I’ve spent a considerable amount of time (about 20 years) away from the airwaves of contemporary music.
I’ve enjoyed brief stints with bands like Spin Doctors and Smash Mouth. But mostly I was immersed in the world of Raffi and Jungle Jam and Veggie Tales.
Then suddenly my youngest is 15 and I realize I have no idea what sort of music is out there anymore. I had had brief contact with band names that made me scratch my head (Death Cab for Cutie? Decemberists ? Imagine Dragons?).
I have recently been branching out and searching for bands that I like. Truly didn’t expect to find so many.
Thanks to my closest friend, my young facebook friends, and Pandora I’ve made some pleasing discoveries.
My number one favorite is Mumford & Sons. There is not one song that I fast forward. Not one. Yes, they do drop the occasional “F-bomb”…I survive because their lyrics are rich with the deeper stuff of life. Their songs contain lines like, “If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy, I could have won.” or how about “It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart…but the welcome I receive with the restart” ( “Roll Away Your Stone” dig the banjo!).
This video is missing keyboardist, Ben. Here’s one with all four of these amazing musicians. Awake My Soul. Favorite lyric: ” How fickle my heart and how woozy my eyes. I struggle to find any truth in your lies. “
ahhh… never get tired of them.
Another lesser-known band is Needtobreathe. In my heart, a very close second to Mumford & Sons.
Outsiders. Favorite lyric, “Just ’cause I’m wrong it don’t make you right.”
Why am I telling you this?
Because I figure there are others of you out there who are ready to find some good tunes.
Lastly: This one is fun.