10 Things I learned at BYU
- I learned to love Charles Ives, Lyst, Arvo Pärt, Mahler, Shostakovich, and many other artists.
- My eccentricities are wonderful and your cargo pants can’t do anything about it.
- With enough Mormons in one place, I’ll find people who live the Gospel like I do.
- My success is directly related what I do. It’s a given that music industry people don’t care about my degree but I learned a lot about grabbing any opportunities that passed my way.
- This one is a little more personal: God put me here. In fact, God’s cool with me pursuing music as a career.
- Love is and is not what I thought it was.
- I can make a home anywhere, it just takes work. I love The Dollhouse and I’ve called it “home” for years now.
- I shouldn’t worry about how other people live their lives.
- The way to get better at something is to keep doing it. Always. Right now. Keep doing it.
- Being a proactive member of the community is enriching and more satisfying than I ever imagined. Lots of people complain to me about Muse and some of their complaints are valid. As annoying as it is to hear those ‘suggestions’, I find it much nicer to be one of the people that can fix issues than someone who just notices them.
Top 10 of 2012
At the end of 2011, my friend Cody was so excited for 2012. His anticipation for the year was so infectious that it carried me well through December. I’m happy to finally summarize my favorite music from 2012: a pretty, great
Let me know what you agree or disagree with:
- Deerhoof - Breakup Song
- Grizzly Bear - Shields
- Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
- Of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks
- Baby Ghost - Let’s Always Hang Out Together, Okay?
- Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game
- Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
- Lindenfield - The Experience (I have to be honest)
- Stephen Cope - Five Songs Written By The Soul Of The Earth
Most Honorable Mention: Chance Lewis - We’re Just Happy To Be Here
This album, together with the amazing release show, freed me of a lot of the bitterness I had towards the Provo music scene. I was sick of all of the petty, rude, and competitive nature of bands, venues, studios, EVERYTHING. This album changed all of that for me. It made me see Provo for what it is: a small town in upper-central Utah. There’s no reason to get on each other’s backs. We should be fostering the great sense of community that so few of us students are fortunate enough to enjoy while we live here.
Anyway, ask me about it sometime. I’d love to hear your ideas. Huge thanks to Chance, Adam, and the whole House of Lewis collective.
Let’s all be friends and hang out, ok?
The Year of the Breakup Album
Heartbreak gets a lot of attention in popular music. Music is provokative and a failed romance rolls us through so many potent emotions. It’s obvious that a breakup song is bound to strike a chord in the majority of listeners. I don’t think one song is enough, though.. To really get me through the pain, jealousy, sadness, anger, guilt, greif, and frustration of heartache I need a whole breakup album.
Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, Beck’s Sea Change, The Beatles’ Beatles For Sale, and even Harvey Danger’s first album (I know…guilty pleasure) are some of the great breakup albums that have come out over the years. But this year has been exceptional.
2012 has seen some of the greatest heartbroken records of the past 50 years. Of Montreal’s Paralytic Stalks, Tame Impala’s Lonerism, Deerhoof’s Breakup Song, and (I’m very proud to say) my Lindenfield album all came out this year. For more about how great these records are, wait for my next post.
It doesn’t stop at those four records. Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange is about lost love and missed opportunities and Animal Collective’s Centipede Hz is gushing with the joy of L-l-l-l-l-l-letting go.
It makes me wonder what happened in 2011 that everyone had to get over. Why so much heartache all at the same time?