Second mixtape of the year. February has my birthday in it so is a month I always enjoy. In Harrogate there have been signs spring might come soon. Its also seen beginning of Lent, the Christian season of “bright sadness” that focussed on making space for the eternal and beginning to anticipate Easter. As the month ends this year my part of the world is gripped by freezing temperatures and snow. Exciting and fun but also a sign that winter’s bite is not over yet!
Here’s a mix of upbeat and reflective music, ending with a prayer. I hope you enjoy listening to it.
What have you been listening to this month?
In December Spotify sent me a playlist of the songs I’d played most last year. There were some surprises (and some skewed results due to my son’s taste for minecraft parodies) but it was fun to listen to what I’d been listening to.
Music stays with me, and songs become attached to certain moments. Like fragrance, I find song can instantly take me back somewhere, remind me of a person or lift me out of my current place. Music helps me appreciate the world, concentrate, get distracted and worship.
I used to love making mixtapes, to give to people or to play in our car (it is only our most recent car that plays cds not tapes. We are in automobile terms old fashioned.)
So I’ve decided to start some mixtape playlists, a few of my favourite pieces of music from each month to share with you, if you’d like to listen.
Here is January’s tape. The new year started fairly reflectively for me (as it does often) lots of looking back and desiring space, silence, prayer, but gradually I’ve got going and I think that is reflected in the songs. One or two are favourites from 2017 and a few are things I have heard for the first time this month.
I hope you enjoy this with me! What have you been listening to?
“It’s like being at base camp and looking up at an unconquerable mountain; can’t dwell on the difficulty, you have to just start the journey, One step follows the next which leads the way to the next. There will be missteps but as long as the vision is whole, the mountain will fall.”
Like what I’ve been hearing from the new DJ Shadow album, love this quote from him on the creative process.
I found the quote on Pitchfork.
Rivers and Robots are one of my favourite discoveries from last year. I love their creative, indie-inspired approach to worship music. Their new video is a brilliant take on the “lyric video” idea.
If you like this then you’ll be glad to know they are giving their newest album away on Come & Live!
One of the band, Jonathan, wrote a great post on creativity recently. It’s well worth a read.
I personally think this has everything you could want in a music video: space, samples, stock footage and some pretty awesome moves. Love it!
Noise Trade (I think I’ve said this before) is one of my favourite sites ever.
Enjoying these free downloads today.
Loud Harp: big, spacy, worship music (via Tom)
The Weight of Glory 2nd Edition and Thrift Store Jesus by Heath McNease: Folky, playful hip-hop.
Both artists deserve your ears.