Listen. Indie. Volume 1

6 Oct

     

Let me preface this by saying I went to see a concert last night and was so moved by the music, I had to share. My disclaimer for this post is that it is intense, personal and supposed to move you to expand your “musical horizons.”

   

Music is everything. It transcends language, stereotypes, politics and oppression. To me, it is the “light” at the end of every tunnel. Musicians are poets. They give us their secrets, which were lying dormant in their souls, on paper, in verses and through the chords played on their instruments. All of us, through our varied experiences, can relate.  Dave Matthews sings, in Funny the Way it is,     

“Funny the way it is, if you think about it
One kid walks 10 miles to school, another’s dropping out
Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
On a soldier’s last breath his baby’s being born
Funny the way it is, nor right or wrong
Somebody’s broken heart becomes your favorite song”
 
This is true and what makes music so profound. The same exact song can have a million meanings. You just have to reach out and find yours. My best moments, greatest failures and everywhere in between are woven together by the music or soundtrack if you will, of my life. I am so happy that the importance of song was instilled in me by my Mom from zero on. If your journey was different, it is not too late. Listen. Absorb. Be selfish and take from it what you need and leave the rest for others to interpret. If I had nothing, and some of us do, at least we have music.
 
Every so often, I will have new volumes with artists or songs I think are amazing. Today it is a spotlight on Indie, Singer-Songwriters that are NOT too be missed.  
 
 
Luella says…LISTEN 

AMOS LEE

Amos Lee (born June 20, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His musical style encompasses folk, soul, and jazz. He has released three albums: Amos Lee, Supply and Demand and Last Days at the LodgeLee performs with drummer Fred Berman and bassist Jaron Olevsky. Some of his musical influences include Stevie Wonder, John Prine, Bill Withers, and James Taylor.     

      

Songs, all performed LIVE, all written by Amos Lee.      

      

LEARNED A LOT     

     

      

STREET CORNER PREACHER     

     

      

 SEEN IT ALL BEFORE     

       

(others to CLICK and listen to)     

WINDOWS     

NIGHT TRAIN     

       

CHRIS PUREKA

“A New England folkie with a parched, wounded voice and a mean way with an acoustic guitar, Pureka makes romantic depression seem, somehow, invigorating.”-LA Daily News     

“An interviewer asked Chris Pureka to sum up her music as a haiku. I will: Folky sorrowful songs of loneliness and hurt, longing to reunite. Her tunes have the grave Appalachian flavor of Neil Young and Gillian Welch; her guitar playing is subdued but quietly virtuosic. And her voice can be a desolate whisper or a bitter accusation. There’s no comfort, for her, in the clarity of her observations.” – John Pareles, THE NEW YORK TIMES     

      

Songs, all performed LIVE, all written by Chris Pureka.      

      

CALIFORNIA     

     

      

SONG FOR NOVEMBER     

     

      

TIME IS THE ANCHOR     

     

(others to CLICK and listen to)     

WRECKING BALL     

AUGUST 28th     

 

JOE PURDY

Joe Purdy is an American folk singer-songwriter who has recorded and released ten albums in eight years. A regular at The Hotel Café in Los Angeles, Purdy traveled to the UK with Tom McRae in 2006 as part of McRae’s Hotel Cafe Tour. Purdy’s appearance at the Wireless Festival in Leeds led to a special request from The Who member Pete Townshend and his girlfriend Rachel Fuller to play with them at their acoustic In the Attic Series shows.     

      

Songs, all performed LIVE, all written by Joe Purdy.      

       

THE CITY     

     

      

YOU CAN TELL GEORGIA     

     

      

CANYON JOE     

       

(others to CLICK and listen to)     

I LOVE THE RAIN THE MOST     

CAN’T SEEM TO GET IT RIGHT TODAY     

Take some time out and listen/watch the above artists. Musically we live in a world now where originality and  organic journeys barely exist. Let’s start a movement to try to change that.     

No matter where you live, find your local  Hotel Cafe, The Cutting Room or McCabes Guitar Shop. As Marvin Gaye sang, “Can I Get  a Witness.” Go support and witness live music for yourself. I would love to hear back from you about what artists you love and who moves and inspires you.   

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4 Responses to “Listen. Indie. Volume 1”

  1. JD October 6, 2010 at 4:02 PM #

    Fantastic post with amazing singer, songwriters – they are for sure must haves on my playlists! Great job!

    • Luella says October 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM #

      Thanks JD, we both have my husband to thank! xo

  2. Jess Powell October 14, 2010 at 12:12 PM #

    Loved reading your thoughts about music. It made me want to shuffle up my play list — thanks for the recommendations!

    P.S. I met your husband at a trade show recently (I’m a friend of Mason and Brittney’s) — Ralph sent me a link to your blog. Great stuff!

    • Luella says October 14, 2010 at 12:18 PM #

      Thanks so much Jess! He told me about you as well. Really hope I get to meet you some day! Hugs

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