Modern Gothic Blues

I really enjoy Jamie N Commons’ style.

I’m sitting at work listening to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist while finishing up some audit work.  I commonly listen to less engaging material while I work so I can focus on the work but I felt like some variety this morning.  Most of the playlist is forgettable – but I will credit the curators with the inclusion of Jamie N Commons.

Any performer categorized as Modern Gothic Blues has to sit in a pretty narrow niche.  I’ll follow the path into the Related Artists Spotify recommends but I’m guessing he has very few contemporaries.  His voice is compared to Tom Waits – and I get that, but the variety of styles he successfully synthesizes with the Blues is separate from my experience with Waits.

I’m not certain which of his songs to recommend – but I’ll go with the latest from the performer.  Glory.

 

My Odd Musical Tastes

As I grow older, I’ve grown to appreciate the way that music can energize, soothe and change my mood.  It’s probably surprising to friends and family, but I have become a big fan of Electronica.  What I like about it is that it helps me to stay focused and energized while I’m sitting at my desk at work.

I grew up listening to traditional rock from bands like Led Zeppelin, Boston, Aerosmith, etc.  In the late 80’s I started listening to New Age music to help take the edge off a very stressful period (new wife, child, and job while pursuing an MBA).  I still enjoy both forms of music – but at this point in my life, my greatest challenge is maintaining a laser focus. What I need in workplace music is an absence of distraction while helping maintain an energy level.  Rock music is far too engaging for me – I want to understand the lyrics and engage emotionally.  Lyrics are not commonly a problem with New Age music, but it’s not consistently energetic.  Electronica is high energy and instrumental (in the broad sense of the word).  I can put my ear buds in and focus on desk work.

I have close relatives who probably don’t understand this choice.  It’s counter to the tastes of my generation.  I guess very few 40 somethings choose to listen to Electronica.  But if you review my Last.fm play list, there is no denying where I spend my time.

For your listening pleasure, I have included one of my current favorites.  Yea, I know.  It’s not what you would have expected.  (short link)