Thinking Ahead - To Write Love On Her Arms

As will become very apparent over the next few days - I'm starting to plan concerts for the early part of 2013. Earlier this week, To Write Love on her Arms (a fantastic organization) announced that the concert event they put on in Orlando earlier this year would be touring, and Chicago was on the list of cities. Among other artists, Noah Gundersen is going to be there, which means you should be too. I know I will.

Here's a video of Noah, his sister Abby, and a bunch of other fine musicians from the TWLOHA show in Orlando earlier this year:

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0UvF0MBH9M&w=640&h=360]

 

And, just for fun - a fan shot video of Noah and Abby doing the song "Moss on a Rolling Stone":

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGrIvq5a6pc&w=640&h=360]

 

This is gonna be one you probably don't want to miss.

2 Days

I'm feeling super nostalgic these last few days, and this time of the year is always kind of hard for me. I'm trying to honor the quiet, wistful yearning that's sitting deep in my chest, and the music I've listened to the last few days as really reflected that. I know I said I'd try and throw some higher energy stuff up here, but I think I just need a few more days to sit with those songs that tangle themselves up in your heart/lungs/throat and make it a little bit harder for three or four minutes, but leave you feeling a little bit better afterward.  

This Strand of Oaks cover of Damien Jurado's "Ohio" brings me near tears every time. Every time. Special thanks to Heather over at Fuel/Friends for opening my eyes to this:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcB04pzT0-c&w=640&h=360]

 

I've loved this Joni Mitchell song since high school, and to have Noah Gundersen cover it, and to cover it like this, holy shit:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QDotNjwc9k&w=640&h=360]

 

This performance, of this song:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAgbX7OYamQ&w=640&h=360]

 

And, when feelings are abundant, Ryan Adams is always a good idea. Or a tearful, no-air-in-lungs idea. Something like that:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihRqtqK3R3M&w=640&h=360]

 

I really will try and get some higher energy stuff into these posts soon - let's just settle down and eat some turkey, and have fun with the people we love these next few days.

 

Thanks for going on this journey with me, it would mean the world if you showed this blog to just one person you think might like it. Or share it on Facebook, or Twitter, or whatever. I really am thankful for everyone who reads this.

Noah Gundersen

I saw Noah Gundersen on Tuesday night. He's unbelievable. And stunning. And astounding. And you should listen to him. His sister, Abby Gundersen, is also amazing. Noah's new album is being mixed right now, so look for that and a bigger tour on the horizon. In the meantime - noahgundersen.bandcamp.com. Buy stuff. Be happy. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbtfnHg3Lwo&w=640&h=360]

 

Also -

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3txd7MUfZVo&w=640&h=360]

 

And then, they finished the evening with this (right as we collectively discovered Obama was projected to win Ohio, and the presidency):

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpnNOg9TTuA&w=640&h=360]

 

Buy his music. See him on tour (I may be going to see him again in Madison on Saturday.). Enjoy!