Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Album of My Summer


This is the album of my summer, Strange Trails, and I wish I could write the words to explain how important it is. This is what I have listened to while running over a hundred and fifty miles. This is what I am hauling water buckets, bales, and driving to. This is the album I have written my best words to and fascinated about things I would never dare write about. It is a crime I don't own it on vinyl, but recreational spending is on hold. The whole album is available to listen to above, and song by song on Youtube. If you love rock, Elvis, over thinking, indie rock, and force and hope - listen to it. It is meant to be listened to as one thing. Every song blends perfectly into the next. It is exhilarating in it's composition. It is fun, sexy, dark, hopeful, and when you are done listening you feel stronger.

Guys, if you stopped caring about new music because of children, work, life - start again. Listen to this. Get it on iTunes or on CD for your car. Listen to it and soak. You can work out, eat well, dream, meditate, and do anything else to improve but nothing is as influential and invigorating as good music you never heard before. 

15 Comments:

Blogger V said...

I used to talk about music like that. Because of your passion about it I had to take a listen and right away I was sucked in. I listened for over half an hour. (then, alas, dinner time)

Just listened. Didn't also check my email or give in to random thoughts of things I should get done.

I haven't just listened to music like that in a long time. I forgot how good it can be to do so.

Thanks for the reminder.

July 6, 2016 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

Love this album...gardened to it all last summer and still listen to it a lot--probably almost everyday this summer while watering. It does need to be listened to in full. New music is the best. The lumineers cleopatra and the lowest pair's latest albums helped me finish the school year. A soul needs music to stay fresh.

July 6, 2016 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

...and you are right about this making one feel stronger. By the time meet me in the woods comes on my heart is usually singing!

July 6, 2016 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger kbrow said...

For me, it's been Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop's album, "Love Letter for Fire."

July 6, 2016 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

V- it really is fantastic, and if you get a chance (any of you reading this) - starting around 20:15 at Fool For Love into the end of the album is an amazing second and third act.

July 6, 2016 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Lara! I agree 100% a soul needs music to stay fresh. There are people I meet for the first time and I think - this person hasn't heard a song they care about in five years...

Loved Cleopatra (got it opening day) but never heard the Lowest Pairs, recommend a song or five? Exciting!

July 6, 2016 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Kbrow, that is a gorgeous album.

July 6, 2016 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Karen S said...

Thank you for a new (to me) artist. I was able to find it on Freegal music (through my library). I will be able to download it a few songs a week for free. They have 4 of his albums so it will take me a while but well worth it. I've been listening to Strange Trails all day since I read your post. Thanks again!

July 6, 2016 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

Thanks for this post, I love having music on in the background when I'm working on a quilt, or just pottering round in the kitchen.
I have been enjoying finding new bands on NPR Tiny Desk Concert on Youtube, some of which I think you have recommended in the past - Iron & Wine, The Civil Wars, Hoozier - but the band I keep coming back to is Nickel Creek.

Have also been on a bit of a country music run too, mainly via Youtube vids, where I choose one song I know I like, and off it goes from video to video of similar songs. Some of the bands are well known, but I always seek out the acoustic performances rather than the official ones - current faves are Maddie & Tae - the top 2 songs are 'After The Storm Rolls Through' & 'Fly'. Also heard a Cam song on the radio 'Burning House' which I love, but one that has me on the verge of tears is her song 'Village' - you can find lots of Cam interviews or live performances where she talks about the idea behind the songs - Village was written as a gift for a close friend whose older brother died suddenly.

A final song that stopped me in my tracks, came up as a random Youtube selection is a duet from 2010, 2 singers I had never heard of - but this song was on a loop for quite a while 'The Water' by Johnny Flynn & Laura Morley, 1 guitar, 2 singers, filmed in his backyard - just mesmerizing voices and harmonies.

This random selection may not be to everyone's taste, but who knows, someone out there may discover a new band they are interested in finding out more about, and just listen - or as you get to know the words, sing along, that's also a huge part of enjoying music to me.

July 6, 2016 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Lesley UK said...

Hi Jenna, I'm still voting on 'Mortgage Lifter' every day. Is it still running? My husband also 'votes' for you, although he doesn't know it. lol, I so hope you win. Blessings

July 7, 2016 at 5:40 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

Magpies at Sunset, Oh Susanna, Howl, Like I Did Before, When they Dance the Mountains Shake, Dreaming of Babylon...think they did a pretty good job with their pick a little album too.

They've come up to my area the last few years, perform in an old depot building where all the doors and windows are kept wide open spring, summer, and fall. Live they get pretty rip roaring. Kendall's banjo...they write their own stuff. I got hooked.

July 7, 2016 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Maggie May said...

Love this album! Been listening to it for a few months now too. Where did you go? Missing your facebook posts now that we're blocked from them. :( Hope everything is ok.

July 7, 2016 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Kelsey Ward said...

I love this album! I feel the same, I can't seem to get sick of them :)

July 7, 2016 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Thank you for the new suggestion! You often offer great musical recommendations :^)

July 8, 2016 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Erika Keller said...

Loving this album! Thanks for the suggestion!

July 17, 2016 at 8:28 AM  

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