, of course), here’s a stunning live performance of a well-known Christmas carol, like you’ve definitely never heard it before. I’ve shared music previously on this blog by Millennial Choirs & Orchestras, an all-volunteer choral and orchestral organization that…

Artist Spotlight: The Family Crest

“What’s your favorite band?” I’ve been asked that question a lot. (I’m sure all of us have.) As with any “favorite” question, my response usually takes the form of a long list of groups, with me apologizing for not being sure which one is at the absolute top of my list. That, however, may have…

Music Video of the Day: “Amazing Grace”

It’s the eve of the Fourth of July (this blog has been very patriotic this week, hasn’t it?), and I’d love to share an excellent, just-released video with you that helps celebrate Independence Day in a very special way. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice & renowned violinist Jenny Oaks Baker here team up for a stunning rendition of…

Song of the Day: “Hymn to the Fallen”

A very happy Memorial Day to all of you. Today’s Song of the Day, to commemorate this day, is… “Hymn to the Fallen,” performed here by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This song, beautifully performed by the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, was composed by John Williams for the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan.”…

La canción del día: “Hasta la raíz”

Es hora de compartir más música en español, algo que yo descubrí hoy día, de hecho. Comparto con todos Uds. la canción… “Hasta la raíz” por Natalia Lafourcade! Natalia Lafourcade, una cantautora mexicana, es una de mis artistas preferidas. (Ella ha trabajado mucho con Ximena Sarinaña, una cantante de que he hablado en este blog,…

Throwback Thursday: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

I had to get in one more Throwback Thursday post for the Christmas season. (There’s probably a lot of them I could have made, but I’ll just content myself with these two that I’ve had, and direct any others I might have made to something else.) Here’s a beautiful rendition of an old favorite, with…

Music Video of the Day: “God Only Knows”

Today’s music video spotlight, our first in a bit, is quite a star-studded affair. And it’s a very, very good one. Let’s get right to it, the Music Video of the Day… “God Only Knows”! But who’s the artist? Well, there’s actually quite a few. Last week, the BBC released this all-star cover of the…

Song of the Day: “Hoppípolla”

I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July. I really need to get back to regular posting…anyways, here’s a gorgeous Song of the Day… “Hoppípolla” by Sigur Rós! So about a year ago or so, thanks to a viewing of “How To Train Your Dragon” (an excellent film, by the way) with my family,…

Artist Spotlight: Jamie Cullum

Apparently now “tomorrow” means “many days later, while Brandon is slowly recovering from wisdom teeth removal surgery.” Anyways, here’s my long-promised new Artist Spotlight, on… Jamie Cullum! Jamie is a singer-pianist from the UK with a very unique angle. His music is very grounded in jazz (not just influenced by jazz, like straight-up jazz-driven music)…but…

Song of the Day: “To Build A Home”

So…16 days have passed by. Without a post. For shame, Brandon, for shame. This tonight, and an Artist Spotlight tomorrow. Plus I still have a lot of interesting things cooked up for later. For now…today’s/tonight’s Song of the Day? How about… “To Build A Home” by the Cinematic Orchestra (feat. Patrick Watson)! This is a…