The sad news broke this morning that Aretha Frankin, the Queen of Soul, had died…
In remembrance of her extraordinary life and work, we offer these seven of our favorite songs.
Do you have other favorites of her songs that should be included here?
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from Publishers Weekly…
We recap these all for your listening pleasure in Advent, and the coming Christmas season!
Rain for Roots, Josh Garrels, Tom Petty, Over the Rhine, MORE
Includes a Spotify playlist for streaming…
OTR has especially made a name for themselves for with their annual Christmas tour, which they have been doing for almost two decades.
As we prepare for the beginning of Advent on Sunday, we offer this playlist of Advent-themed songs. Some of these are were not necessarily written as Advent songs, but they wrestle with vital themes of the season nonetheless.
*** includes most, but not all the songs below
Browse the list below for other excellent songs
that are NOT available on Spotify
Compiled by Madeline Cramer
“I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me,” said Dylan Thomas (the poet who inspired Robert Allen Zimmerman to legally change his last name at 19), and perhaps Bob Dylan’s poetry and music has achieved its legendary, timeless status by encompassing those three parts of the human experience so well.
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(Albums arranged in the order they were released… )
I’m a big fan of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. I’ve found it a great (and FREE) way to be introduced to wonderful new music.
SO… In honor of International Women’s Day, which was earlier this week, I count down my ten favorite Tiny Desk Concerts featuring women musicians!
Mackenzie Scott’s quiet early music gave hints that she could get loud, but I still wasn’t prepared for the ferocity of her new work. Recording as Torres, she spends her new album Sprinter unleashing as-yet-unheard intensity and power, all while performing with incredible prowess. (NPR)
American society has been rapidly fragmenting over the last century, and amidst this crumbling edifice, we have elected a president that conservative pundit David Brooks has called “professionally unprepared, intellectually ill informed, morally compromised and temperamentally unfit.” Today is not our nation’s finest day.
And yet, in this season of chaos and uncertainty, our hope runs deeper than the future of an empire. Since the election, I have been finding hope in the quiet-yet bold folk music of John the Silent, the nom de plume of Orthodox priest Joel David Weir. Weir’s keen songwriting bears witness to the hope we find in vulnerability, friendship, mutual care.
Here are a couple sample songs for you to check out…
You won’t find Bing Crosby here, but rather the classics nicely arranged in a variety of styles…
Download these digital albums and enjoy…
As we ramp up this week toward Christmas Day, here are eight of our favorite albums that don’t fit the typical Christmas music mold.
Download these digital albums and listen now…