Hang on, how is it January 2nd already? And for that matter, when did it become 2016?
This year seems to have flown by in a whirlwind of new jobs, new opportunities and commuting, with 2016 set to follow a similar pattern. Last night I woke up in a cold sweat, racking my brains for something I was meant to have done. I finished all of my work before Christmas, didn't I? I bought all of the family presents I'm sure. And then it hit me: I haven't compiled my Best Albums of 2015 list! Now an annual tradition only I care about, it adds an element of much needed routine to the Christmas break, and allows me to reflect on some of the beautiful sounds which infiltrated my ears this year. So without further ado, in reverse order, here we go...
Hello there! It's been a while since I've posted anything Soe related - many apologies for that! Life has been pretty hectic work (and play) wise over at Jam and Soe HQ. So if, like me you are feeling a little unprepared for Monday - here are some gorgeous prints to soothe your tired eyes as you sip your (zillionth) cup on tea and crack on with the day. They're the work of Belinda Marshall, an Australian artist with a love of all things abstract.
I have recently started having a longer commute to work, and to relieve the boredom associated with driving the same route 3 hours a day, I listen to podcasts. I've always been a comedy podcast fan, but recently have been more interested in finding something with a little more substance. I have been listening to Radiolab for years, and one of their recent episodes turned me on to a great podcast called Love + Radio. It's a similar format; simple stories told well, but there is one in particular I'd like to share with you because it really haunted me on my drive. Not for those of a nervous disposition, please take the time to listen to The Book by Hans Anderson, you won't regret it...
I am in the throes of redundancy currently so am prone to bouts of wallowing, and today I brought the Boss along for company. It's Bruce Springsteen, with the classic The River.
You can't go wrong learning Bruce tracks, most of them are fairly simple but very satisfying. On a side note, he appears to be playing the very telecaster I desire in the picture here, it must be a sign. As per usual, the chords can be found from the ever reliable Ultimate Guitar Tabs here.
Today I am choosing one of my all time favourite songs, from one of my all time favourite albums. It is the fantastic I Think I Need A New Heart by The Magnetic Fields, from their seminal classic album 69 Love Songs. If you have never heard it I urge you to check it out, it's exactly as it sounds: 69 pop songs about love, but the level of quality throughout is really something, and the subject of love is approached from every angle, often amusing, and frequently heartbreaking.
The chords can be found on the excellent Stephin Songs website, which has the chords to every Magnetic Fields song committed to tape.
This weekend we are off to see the Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You, and so thought it would be appropriate to learn one of his songs, so I chose one of my favourites, Twilight.
Elliott Smith was notorious for overlaying several guitars (and vocals), so this is a nice one to learn as it can be easily recreated on an acoustic. As always, the chords are courtesy of Ultimate Guitar Tab, and can be found here.