I attended a funeral a few weeks ago and a family friend sang a song. He's a pastor, from a family of pastors who each have immense musical talent with no ambition whatsoever to make it "big." As he sang it occurred to me that his voice was as powerful some of the most famous voices of our time.
THE MUSIC MONOPOLY
I got to thinking of all of the talent amongst the "ordinary" people that I'll never hear. Then around that same week I created a playlist of some of my friends who make the most beautiful music on the planet . . . because recently I got clear that there are only three major music labels in the world but they provide 80% of the music we hear in the mainstream, so I figured I'd step out from under their umbrella and explore the people in my own orbit as well as those who are outside of the spotlight.
Did you know that there are over 7500 varieties of apples grown around the world, but when you go to the grocery store there are what, about six to choose from: red delicious, granny smith, gala, fuji, braeburn, pink lady. Right? What about the others? I'd like an opportunity to see if there are other apples I might like better or as well.
Do we really need to be spoon fed what we listen to by record labels that may have hidden agendas which aren't the best for us personally, relationally and even globally. We have the power to create our own life soundtrack, flow and rhythm from independent artists, the hidden and unsung gems who are sprinkled throughout our planet. I can't remember when I've enjoyed discovering new music so much in my life.
Click the shuffle button and explore this playlist today while you're making dinner, cleaning your house, getting ready to go out. I've opened the comment section below for you to SUGGEST any INDEPENDENT ARTISTS that WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF.
Warning: I have very diverse appreciation of music so you'll find a wide range of music (jazz, folk, acoustic guitar, progressive rock, reggae, hip hop, world, etc.) Some tracks I know you'll love, others not so much. Below are a highlight of some of my favorite artists as well as new discoveries and the tracks to keep an ear out for.
The first song on this list was a song recommended to me by my daughter:
"Down The Road" by C2C years ago and still love it.
Northern Californian artist, Fantastic Negrito "An Honest Man" & "In The Pines"
Brooklyn-based Suede Jenkins: Hlduk Hey Love Donchu K/PackforWintervrsnow
St. Lucian Taj Weekes: "Angry Language" & "Little Fire" are a couple of my favs.
Folksy, Jamaican-born Sparlha Swa's musical audiobook "Moongazing Story" is a wonderful bedtime listen.
Kelan Phil Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's "Cuernavaca" & "Gagut"
Donna McAfee's got a Minnie Riperton range: "After The Rain"
Dude sounds just like Jay-Z: Christopher LeMark with a more mindful and positive message.
Nahko Bear and Medicine For The People's "Aloha ke Akua"
My Venice Beach Crew includes: Little Panda with her angelic voice accompanied by acoustic guitar "Safe," The Makepeace Brothers' "What A Day" and husband/wife duo Avasa & Matty Love's "What If."
Lhasa de Sela "Love Came Here" I became obsessed with this song from my friend's first dance at their wedding.
Martin Luther's version of "Heart-Shaped Box"
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Day 21 of 10/13 Moons