'My Essential Music’ is a new feature on the FRVPLD blog, continuing our prior exploration of staff favorites, 'My Essential Books.' We'll talk up our favorite music in the hope that you may give these artists a chance, or at least appreciate our passion for the music that has made us who we are.
I’ve always been a fan of Alison and Robert respectively, but I never expected that together (with the help of producer T Bone Burnett) they would put out such a genre defying album. Raising Sand introduced me to the dark corners of Americana that I know and love today.
My Favorite Track: "Your Long Journey"--Alison and Robert’s cover of this Doc Watson classic is one I always come back to in times of grief. R.I.P Nana.
"Fond memories I'll keep of happy ways / That on earth we trod / And when I come we will walk hand in hand / As one in heaven in the family of god"
Formerly known as the Honeycutters, their music is lyrically driven: exploring life and all the different types of people you’ll encounter while living it. There’s something about Platt’s ability to tap into emotions and experiences mixed with the band’s tight musicianship that makes each album special. Each one deals with trials, persistence, introspection and self-awareness in its own way.
My Favorite Tracks: “Ache,” "The Guitar Case," "Lucky," "Texas '81"
This album came out just last year and has been in heavy rotation ever since. Each time I listen to it I find a new reason to love it, a new way I relate to it. The Weight of these Wings is a double album that examines loss in more ways than one: on the broader scale (“The Nerve”) as well as up-close and personal (“The Heart”). It represents the journey that heartbreak takes us on—we start off in denial, maybe we drink a lot. We find things to do to pass the time. And then one day, we start to heal.
My Favorite Tracks: "Vice," "Keeper of the Flame," "I've Got Wheels"
“Sometimes these wings get a little heavy / I can’t stay between the lines but I’m rockin’ steady / When I can’t fly, I start to fall / But I’ve got wheels / I’m rolling on”