My Top 10 for 2013 – 6 to 10

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Today we post the first 5 of my Top 10 for 2013.  The Canadian content in this group consists of a great song by Donovan Woods.  The Wire is likely the poppiest tune I have posted (or will post) but it is very catchy and becoming a huge hit.  Having said that, some “purists” will contest John Mayer being on any list.  I am a huge fan of his and greatly appreciate his abilities as both a songwriter and as an excellent guitarist.  Both are highlighted in Wildfire.  Enjoy!

10 “The Wire” by Haim

9 “Rumble and Sway” by Jamie N Common

8 “Wildfire” by John Mayer

7 “Put On, Cologne” by Donovan Woods

6 “Unbelievers” by Vampire Weekend

 

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Song Of The Day – John Mayer – Wildfire

John Mayer playing guitar on "Human Natur...

John Mayer playing guitar on “Human Nature” at Jackson’s memorial service on July 7, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The oft maligned John Mayer enters my Song of the Day series, yet again.  I say maligned as more often than not he is dismissed as nothing more than a pop artists.  I tend to disagree.  I find him a superior writer of songs, some pop, some a lot more than that, such as this tune, “Wildfire”.  In this tune he once again proves that he can write and do a great catchy song and showcase something else that people tend to miss.  As a guitar player, there are few performing today that are as good as he is.  He is a terrific player, up there with many of the recognized greats.  In the video, he really cuts loose at the 3:20 mark.  All in all, this song rates an A+ in my books.  Hope you enjoy.

My Favourite Songs of 2012 – Part 2

This is Part 2 of my list.

These songs are the ones that I will remember most from this year.  It certainly appears that the world of music is beginning its move away from the pop artists that have been so prevalent and returning to the creation and production of some exceptional songs.  About time I’d say.  I attribute this to the web and the ability of many new artists to reach the public through such areas as Bandcamp, soundcloud, YouTube, Twitter etc.  The advent of these devices has greatly expanded my musical horizons and will continue to do so.

I have chosen not to do a finite top ten list as I appreciated all of these songs and at certain times would have been my number 1.  In addition, I have chosen songs new to me this year, meaning they could be from anytime, although the majority are 2012.  I hope you enjoy.

The Echo Friendly – Same Mistakes

Haunting melody, interesting harmonies, good video.  This one snuck up on me and really grew on me.

The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling

These guys are on a roll.  Hope they keep it up.  El Camino is a great album.  Hope they don’t become the Gallagher’s redux.

Dave Matthews Band – Mercy

I suggest 2 things, in either order.  Close your eyes and listen to the lyrics and let the sound wash through you, then open them and watch the video.  Great song and message.

Mo Kenney – Sucker

This video is a duet with a favourite of mine, Joel Plaskett.  He produced her album as well.  Beautiful song.

Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

I don’t think Phil Spector was thinking banjos when he went with the wall of sound, but it works.  And live, incredible.  Singing lead, playing guitar and hitting the drum pedal.

Shawn Colvin – All Fall Down

One of those songs where I have absolutely no idea why I like it.  I hate the video, by the way.  Exceptional in its corniness.

John Mayer – Queen of California

I am an unabashed John Mayer fan.  His consistency is amazing.  Great player as well.

Phillip Phillips – Home

When I first heard this song on Idol as the required song in the final, I knew there was no way he would lose.  For the first time in American Idol history, the chosen first single for the winner was a perfect match.  I also did something I had never done for an Idol artist, I bought the song.

 

 

 

My Favourite Songs of 2012 – Part 2

This is Part 2 of my list.

These songs are the ones that I will remember most from this year.  It certainly appears that the world of music is beginning its move away from the pop artists that have been so prevalent and returning to the creation and production of some exceptional songs.  About time I’d say.  I attribute this to the web and the ability of many new artists to reach the public through such areas as Bandcamp, soundcloud, YouTube, Twitter etc.  The advent of these devices has greatly expanded my musical horizons and will continue to do so.

I have chosen not to do a finite top ten list as I appreciated all of these songs and at certain times would have been my number 1.  In addition, I have chosen songs new to me this year, meaning they could be from anytime, although the majority are 2012.  I hope you enjoy.

The Echo Friendly – Same Mistakes

Haunting melody, interesting harmonies, good video.  This one snuck up on me and really grew on me.

The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling

These guys are on a roll.  Hope they keep it up.  El Camino is a great album.  Hope they don’t become the Gallagher’s redux.

Dave Matthews Band – Mercy

I suggest 2 things, in either order.  Close your eyes and listen to the lyrics and let the sound wash through you, then open them and watch the video.  Great song and message.

Mo Kenney – Sucker

This video is a duet with a favourite of mine, Joel Plaskett.  He produced her album as well.  Beautiful song.

Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

I don’t think Phil Spector was thinking banjos when he went with the wall of sound, but it works.  And live, incredible.  Singing lead, playing guitar and hitting the drum pedal.

Shawn Colvin – All Fall Down

One of those songs where I have absolutely no idea why I like it.  I hate the video, by the way.  Exceptional in its corniness.

John Mayer – Queen of California

I am an unabashed John Mayer fan.  His consistency is amazing.  Great player as well.

Phillip Phillips – Home

When I first heard this song on Idol as the required song in the final, I knew there was no way he would lose.  For the first time in American Idol history, the chosen first single for the winner was a perfect match.  I also did something I had never done for an Idol artist, I bought the song.

Song Of The Day – John Mayer – “Shadow Days”

John Mayer

John Mayer (Photo credit: Iring Chao)

It has been a looooonnnggg time since I first heard John Mayer.  The first time I heard him, I was hooked.  Room For Squares was and is a great record, and his follow-up albums have been  consistently good.  Heavier Things is one of my all time favorites and his work with the John Mayer Trio is, well, awesome.  He is a very under-rated guitar player as well.  His latest release is Shadow Days.

Shadow Days

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