#MusicMonday: The Brilliance, “Brother”

It seems like all you hear about these days is division and hate. Nobody can seem to get along. Whether it’s over political, racial, or religious differences, the news is full of anger and tension. I don’t know about you, but I’m worn out. All of this arguing is so exhausting. And in most cases, so futile. […]

#MusicMonday: The Lone Bellow, “Then Came the Morning”

Hey there, 2017. Nice to see you. It doesn’t matter how bad your previous twelve months have been, the beginning of a new year always brings with it a sense of optimism and hope. It’s a new beginning. A fresh start. A blank slate. (And all the other cliches.) Even if you’re not making a single […]

#MusicMonday: A (Non-Traditional) Christmas Playlist

Music is the greatest blessing of Christmas. It’s also the greatest curse. When the lights are glowing and the stockings are hanging, there’s nothing quite like a classic Christmas tune to really complete the holiday mood. But the problem is that after you’ve listened to the same old Christmas songs year after year, they start […]

#MusicMonday: Over the Rhine, “If We Make It Through December”

It’s December. And it’s cold. That’s about all you need to know to appreciate Over the Rhine’s cover of the old Merle Haggard tune, “If We Make It Through December.” With a quietly soulful piano and just the right amount of twang, this is the perfect tune to enjoy in one’s pajama pants on a […]

#MusicMonday: The Delta Saints, “Sometimes I Worry”

A bleak, cold, rainy Monday calls for some smokin’ hot blues riffs. Thankfully, the Delta Saints have us covered. If you can manage to listen to this live recording of “Sometimes I Worry” without at least tapping your foot and nodding your head, then you might want to check yourself for a pulse. These are […]

#MusicMonday: David Ramirez, “Rock and a Hard Place”

David Ramirez is one of my favorite songwriters. His raw honesty is unsettling, but at the same time it somehow manages to be deeply comforting. It’s as if he’s forcing you to look at the most ugly and unpleasant parts of yourself, but then putting his arm around you and saying, “It’s okay, you’re not alone.” Few places in the […]

#MusicMonday: Sleeping at Last, “Son”

This week’s musical selection is a piece of pure existential wonder. Whenever a song causes you to look in the mirror and ponder who you are and who you need to become, you know it’s doing something right. “Son” is just such a song. Written by Ryan O’Neal (the man behind Sleeping at Last), it explores […]

#MusicMonday: Dawes, “A Little Bit of Everything”

If you listen to much pop radio (which I try not to do too often), you probably recognize that songwriting has fallen on hard times recently. Sure, there might be a rare exception of a thoughtfully written track with searching lyrics and subtle meanings. But more often than not, you’re probably going to hear some […]