New Music Friday: Natalia Lafourcade, Jamiroquai, & More

This blog is back in business, yet again, with my first New Music Friday post in quite some time. I’ve been really jonesing to share the things I’ve been listening to these past few months, but life got in the way. I’m pushing it out of the way now for a few minutes so I…

Throwback Thursday: “Summer Day”

It’s been a bit since I’ve done a Throwback Thursday post here on the blog. Continuing a trend, I won’t be throwing it back that far. Today’s song is just six years old, and it came out this very week, in fact. The song in itself is kind a throwback, though–maybe you could call it…

Song of the Day: “Call Me”

Forgive the relatively late hour at which I’m posting this (making it more a “Song of the Night” than a “Song of the Day”), but I just discovered a song, and I really, really wanted to share it. So much that I’m awakening this blog, yet again, from its slumber. Take a listen to “Call Me”…

The Top 25 Songs of 2015

2016 may already be upon us, but it’s never too late to look back on 2015 and the musical treasures it gave us. Today starts a brief but jam-packed series of posts celebrating a glorious year in music, culminating of course with my annual Top Albums list. In my earliest years on the blog, I…

Throwback Thursday: “Tower of Sand” & “Sugar”

Taking it back all the way to 2007 and 2010, respectively, today’s Throwback Thursday post is double the fun. From a somewhat recent discovery of mine, indie singer-songwriter Chris Merritt, here’s not one, but two of his songs, “Tower of Sand” and “Sugar.” I first came across Chris Merritt while on my mission, of all places. He contributed a…

New Music Friday: Ellie Goulding, Yo-Yo Ma, & More

Today I introduce a new feature inspired by other music places across the Internet, New Music Friday. Each Friday that I can, I’ll highlight great new songs & albums just released, for your listening & discovering pleasure. (Yeah, not too much of a complicated concept.) Here’s some of the excellent music on tap this week:…

Throwback Thursday: “Let’s Face The Music and Dance”

Briefly, for your throwback listening pleasure on this fine Thursday evening, here’s a gem from 1964…Nat King Cole’s outstanding version of the timeless jazz standard “Let’s Face The Music and Dance.” I’ve long loved many of Nat King Cole’s recordings of jazz classics, but for some reason his take on “Let’s Face The Music and…

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…

Sketches: O Canada

It’s Canada Day today, where Canadians across the world celebrate the unification of three colonies into the nation we know today as Canada, back on July 1, 1867. Although I’m not a Canadian myself, I’ve always been fascinated with, as they say, our “neighbors to the north,” and over the years I’ve gathered a few…

Artist Spotlight: Lucius

Long time, no post. Even longer time, no Artist Spotlight. Let’s change that now (I’ve been wanting to get this one up for a while)… While on my 2-year mission in Peru, I had the chance to work with many different fellow missionaries, and being together all the time, we had many different conversations. Quite…