What I’ve Been Listening to This Week

Per last post’s promise, I’m dedicating this blog post to the music I’ve been really loving lately—vinyl and otherwise. If you’re like me, music is a big part of your life. Music accompanies my car trips, housework, writing, and other responsibilities. As cliché as it is to say that “music soothes the soul”, I feel it. In fact, every few months, I find myself just sitting quietly, with a pair of headphones, soaking it all in.

Here’s a brief list of music I’ve been enjoying lately, some of which I keep in constant rotation.

  1. Brandi Carlile. Because she is extremely talented and quite possibly the most underrated artist of our time. I’ve loved her music since “The Story”, but finally had the opportunity to see her live a few years ago. She is phenomenal. In fact, she was an opening act at the concert I went to, and she stole the show that night. I am so glad that she is finally gaining more attention since her recent Grammy wins, The Ellen Show/SNL appearances, and collaborations with artists like Sam Smith. Hers was, of course, one of my first vinyl purchases.
    • Specific Song I’m Digging Right Now: “The Mother”, off her newest and, hands down, her best album. I’m not even a mother at this point in my life, and this song has made me cry multiple times. Brandi Carlile and her incredible emotive voice will do that to you.
  2. Kings of Leon. If I had to choose a favorite artist/band, they would be it. Their music continues to grow better with age, and I’ve yet to discover another band quite like them. I re-watch their concert videos over and over. Gladly I would see their shows again and again.
    • Specific Song I’m Digging Right Now: “Conversation Piece”. This was not my favorite track when their 2016 album, WALLS, first came out. However, after hearing it live (by far the BEST way to hear it), it quickly became a favorite. At the time, they also opened the set with this song.
  3. Rolling Stones. Because I had always planned that, once I finally got a record player, my very first record purchased/played would be one of the greats. It doesn’t get much greater than The Rolling Stones. Doesn’t everyone have a favorite Stones song? Mine is “Beast of Burden”, in case you were wondering.
    • Specific Song I’m Digging Right Now: “Beast of Burden”, obviously. And I’m hearing it on vinyl for the first time now.
  4. Tracy Chapman. Because she’s another great, and there is nobody else like her. No one has that quintessential Tracy Chapman voice.
    • Specific Song I’m Digging Right Now: “Paper and Ink” from Telling Stories.  I think that, for me, it might be right up there with “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason” as one of her tracks I most enjoy.
  5. Maggie Rogers. Her Saturday Night Live appearance introduced me to her, although, in hindsight, I may have heard a couple of her songs before that via Spotify. The boyfriend and I have been listening to Light On, Falling Waters, Alaska, and many other of her tracks that are not yet quite so popular (but which are just as good) on repeat.
    • Specific Song I’m Digging Right Now: “Back in My Body”. Because it’s absolutely lovely and…ethereal.
  6. Ella Mai. Similarly, her SNL appearance introduced me to her music. (I actually have not watched SNL much lately, but it just so happens that there’s been great music on the show each time I’ve watched.) She’s got some fun, sexy beats that smack of love and femininity.
    • Specific Song I’m Digging Right Now: “Sauce”. Because that chorus is too. much. sauce. I definitely had to look up the meaning of “sauce” on Urban Dictionary. Turns out the meaning has altered a bit since “awesome sauce” was a thing. I think I’m getting old.
  7. Blondie. Because I recently saw one of her televised concerts from a few years ago, and, even though she’s currently in her early 70s, she is still a badass. And if Keith Richards/Mick Jagger can still rock it on stage, why shouldn’t she?
    • Specific Song I’m Digging Right Now (and always): “Heart of Glass”. It will never go out of style, and sometimes I just crave a listen to it.
  8. Kendrick Lamar. The absolute king and possible greatest artist of our generation. There really is nothing left to say.
    • Specific Song I’m Digging Right Now: “XXX. FEAT. U2.” Because I never saw a U2 collaboration coming, and Kendrick is best in his role as advocate/activist.

My musical tastes are nothing if not diverse. Life is too short to always listen to the same genre of music. Hopefully you’ll give these artists a listen, if you’ve never heard of some of them before or if their music is generally outside of your typical tastes. If you do decide to take a listen, shoot me a comment and let me know what you think. I’d also love to hear what you all have been listening to lately!

-AW

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