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This is the first installment of a weekly collection of the “latest and greatest.” I will post two newly discovered songs that have captured my attention and two of my longtime favorite songs that are building up dust in my music library.

THE LATEST

In the last several months, I have been inundated with music, thanks to some new friends and an expansion of my blog-roll (see the “Necessary Bookmarks” for my favorites).

To Travels and Trunks by Hey Marseilles

Hey Marseilles, a seven-piece folk-pop band from Seattle, have made quite an impression on me. They have a rich sound, which is supported by a surplus of instruments: cello, viola, accordion, trumpet, snare drum, cymbal, tambourine, and acoustic guitars. A friend of mine introduced me to Rio, when he featured a beautiful solo, acoustic version on his blog. But when I got my hands on the album shortly thereafter and took it for a spin, To Travels and Trunks was the number that really spoke to me. Matt Bishop’s voice blends perfectly against the grand instrumental backdrop of the cello, violin and accordion; in this song, Bishop is my ideal reincarnation of Ben Gibbard. Not to mention, my heart melts when he sings out: “All I want is love eternally / with your heart facing me.”

The best description of Hey Marseilles that I’ve read came from their own Facebook page: “It’s modern vintage, a folk-pop jam session at a vanished cabaret on the Seine, an indie rocker’s fantasy of his grandparents’ first kiss.”

Beggar In The Morning by The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers, a Montreal-based band centered around brothers Andrew and Brad Barr, just released their self-titled debut album. Beggar In The Morning is the song I keep coming back to and playing on repeat. It is beautiful. I have a feeling I’ll be writing much more about these guys in blogs to come.

“Oh I want an angel to wipe my tears / I want my dreams, my hopes, desires and fears / We may capsize but we wont drown / Hold each other as the sun goes down.”

Check out this very cool video of the song.

THE GREATEST

The Chain by Fleetwood Mac

When I was first learning how to play the guitar I was fascinated by fingerpicking. I learned Blackbird by The Beatles and drove my parents crazy by sitting in my room playing it at every chance I got. Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain, the album’s most complicated compositions, blends Lindsey Buckingham’s fingerpicking with the electric guitar, creating a distinctive guitar/banjo sound. I particularly love that it is the only track that all members of the band collaborated on. Stolen from my mom’s music collection, The Chain remains one of the most influential songs in my library.

Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel


Sometimes I wish I was born in an earlier decade, just so that I could have heard Simon & Garfunkel perform Cecilia at their prime as a folk duo. I imagine the room filled to its brim with energy, harmonies bouncing off the walls, the percussion shaking the floors and a musical enlightenment for those lucky enough to be a part of the magic. In honor of my first “latest and greatest” blog post, Simon & Garfunkel’s masterpiece Cecilia from their 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water takes the cake for the greatest song in my collection.

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