No, I wasn’t thinking about songs for the choir. On Sunday mornings when there weren’t four for some beach volleyball, I’ll often spend the morning with coffee and some mellow music. Some such songs I’ve been enjoying recently include:
Mudcrutch – I Forgive It All (2016)
Kings of Leon – Walls (2016)
Rob Thomas – Pieces (2015)
City and Colour – Lover Come Back (2015)
Each time I see Mumford & Sons live I’m increasingly impressed with their talent. They connect with the audience in a humble, non-rock star way. Their instrumental performances are consistently strong. And over their time their catalog of songs deepens, affording them increasingly rich set lists.
Mumford & Sons live video
And as would be expected, the Greek on a warm September night is almost always a delightful experience!
The Hamptons are a set of towns along the ocean side of on Long Island that have the rightful reputation for being extremely pricey. On weekends in season, the limited number of hotels can charge crazy prices for average rooms, because they will be sold out. The rental houses are similarly expensive.
But unless you’re going to be walking distance to the beach, there is nothing special to these towns…pleasant but in my opinion overpriced.
Instead, I strongly recommend staying in Sag Harbor. The namesake harbor is very pretty. The town is quaint, with a mix of old school shops and very contemporary restaurants. Hotels are half the price…a bargain given it’s only a 15-20 minute drive to the ocean side beaches. The two primary hotels here are Baron’s Cove and Sag Harbor Inn.
A bonus is that this is where you cross over to Shelter Island, an even more delightfully pretty and unpopulated beach community.
This has been a good year for new songs from some established country music artists. Some I commend to your listening if you enjoy the genre include:
- Kenny Chesney – Setting The World On Fire
- Blake Shelton – Go Ahead and Break My Heart
- Cole Swindell – Broke Down
- Locash – I Know Somebody
Tim Duncan was a force throughout his career at both ends of the court. But his time in the NBA has been equally commendable for the understated class with which he achieved his greatness. In an era of players such as LeBron James and so many others who seem to have an insatiable desire for attention, Duncan quietly did his job en route to five championships and an obvious place in the HOF.
I love summer fruit…ripe peaches are life well-lived. This is a dish I shared using them flambeed in brandy.
James Taylor feels like an old friend musically. I rarely listen to his music day-to-day. But his concerts provide a warm assurance that all is good. He’s aging physically but his voice is still great.
Zac Brown has a humble presence that is easy to like. At the same time his lyrics are rich…more so than most country artists. His band has consistently strong musicianship. A great show…and live music outside at Irvine Meadows is always a treat!
Zac Brown Band in concert
If you’re in the mood for a throwback 70s/80s show, Journey still delivers a highly enjoyable evening of music. They still sound great. Neal Schon is one of the really good rock guitarists.
Whether he’s your taste in music or not, Bruce Springsteen has been one of the archetype rock performers for decades. I had the chance to see him again recently and he (and his band) still sound great! If you have yet to see him, highly recommended!