Monday, December 27, 2010

Musical Monday

So if you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook or read the blog yesterday, it should be pretty obvious who is going to be featured on today's Musical Monday.

I've been hearing about Mumford and Sons for a few months now and everyone who has mentioned them has been absolutely raving about them. I'd been meaning to pick up their debut album for a long time and just found other things to buy and kept skipping them.

What a fool I was.

Seriously, I finally downloaded this on Christmas Eve and have been listening to it pretty much non-stop since then. While it doesn't quite beat out The Paper Raincoat for me, it's a very, very close second. Mumford & Sons has a really unique sound. It's listed on their site as "folk rock" but with the banjo in it, I can't help but hear a pretty strong bluegrass sound. Which they pull of beautifully, especially for a bunch of Londoners! All I know is that listening to this album is a spiritual experience for me. The vocals are incredibly raw and passionate, the instrumentation is full of energy, and the lyrics are just out of this world.

The download is still just five dollars from Amazon and I promise, you will not spend a better five bucks this Christmas season. Go return that little piece of tchotchke that you got and use some of that to pick up this album. Really and truly, it's a thing of beauty and your day will be better for listening.

The song that has really moved me big time has been Timshel. I listened to it about a dozen times yesterday. I'm sure it's due largely in part to my affection for the Not Alone series here on the blog, but when the harmonies are combined with the lyric, it just grabs my soul in a deep way. Enjoy the song and then really, go buy this album.

Cold is the water
It freezes your already cold mind
Already cold, cold mind
And death is at your doorstep
And it will steal your innocence
But it will not steal your substance

But you are not alone in this
And you are not alone in this
As brothers we will stand and we'll hold your hand
Hold your hand

And you are the mother
The mother of your baby child
The one to whom you gave life
And you have your choices
And these are what make man great
His ladder to the stars

But you are not alone in this
And you are not alone in this
As brothers we will stand and we'll hold your hand
Hold your hand

And I will tell the night
Whisper, "Lose your sight"
But I can't move the mountains for you 

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