I’ve been so busy placing Christmas orders all week I haven’t made any more posts.
But I’ve been keeping my brain filled with the Holiday spirit of Peace with these tunes.
Today’s presentation comes from a site called Noise Trade – you have two options to get the music:
share 5 of your friend’s e-mail addresses recommending the album to your friend (not spamming them)
pay what you want, from $5 to $20
First is a group called Sojourn, with a collection called Advent Songs tinged with a light Americanna rock/folk blended between male and female vocals. Hearing Joy to the World re-imagined is refreshing and engaging way to share Christmas with your friends, and not have them tune it out – like in all the department stores. The big band rockin ‘What Child Is This’ brings the rock-opera flavor to your christmas party!
Second up is a compilation album out of Nashville with that Wilco or Dylan’ish flavor of stripped down rock/folk. Their arrangement of Silent Night, mixing vocals in the round and stripped down rock vibe – definitely makes you pick up and listen again.
And his family with whom I stayed in the Lake District
Ever recognize something the first time you hear it?
Well it was the same when Steve had some John Martyn playing the Sunday morning I was headed for the train…We were drinking coffee in the back garden shown above. I instantly wanted to know who it was, and he informed me – and sent me on my way with a few tracks. I’d like to pass on his recommendation and this two disk set (available as download also) retrospective for your consideration over the weekend. The album is Sweet Little Mysteries: The Island Anthology The Amazon reviewer glows:
“Martyn has the whiskey-soaked voice of (fellow scotsman) Rod Stewart with Louie Armstrong thrown in, the spiritual intensity of Van Morrison and the jazzy folk sound of Joni Mitchell.
I’ve never heard anything quite like it. All of his songs are melodic and interesting and some, like “one world,” “small hours” are transcendent and as beautiful as any music i’ve ever heard.”
The history on Martyn goes back through the seventies and I don’t know why he’s not more recognized than he is – cause in my perception he deserves it. Take a listen with this player:
I’ve now used two of his songs in my slideshows, and we’ll see what else may develop in the future.