What brings you joy?
Along with visual art, literature, forests, and good homemade food, music elevates my soul. Goal? Spend more time with each of these.
My favorite venue for live music is First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, where I especially enjoy shows at the Entry, a smaller room featuring up and coming or niche performers. My main source for learning about new music is the Current, 89.3 FM. While their playlist sometimes makes my head hurt, I often discover stuff that I want to hear again. To listen off-radio, I subscribe to Amazon Music and have a bluetooth speaker for at home, and a bluetooth equipped car for on-the-road listening.
Those of us who have been walking the planet for a few decades can get rutted within our music tastes. Yes, I have virtually everything the Beatles ever recorded, along with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Stevie Rae Vaughn, Elvis Costello, Johnny Rivers, Chuck Berry–you get the drift. But I truly think that exposing oneself to new music, as well as visual arts and literature keeps us creative, open, and fresh.
Nothing against those who are into country, classical, or other genres not represented here. This my playlist du jour presented in no particular order:
Lebanon, J.S. Ondara
He Venido, Los Zafiros
Catfish Kate, Pixies
Heads Gonna Roll, Jenny Lewis
Pumpkin, The Regrettes
Pearl Cadillac, Gary Clark, Jr.
Spanish Stroll, Mink DeVille
Boys in the Better Land, Fontaines D.C.
Chevrolet Van, The Nude Party
Rockaway Beach, The Ramones
Revolution Rock n Roll, Low Cut Connie
This Life, Vampire Weekend
I’ll Be Back Someday, Tegan and Sara
Please Don’t Call Me Crazy, The Cactus Blossoms
Gloria, The Lumineers
Nina Cried Power, Hozier with Mavis Staples
Where We Go, Chris Koza
Shockwave, Liam Gallagher
Leyla, Jah Khalib
Sister Buddha, Belle and Sebastian
What are you listening to these days?