Song: The City Has Known Us

“Collected all here, in boxes and bags, directions where to go”
This City Has Known Us (Earth) by Asthmaboy

A long-time favorite, Asthmaboy, released a new album this past week, and I have had it practically on repeat ever since. Sometimes the lyrics don’t all line up or rhyme but you can still find a phrase that relates or a hear a story unfold. Not to mention, with beautiful music throughout, it’s worth a listen. In this month of moving, this phrase hit home.

Glen

There are people who play music and then there are musicians. People who are so wrapped up in the emotion and struggle and hopes life can bring that they have no choice but to share those with you through music.

I’ve met a lot of both. I’ve probably seen more than my fair share of shows and at this point, it takes quite a bit to move me. Last night, Glen Hansard managed to make it to the list of tops. Not every musician can play in a way that’s both playful and sincere, harsh yet gentle. But I walked away full of respect for him and his music.

He has a way of making you feel like he has a genuine relationship with everyone on stage (including a section of strings and horns) but also that you as an audience member matter, too. He doesn’t say it out loud or even overtly hint at it. He just does.

Both the hubby and I left inspired. Reminded that music matters. Storytelling can reveal truths and feelings far beneath the surface. Creativity encourages more creativity. Engagement transcends isolation.

He ended the show with an Irish folk song and asked everyone in the audience to sing along as we repeated the chorus in between verses. Members of the crew were invited leave their sound boards and designated spots on stage to each come and sing a verse. The notes weren’t all perfect and it didn’t always make sense, but that’s not what music is about. It’s not what life is about. We all got to sing along to be a part of something simple, something bigger than ourselves and it was hauntingly beautiful all on its own.

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Song: Last Love

“And although I am young I will never outgrow my love for you, I will never give you up”

Last Love by Matrimony

Happened upon this lovely couple/family band during the art festival this weekend and was struck my their music and their marriage. It reminded me of our love. While we may have struggles and even sometimes need personal space, I really truly love my husband. On tumblr I see so many pictures of sweet love and see the longing for it in the comments. Here we are—husband and wife—together. We are in it for the long haul but also for the blissful moments that weave in and out of our lives when we can catch them. Sometimes those moments come during the sounds of singing and playing music together, sometimes it’s in the quiet of the morning as the sun peaks through the windows. Let it be known, I am so thoroughly content and in love with that man.

Song: It’s Time

And now it’s time to build from the bottom of the pit. Right to the top. Don’t hold back.”

It’s Time by Imagine Dragons

This past year the hubby got to open for these guys and I must admit, before the show, I’d never heard of them. They blew me away. I’ve been to more shows than I can count at this point and let me assure you, they don’t all make much of an impact on me…especially when I’m unfamiliar with the set list. There was something powerful about the music and the hearts they poured into it. When this song came up on my Pandora station today it gave me such an epic feeling that I couldn’t help but share (even though I know by now most people have heard it).