My 25 Favourite Songs of 2012: Part 1

Piano-Wallpaper-music-24173621-1280-800Honestly, who doesn’t love the “Best of ” lists that come out at this time every year?  I can’t enough of them, so I decided this year I am getting into the action and creating one of my own.  Then I felt a little cocky for thinking I could come up with what was the best music of 2012, there were probably amazing songs released that I didn’t even hear.  So I decided all I could do was make a list of my favourite songs of this year at this moment!  In order to build anticipation I am going to do five posts (I know the waiting will be unbearable).  Feel free to let me know your thoughts, if you love a song, hate a song, would add a song, etc.  Just know that if you disagree with me you will be wrong!  So here we go, starting at number 25! Continue reading

Experiencing God Through Bon Iver

Last night my wife and I attended a mind blowing concert by the Wisconsin band Bon Iver.  Bon Iver’s self titled second album was released earlier this year, and in my opinion is by far the best album of the year.   What makes Bon Iver so incredible is the way that they take a bunch of random, and odd sounds and bring them together to make something beautiful.  At any one moment the nine person band could all be singing in harmony, one of their two drummers could be soloing, there could be a clarinet solo, a trombone creating just a layer of noise, a massive saxophone (is there such thing as a bass sax) making bizarre noises, trumpet valves being used as percussion, with Justin Vernon’s falsetto rising above it all.  If you were to hear any of these parts on their own you could not envision that when layered together they would create a breathe taking soundscape, but that is exactly what happens. Continue reading