top favourite music from 2016

7 Dec

Albums

  1. Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony by Gregory Alan Isakov
  2. 22, A Million by Bon Iver
  3. This Unruly Mess I’ve Made by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  4. You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen
  5. La La La by Priscilla Ahn

Special Mention 

EP: Johannesburg by Mumford & Sons

Songs

  1. Drug Dealer (feat. Ariana DeBoo) by Macklemore
  2. Best Kept Secret by case/lang/veirs
  3. Ophelia by The Lumineers
  4. I Need a Forest Fire (feat. Bon Iver) by James Blake
  5. Call Me Out by Shook Twins
  6. Hell No by Ingrid Michaelson
  7. Side Pony by Lake Street Dive
  8. New York Is My Home by Dion & Paul Simon
  9. Nothing We’ve Seen Before by Kid Reverie (Unreleased)
  10. Keeping Your Head Up by Birdy

Concerts

  1. Gregory Alan Isakov with special guest, Ani DiFranco and Shook Twins | Morrison, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre (9.4.16)
  2. Gregory Alan Isakov and The Ghost Orchestra | Seattle, WA | The Showbox (8.6.16)
  3. Brandi Carlile | Park City, UT | Deer Valley Resort (8.13.16)
  4. Paul Simon | West Valley City, UT | Maverik Center (5.22.16)
  5. Mandolin Orange | Salt Lake City, UT | Kilby Court (2.13.16)
  6. Lake Street Dive with special guest, Gregory Alan Isakov | Red Butte Amphitheatre (8.14.16)
  7. Kacey Musgraves | Salt Lake City, UT | Red Butte Amphitheatre (9.8.16)

sounds of summer #tbt

27 Oct

It’s been 3 months since I played a show. 2 months since I played at an open mic. I’ve been reminded I need to get back to practicing and get back on the road.

rambling brambling stone

4 Mar

favourite lyrics of lately

15 Feb

“I lit a thin green candle to make you jealous of me
But the room just filled up with mosquitoes
They heard that my body was free”
(Leonard Cohen, “One of Us Cannot Be Wrong”)

“We made some small talk. That’s where it should have stopped.”
(Bruce Springsteen, “Highway 29”)

“Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.”
(Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A-Changin'”)

“If it ain’t fear that holds us
It’s fear that tears us down

Some grow weak in anger
Few grow weak in pain

Our Father loves you, always”
(Mandolin Orange, “Hey Adam”)

“You were a phonograph, I was a kid
I sat with an ear close, just listening

Well, time has a way of throwing it all in your face
The past, she is haunted, the future is laced
Heartbreak, ya know, drives a big black car
Swear I was in the back seat, just minding my own

The song in my head, well was all that I had”
(Gregory Alan Isakov, “Big Black Car”)

moondust

18 Jan


I feel like some kind of magic moondust of David Bowie’s ghost is following me. I have no other explanation for how I suddenly started to strum “Space Oddity”. Or how I wrote a David Bowie cut up poem so confidently, with the calmness of thinking about Chinati Hot Springs. Maybe that’s what I meant when I wrote “The Ghosts On the Lake”. And perhaps it’s true and meant to be that spirits are borrowed from the dust of the earth (and the moon).