Tuned Up Portraits I: How You Are Coping With 2020 (Part 2)
We asked you all (and a lot of bands) to tell us about a song that was helping them through the ups and downs of 2020 along with a photo of themselves. Here’s the first volume. Let us know in the comments what question you want to ask for the next series!
“I’m Sierra, the front-person of First Responder. “Only the Strong” by Laura Marling from her latest release Songs for Our Daughter has been my go-to pandemic track. It’s totally a song I’ve cried-sang to in the shower but also have ran to, walked to, and read to. It’s so lovely and singable that it’s served as a great soundtrack to these odd times.”
“I would have to say the song that really helped me through the quarantine was “Counting Sheep” by Shakey Graves. Throughout the summer I was completely nocturnal. So I had to stay pretty quiet or leave the apartment not to wake my roommates. So I would go on long walks through the streets of Ridgewood, which around 2-3AM were completely abandoned. I would put that song on and start wandering. The haunting group vocals and pretty guitars that start the song would just take the weight of the world off my shoulders and let me just exist for a while without worrying about the state of the world.” – Jonathan Adams of @theupstartcrows.
“I’m @laurendavidsonmusic and I’m an Urban Country Artist from New York City. “Eachother” by Grace Potter is a song that has shed some light for me during this pandemic. I remember hearing Grace sing it on a Facebook live just her and her guitar and was so moved by her vocal and her ability to express emotion through what was happening in the world, then hearing the full production featuring Jackson Browne, Marcus King, and Lucious and the emotion in each of their voices. It made me feel a rush and mix of emotions all at the same time but most of all hopeful that we’ll get through the hardships together”
“Hello, I’m @rachelmayermusic, singer/songwriter. The piece that has gotten me through 2020 is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. We all recognize the last movement with its awe inspiring ‘Ode to Joy’, but the entire piece is a monument and rededication to the upward thrust of the human spirit. Listening to this music is like putting on interior armor. “
“Like most, I’ve had a pretty disastrous quarantine, including a pretty huge life transition. Gleemer’s new record “Down Through,” most notably the intro track ‘Brush Back’ has been the soundtrack to me pushing forward and feeling better about what next year holds when this is all over.” – Chris from Limbs.
“The song that’s stuck with me the most during quarantine has been “Philosophy of Love” by @thechaingangof1974. I remember hearing some of the first few singles from his new album, Honey Moon Drips, at the beginning of quarantine, but when I first heard Philosophy of Love, something clicked that didn’t with the other songs. in my mind, there’s a particular nocturnal escapism that comes from synth-driven pop music, and musically, this song brought back memories of late nights out in the city, while the more serious nature of the lyricism conjured mental images of a reality that one can only imagine (or has perhaps lived). it’s an interesting juxtaposition I think about every time I hear it.” – Michael Belt
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