The Friday Five – July 7, 2017

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I’ve been trying to slow myself down a little these days.  I’m spending less time online and more time outdoors.  I’m trying to rush less and pause more and allow time to pass at its own pace instead of urging it forward.  And with this change, I’ve found myself drawn to more soothing music.  I used to require the urgency of punk or good, driving indie rock to get me through the workday.  But these days, I fill my eight hours with a softer sound (with the occasional burst of Sleater-Kinney for the moments that need some electricity).

For this week’s Friday Five, I thought I’d share some of the quieter sounds I go to when I’m trying to stay grounded in the moment.

Frally – “Song Bird”

Sarah Harmer, Bry Webb & Jim Guthrie – “Long Time Before This”

Marketa Irglova – “Point of Creation”

Sufjan Stevens – “Death With Dignity”

Tori Amos – “Twinkle”

Holiday Sampler, December 6

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I’m such a huge Sufjan Stevens fan.  I love everything he does, and his enormous collection of Christmas music is no exception to that.  I’m sure this won’t be my last time highlighting a tune from the “Silver & Gold” release, but this is my favorite, and I couldn’t wait any longer to post it.

December 6: Sufjan Stevens, “Christmas in the Room”