You were a Photograph

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Tears for Fears – The Hurting (1983)

Earlier this year, my uncle decided to host a bi-monthly game similar to this one my friends have been doing for the past five years, except in his game we only listen to one album and we do it in person at his house. The first album was Boston’s self-titled. This weekend, we did Tears for Fears’ debut album. I thought I’d share my thoughts about it with you here.

It’s been a little over three years since my friends and I listened to Tears for Fears’ second album and I haven’t really listened to them since), so I feel like I’m approaching it with a pretty fresh palate. Continue reading

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Working for a Paycheck

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life (2005)

I was at a national park for most of the week, so (when I got back) I just shared a single that is an inspiration for a song I’m working on. My song is still in the very beginning stages. And it has been for 10 years. Continue reading

The Drums are Calling You

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Indigo Swing – All Aboard! (1998)

This marks the first of three albums from the same genre: swing revival. I was reminded of this album a couple of months ago, but thought it deserved more than the single I was going to share that week.

More than any other genre, I was in the right place at the right time to appreciate and latch onto swing revival. And it has had a bigger influence on my songwriting more than any other genre other than classic rock. I’ve played in plenty of other bands, and I’d like to think I have decently broad musical horizons, but it might all come back to this kind of jazz for me. Fitting, because I think all modern music has its roots in jazz (which of course has its own influences). Continue reading

Pour My Wages Down My Throat

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Josh Doyle – Modern Times (Wave One) (2017)

It seems as though everything I listen to lately inspires me with something else to listen to and share. Two weeks ago I shared Rogue States, but I realized I had never heard any of Josh Doyle’s solo stuff. So I’ve spend the last couple of weeks combing through his catalog. Continue reading