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A Little Folk – A Little Pop

Joni Mitchell, performing in 2004

Joni Mitchell, performing in 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the ...

Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the Fillmore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lately I’ve able to customize music apps like Spotify and iHeart Radio.

I like a wide variety of music – but there are certain things that I always come back to.  Music with a “folk/pop” feel.  Artists like Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Elton John, George Michael, Kenny Loggins, Carole King and Carly Simon are always the ones I play again and again.  Lately I’m drawn to Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles, Coldplay, Regina Spektor, Phillip Phillips and Jon McLaughlin because of their great uniqueness and well thought out ballads.

I feel like there has been a revival of great songs and artists from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  I hear my students requesting songs from my youth and my heart swells with pride!  They don’t realize that the “cover” they are hearing is just a cheap copy of the real thing that I grew up with.  But that’s okay.  Great songs stand the test of time for any generation and I welcome these covers with open arms.  Songs like “River” and “Your song” are great in any decade.

I’ve never liked mainstream “pop” Christian music.  But I do LOVE anything Michael W. Smith.  He is a true artist in every sense of the word – his passion comes through with every lyric he writes and sings.  We attended a Christmas concert that he had a few years back and it was wonderful.  But he has been around since the 70’s like Amy Grant – tried and true and getting better with time.   Probably why I like them.  It makes me crazy when I hear too much “popular” Christian music of today – and find myself skipping songs like crazy on internet radio.  I guess that’s why I’m pretty good in my own lane of music and if set to one of the above classic artists, I know all that music will be appealing and easy for me to listen to.

All that being said – I find myself being drawn to folk music of the past and present.  Acoustic guitar and piano are my favorites.  Artists that try to copy Joni Mitchell and James Taylor – who did it so well the first time around – always have my interest.

What music are you drawn to?  Does it help set a mood for you when you are working or reflecting?  For me I love to write while listening so it needs to be calm and soothing or I keep skipping songs and it breaks my concentration!  How about you?

Hope you have a wonderful day – God Bless!

Day 8 – River

Joni Mitchell is a folk singer legend – known for writing most of her songs that made her famous.  This one that she wrote about Christmas time – always makes me feel like it’s time for this season once more.  Many have tried to “cover” this song – but there’s nothing like the original version.  Follow the link to listen to it on youtube – you’ll love it!

Enjoy and God Bless

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
But it don’t snow here
It stays pretty green
I’m going to make a lot of money
Then I’m going to quit this crazy scene
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know, he put me at ease
And he loved me so good
Made me weak in the knees
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I’m so hard to handle
I’m selfish and I’m sad
Now Ive gone and lost the best baby
That I ever had
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I made my baby say goodbye

It’s coming on Christmas
The’yre cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

The Heartache Can Wait

Brandi Carlile performing at City Stages in Bi...

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I’m loving this song by Brandi Carlile called “The Heartache Can Wait”.  Her lyrics and voice are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell – and sound very much like Joni’s song called “River” or even “Cactus Tree”.  There’s a purity of sound and beauty of just her voice as she tells this story of heartache around the holiday season.  These lyrics are universal because just about everyone can relate to a love that’s gone wrong at a certain time of the year – and somehow, every season is filled with a distant memory of remorse and regret.  It’s lyrics like these that capture the emotions deep inside and finally find its voice.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.  The pictures with this song are just beautiful!

 

God Bless


You’re talking about leaving
It’s right about Christmas time
Thinking about moving on
I think I might die inside

I’m thinking about years gone by
I’m thinking about church at midnight
I’m thinking about letting go
I think that might finally be alright

But this is where we shine

Silver bells and open fire
And songs we used to sing
One more chance to be inspired
Is what I’m offering if love is not enough
Then stay with me because
The heartache can wait

It’s not about hanging on
It’s making my deal with God
If I could call one last truce
We’ve given it all we’ve got

Then I’m gonna catch my breath
And make it a long December
If we’ve got nothing left
This could be worth remembering
With a smile upon my face

Silver bells and open fire
And songs we used to sing
One more chance to be inspired
Is what I’m offering if love is not enough
Then stay with me because

Silver bells and open fire
And songs we used to sing
One more chance to be inspired
Is what I’m offering if love is not enough
Then stay with me because
The heartache can wait

Discoveries

Last year at this time – Greg and I were all dressed up and heading towards the “Georgian” restaurant in Seattle for his parent’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration.  It was colder last year with snow and ice all over the place.

What a difference a year makes!

This year – Greg and I just had coffee together and shared a piece of pecan pie from the other night – in the “talking” room.  This is the room where the fireplace is – and where we have interrogated our children over the years – put them under the “search light” and reamed them out for various issues.  These days it has become the room where much conversation has taken place in the last year between Greg and me.  It’s not as cold this year – but we have made many cozy fires in there anyway and in so many ways –  it was a much better Christmas.

Today Shawn came home and announced that he had to “wash the car”.  I thought I would fall over from shock!  I said, “Who are you – and what have you done with my son?”  He’s 18 and I know the “girlfriend” factor ranks pretty high – not the “Mom” factor.  I’m pretty invisible to him most of the time – although he did make me a wonderful blanket for Christmas – it’s really cuddly and warm too!  And despite him still being a teenager he is still a pretty nice guy.  Sometimes he just amazes me.

I’m starting to discover a new “Man Child” in my son.  In much the same way my daughter turned the corner a few years back from being a little girl to a woman.  It is a new season of discovery for all of us in these years – and I’m looking forward with great anticipation to see what will happen next – and what the Lord has planned for this special son of mine.

Below is one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs – entitled “The Circle Game”. It so poignantly describes the childhood and growing up of a boy.  Enjoy!

May you discover new and amazing things this new year with the relationships in your own life.

God Bless ♥

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