Music

Music is one of the most powerful, and transformative, art forms available to all of us.  Every so often, I hear a piece of music that sends shivers down my spine. As I find such pieces, I’m going to post them here for your enjoyment.  (All of the music and artists can be bought on iTunes).

 

'My Silver Lining' by First Aid Kit

This is a breathtaking video of night ski-ing (from the film 'Afterglow') with a fantastic piece of background music from a Swedish Duo. There is some amazing music talent coming out of Scandinavia.

'Way Down We Go' by Kaleo

This song was used in an episode of Blindspot and sent shivers down my spine. Kaleo is from Iceland; hence filming in a volcano. Enjoy.

'Hello' by Adele

If you don't know this piece of music, you must be living in a cave somewhere. The amazingly talented Adele.

'Empire' by Ella Henderson

Haven't seen the TV show and won't watch it due to my intense dislike of Terrence Howard who, according to news reports, likes beating up women but this song is incredible.

'Desert Rose' by Sting (featuring Cheb Mami

My all time favorite Sting song.

'Somebody that I Used to Know' by Gotye

One of the most recognizable songs in recent years, this video has had 709 million views.

'Little Talks' by Of Monsters and Men

It's a very strange video but I love their music.

'Hate Street Dialogue' by Sixto Rodriguez

No video of Rodriguez performing here; just a phenomenal song with incredible guitar work. (Rodriguez' story was the subject of the Oscar winning documentary 'Searching for Sugarman'. Incredible story, incredible movie.

'What is love' by Haddaway

If this doesn't get your feet tapping, you are either tone deaf or dead. One of the all time greats.

'Solitary Man' by Chris Isaak

Neil Diamond's classic given the Chris Isaak treatment. Brilliant.

'Dice' by Finlay Quaye

I don't remember where I heard this but it has become of my most listened to.

'Satellite' by Guster

This song was featured in a John Cusack movie and I bought it immediately the movie was over.

'Alone without you' by The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)

Featured in the film 'Sicko', this is just an amazing piece of music.

'Let Her Go' by Passenger

817 million views on YouTube. Brilliant doesn't begin to describe this song. One of my favorites of all time.

'The Sound of Silence' by Passenger

Passenger is a solo English artist who had a massive worldwide hit with 'Let Her Go'. I went and saw him perform in Denver recently and this version of the Simon and Garfunkel classic brought the house down. Watch it and you'll know why.

'All of Me' by John Legend & Lindsay Stirling

This is just a beautiful song.

'Love Me Again' by John Newman

364 million views on YouTube and a worldwide # 1 hit, John Newman is a young British performer with an extraordinary voice

'Tiring Game' by John Newman, featuring Charlie Wilson

In a word, fabulous.

'Glory' by Common & John Legend

From the motion picture, Selma, this is an incredible piece of music.

'Glory' by Linda Carney

Another The Voice contestant, this song by Linda Carney is one of my favorites of all time and I listen to it constantly. I also love the original with Common & John Legend but this is a great version.

'Worthy' by Jacob Banks

I first saw Jacob Banks on a British show with Jools Holland. I immediately went out and bought his album 'The Monologue' which is absolutely brilliant. This is my favorite song on the album.

'Old Man' by Sawyer Fredericks

Sawyer Fredericks, a 16 year old kid from a farm in upstate New York, won The Voice last year. His talent is incredible and he deserved to win. This was in the final and is his version of Neil Young's classic 'Old Man'. (I buy all of his music on iTunes)

'Child' by Mia Z

Mia Z was a contestant on last years The Voice. Although she got knocked out fairly early, Pharrell Williams was so impressed with her talent that he produced this song.

'If it hadn't been for love' by Blind Joe

Blind Joe is a well established country artist who's never made it big. Listening to this song, it's hard to understand why, because he has an amazing voice and, despite his blindness, he plays the guitar as well as almost anybody; only he plays it with the guitar across his knees and reverse plucks it. Extraordinary.

'Defined' by Ronan Parke

Ronan Parke performed, and almost won, Britain's Great Talent several years ago when he was just 12. This is a great song and was used in an anti-bullying campaign by a major UK charity.

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