Currently Writing To: The Bell that Never Rang

“As the door swung to lintel and the line became tight
I caught the man’s orders and swam to the light

Nobody knows when you’ll go and no-one thinks to tell you”
-Lau

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I originally started listening to Lau about four years ago. Their traditional fiddle medleys would always inspire me to pick up my violin and play.

More recently they have transitioned into experimental folk music, and I love it. They seamlessly, beautifully, incorporate strings into their music and have stunning lyrics.

Here is a relatively new song: The Bell that Never Rang by Lau. The build up at the end has me pressing replay over and over.

Currently Writing To: Traces of You – Anoushka Shankar ft. Norah Jones

Another fantastic song by Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones. They have such a wonderful connection despite their completely different styles. Being half-sisters undoubtedly helps, but they’re both so musically talented in their own respects, and create such beauty.

More uplifting than the other one I posted, it’s a wonderful way to start the day and settle down at my desk with tea and a fresh mind ready to write.

Currently Writing To: Intuition – Feist

The rainy season has started. The weekend was gorgeous, though, which was a wonderful treat. Slowly getting back into the groove of things. My schedule is finally back to normal, but it’s taking a while to recover. But I’m getting there.

Perfect for the chilly rainy fall days and some hot tea and writing, this song lets you sit back and breathe deeply. Nod your head along. Tap your fingers. And enjoy the tapping of rain against the window.

Currently Writing To: Between the Bars (Cover by Ivanna Maria)

There’s something so resonating about it. Something that keeps me listening over and over again. Beautifully melancholic in the depths of her voice. The pure emotion in her voice touches the heart in such profound ways.

A duet accompanied only by a guitar. Voices lift the music along with the soul.

Currently Relaxing To: Green Island Serenade – Vienna Teng

Work continues to be insanely busy. Any spare time I have is spent trying to relax.

I’ve posted some of her music before, but here is another one that I love. Her voice is soothing and sweet and it’s so easy to get lost in her music. Her rendition of this classic Chinese song is wonderful.

Currently Writing To: Bach Cello Suites – Mischa Maisky

Mischa Maisky is one of my favourite cellists, and I absolutely adore his version of Bach’s Cello Suites. Definitely worth having a CD copy of it. You can find the full playlist on youtube, as well. An older recording, I believe, but a marvellous one. I love the deep, rich cello tones, and the feeling he puts into his music.

Also I promise to reply to your comments soon! I have been rather overwhelmed with work these days. My apologies!

Currently Writing To: Ecstacy of Gold – Ennio Morricone [Yo Yo Ma]

First of all, I want to say a great big thank you to everyone who gave me music recommendations! I really appreciate all of your help! I’m slowly working my way towards rebuilding my music library! I look forward to going through all of the artists and songs you posted!

This is a piece that I always go back to in my youtube playlist. A phenomenal cellist, and phenomenal piece. Simply gorgeous.

May I Request some Music?

So normally on Mondays I share music that I’ve been listening to throughout the week.

But my external hard drive, where I stored all my music, completely died. And of course, being very smart, I did not back it up anywhere else.

So I lost basically all of my music.

Since I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had the time to rip any CDs or find any new music.

So today, instead of sharing music with you all, I was hoping I could get music recommendations!

My iTunes is empty, and I would love to listen to what you all like! I’m taking this chance to cleanse and revamp my music selection.

Songs, artists, massive lists, I’ll take it all!

I’m not picky about genre or style, so please don’t hold back.

Your recommendations are much appreciated!

Currently Writing To: You & I – John Legend

Now I don’t normally listen to pop music. I enjoy it, since it’s catchy and fun. But it’s not my usual genre. However, this song, and especially the video, are wonderful. It’s such an important message. It’s powerful because of the sheer number of people who can relate to the video. It’s something we often forget, or do automatically. But we need to remind ourselves that we have to love ourselves for who we are. Our imperfections included.

I love John Legend’s music, for his voice, his lyrics, and his pure talent.

So here’s the video and song that has been on repeat all weekend.

Currently Writing To: Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John – Belle & Sebastian, feat. Norah Jones

A track that’s perfect for a relaxing summer evening spent sipping on iced tea and getting some writing done. Lovely vocals, wonderful harmonies, and a very chill feel.

Got to enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts!

Currently Relaxing To: Pretty Little Foot – The Human Experience/Rising Appalachia

This is a queued post. (I prepared all nice and in advance for my absence!) But here is a track that’s perfect for summer. Chillhop is an awesome, relaxing genre.

To be honest, I’ll be listening to a whole variety of types of music at this point. But here’s one I’ve been listening to a lot recently, so I have no doubt it will be played many times on my trip.

A little different from my usual music posts, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless! Their stuff is available for free (or you choose the price) on their bandcamp. I highly recommend it! It was worth every penny I paid.

Currently Writing To: The Flower Duet – Leo Delibes

Stateless’ ‘I’m on Fire’ is one of my absolute favourite duets. This is another. It’s simply gorgeous, and the harmonies are perfect. It’s beautiful beyond words. Uplifting, and true to the lyrics, much like a spring morning spent in the garden.

Currently Writing To: Lullaby For Kamila – Nigel Kennedy and the Kroke Band

The whole CD, East Meets East, is amazing. Wild, with a sense of spirit and freedom. This is one of the slower songs, and it is gorgeous.

My descriptions do not do it justice. You have to listen for yourself!