Highlights from my weekly dose of newness

The Sandy Beats authorship has the tradition of sharing Spotify Weekly Discovery lists. And I’ve been having really good lists the last few months. So much that I have an ongoing list where I add my favorites. I have titled that list “The Most Perfect Discovery List.” It started out a week when I loved pretty much all the tracks I was recommended.

I want to share a few of my favorites this week. I hope I can find YouTube videos for all of them.

First off, “Put A Light On” by The Generationals. This track was released in March 2013. Way to make me feel out of the loop, Spotify!

Then we have “Show Your Colors” by Geneviene, released in March 2015. A little better, but maybe not considering I said “oh yeah, from this year!”… clearly I need to come into 2016 already.
My favorite part of this video is that the colors start to show when they get to Salvation Mountain (it’s in my bucket list to go there. SOMEONE TAKE ME, PLEASE)

And here’s “Valentina” by The Hunts. SO CATCHY. Also released last Springs.

And the smoothness of Bhi Bhiman‘s “Moving To Brussels.” Released May 2015.

I wanted to keep it at 3 highlights, but I couldn’t. So there you go. That was this week. I know, awesomeness. There were so many other great ones, man. I would like to mention (because I know of someone who will appreciate this a lot) that I REALLY enjoyed St. Lucia‘s “Dancing On Glass.” Another great song was “Iddle Hands” by EXGF.

Lyrics and Music

I am a sucker for lyrics. I love the music in a song, don’t get me wrong. The melody, the structure, unique instrumentation…but lyrics are what I come back to. Like anything in life, it is not universal, but I pay attention to what the song  is saying, and often will fall in love with a song just based upon lyrics alone. For this entry into the Sandy Beats, I am going to highlight a few songs with lyrics that have particularly struck me.

First up is a new song. I don’t have the confidence that @Begt has listened to this song as she  tends to avoid the subject when I bring it up…Folk Trio The Lumineers hit it big a few years back with “Ho Hey”. The song was everywhere. Just this year they released their first two singles from their forthcoming Cleopatra. The first single released “Ophelia” made me forget that we had been waiting almost 4 years for a new song. Their second single, the namesake for the album, “Cleopatra” has made it clear to me that the 4 years was worth it.

The lyrics that are particularly impactful for me are near the end of the song:

“But I was late for this, late for that, late for the love of my life
And when I die alone, when I die alone, when I die I’ll be on time

And the only gifts from my Lord were a birth and a divorce
But I’ve read this script and the costume fits, so I’ll play my part”

I am not one to interpret lyrics as I think they mean something different to the listener, so there you have it.

As you may have noticed from my first post of the year, the band I am listening to the most so far in 2016 is The Strumbellas . Their lyrics just hit me. Their second single off of the forthcoming Hope is no different. In “Shovels and Dirt” the Strumbellas once again address mortality with the lyrics:

” Well it ain’t worth living if you don’t get hurt

I got a head full of darkness and darkness is good

cuz’ if we all die young and the we don’t get hurt”

Finally, NYC based Sharon Van Etten has proven to be a good soundtrack for me for the last few years. One of the songs from Tramp called “We Are Fine” has been one of my favorites since I first heard it.

“It’s okay to feel
Everything is real
Nothing left to steal
‘Cause we’re alright, we’re alright”

I’ve listened to a few live versions as well as the recorded version many times. Her emotion seems to come out each and every time.

What are some of your favorite lyrics?