In lieu of anything interesting to report (still revising, in chapter two, having difficulties), I thought I’d share a smorgasbord of music I find beautiful and inspiring for your listening pleasure. So here goes!
First up, my favorite singer/songwriter of all time, the lovely Loreena McKennitt, with her adaptation of The Highwayman. I first heard this song over ten years ago and it still gives me goosebumps:
Next up, British indie rock band Keane with Atlantic:
Next up, British rock band Muse with the epic Butterflies and Hurricanes, complete with rad Rachmaninoff piano stylin’ in the middle:
Next up, the lovely Vienna Teng with My Medea (which was the main inspiration for that not-really-very-short-story I wrote last fall):
Next up, British indie rock band (are you seeing a pattern here?) Snow Patrol, with the heart-wrenching Make This Go On Forever (with bonus Doctor Who video :-)):
Next up, the banjo-playin’ Sufjan Stevens, with Casimir Pulaski Day, one of the saddest/most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard:
Next up, the champions of esoteric-yet-beautiful lyrics, The Shins, with Pink Bullets:
Next up, obsessed-with-gorgeous-but-melodramatic-things The Decemberists, with The Hazards of Love 4, final track of their latest album:
Next up, recent favorite Laura Veirs, with the gorgeously mellow Wrecking:
And finally the weirdly-addictive M. Ward, with Chinese Translation, which has pretty much been going round in my head for the last week or two:
Hope you enjoyed at least a few of those! What are your favorites?