Throwback Track Thursday: “Companion – Lay Me Down” – Wide Mouth Mason

Weird as it may seem, I’m a fan of music I can not only listen to but also physically own. There are variations to how I choose to own music, with my favourite of favourites often being artists I have music on multiple media. Wide Mouth Mason is one such artist. I love their entire catalogue as a longtime fan of their work, but this song, this song just seems to bring me the sun sonically on a rather dreary cold winter day. The music video’s vibe of laid back grooves match the repeating guitar chords that ties this song to my musical heart.

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Tune of the Tuesday: “Rewrite The Stars” – Zac Efron and Zendaya

I. Love. This. Song. I am admittedly more of a music person more than a movie person. Such that there are movie soundtracks that I have purchased in a physical and/or digital format where I had not yet watched the movie the music was to accompany. Including many movies where I have listened to the soundtrack many times over but have ceased an interest in watching the movie itself. “Rewrite The Stars” is not from one of those movie soundtracks, but my plans to watch the movie “The Greatest Showman” are on hold until I find enough time to lose myself in what looks to be a beautifully filmed musical from all the trailers and previews I have seen. This song in particular is what I want to see visualized as the lyrics are so poignant, so full of emotion that I want to see how the actors behind this duet made the words live in their actions. I cannot stop listening to this song and the entire soundtrack.

Belated Tune of the Tuesday: “The One I Hurt” – Whitehorse

Luke Doucet and his White Falcon are a good combination on their own. Adding Melissa McLelland to create the music by Whitehorse. That is an even better combination! I am a fan of each of the component parts of Whitehorse, but their combined musical powers are definitely a force to be reckoned with. While recently, the duo toured with a full band backing them, it is their live performance as a duo that is compelling to experience. I love this song’s call and answer and how the different parts are conveyed through different means of amplification beyond the solo studio microphone.

Tune of the Tuesday: “In The Blood” – John Mayer

I can feel love the I want, I can feel the love I need
But it’s never gonna come the way I am
Could I change it if I wanted, can I rise above the flood?
Will it wash out in the water, or is it always in the blood?

– “In The Blood” – John Mayer

Today’s Tuesday track was a random track my iPod played as I was driving home from a meeting with clients. Not only did the chorus of the song speak to me personally, but the lyrics of the song itself also spoke to the work I do each day working with those who may not have always had the best environment to grow up in. I’ve had some good, perhaps even great moments, in the early part of the work week so far that have reminded me why I love the work I do. And less work moments with fractious people that make me wonder if what I do will ever be enough. This song could definitely be a soundtrack for not just my work life but the lives I encounter (and hopefully change a bit for the better) in my work.

Tune of the Tuesday: “Girlfriend” – Anderson East

There’s a rasp and growl to Anderson East’s voice in this song that suggests Ray Lamontagne in style mixed with the groove and grit of soulful keys and horns. The theme of the song is one evoked before and one that will be echoed in the future, but the level of swag that East gives in this song is delicious ear candy. One line over the driving beats, and I find myself trying to stop from visibly bobbing my head to the rhythm as I move through my day with the song in my ears. A catchy collection of chords indeed.

What I’m Listening to Lately: McFly

There are definitely some benefits to discovering a band later than the usual, the most being that one can binge-listen to the catalogue available at the time without the usual wait for a new album with new music. Since a later discovery means everything is new to you! 

I’m not particularly ageist in my musical listenings, thankfully, so when I started really listening to the catchy tunes and covers of a UK band named The Vamps, their decision to do two McFly covers on The Vamps YouTube channel had me curious about the original being covered. Thus, I searched for and found the music of McFly. 

With some chagrin, I realised that I had inadvertently been introduced to a bit of the McFly music via the viral videos of McFly’s Tom Fletcher. I’d no idea that Tom’s wedding speech video was based on McFly melodies and the more I listened, the more McFly music that became part of my collection. 

Without The Vamps, I might not have known of McFly. And now I join others in waiting for hopefully more McFly music.