Happy Monday, friends! And a happy holiday to you all lucky government people who get today as a holiday. I am not one of those lucky people.
Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Weekend, and got to spend it with people you truly care about. We ended up going out a few times, but otherwise we spent most of the weekend indoors, cuddled up and trying to avoid the brutal cold.
Now, let’s get on to Music Monday. This post would have been more appropriate for the Monday following the Grammy’s, but you know how it is–you go to bed before album of the year is even announced, and then the entire week after you’re plagued with competing priorities that keep you from blogging. Am I right or am I right?!? Anyway, I’ve been tossing the idea around for a while to do a series of Music Monday posts on some of my old favorites–“old” doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t make music anymore, but instead means that I’ve loved the music for what seems like forever, and I always will. Considering the almost-debacle that happened at the Grammy’s, I thought it very fitting to be my first Old Friends post on Beck.
Friends…if you don’t know Beck, you should. I realize there was a trending #whoisBeck on Twitter, and I feel so sad for those people, for they are truly missing out. Beck’s Odelay was one of the very first cassette tapes I owned–I very specifically asked Santa for that for Christmas, and Santa delivered! For a 3rd grader, I was awfully alternative. Despite my music identity crisis of middle-high school, Beck has always remained one of my favorites. I feel like he is so different each time, but still the same, if that makes sense. A few years ago, he put out an “album” that was basically a collection of sheet music. If it was any other artist, I would have rolled my eyes and called them pretentious. But it was Beck, so all I could do was smile fondly and nod, because OF COURSE Beck would create an album of sheet music (sidenote, all the songs were released on Song Reader, and performed by some awesome artists, like Fun., Laura Marling, and Lord Huron, just to name a few).
His most recent work, Morning Phase, is so wonderful–the first time I heard “Blue Moon” I felt so many emotions, I didn’t even know what to do with myself. I absolutely believe he deserved Album of the Year (and yes, so did Beyonce, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, and Pharrell–all talented musicians who deserved to be in that category).
And so, friends, here you are with only a small sampling of Beck’s music–I basically grew up with his music, so it means a lot to me.