It's the comfortable, breezy, warm time of summer. Friends are in town for several weeks. Toby's climbing around the town playgrounds. New England business feels like it's in a cocoon, as "out of office" messages arrive and auto e-mails suggest that all of Europe is on vacation.
Here are a few things for you that might resonate with this naturally introspective time.
What's the gentle musical equivalent of chicken soup? (or a latte?)
Enya or Peter Gabriel's soundtrack, Passion, perhaps. But here are a few modern folk songs of the is-the-singer-whispering variety; you know, Elliot Smith type stuff. A few I've mentioned before, though they'd stood the test of time on personal mixes.
Hyperlinks should open your iTunes for previews.
- Alexi Murdoch: "All My Days" on Time Without Consequence
- Eliza Gilkyson: "Requiem" on Paradise Hotel
- Hem: "Half Acre" on Rabbit Songs (yes, the Liberty Mutual commercial track)
- Iron and Wine: "Such Great Heights" on Such Great Heights - EP (a slow, acoustic cover of the frenetic Postal Service song featured in Garden State)
- Jose Gonzales: "Heartbeats" on Veneer. (I cannot get enough of this cover of one of The Knife's hits, several years after I first recommended it. Poor J-Fav, though, is probably quite tired of it.)
- Alanis Morissette: "Thank U" on Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.
The Usual Nonacoustic Links
- "An alternate reality game (ARG) is an interactive narrative that uses the real world as a platform, often involving multiple media and game elements, to tell a story that may be affected [sic] by participants' ideas or actions." (Wikipedia. Holy cow, I apologize for using them as a source.)
- Seth Godin: "Weird stuff happens at trade shows," which links to a movie with Bill Gates and Napoleon Dynamite (!).
- A colleague at work pointed me to a (Japanese?) video short regarding crowds...