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It’s dark and it’s quiet in my house tonight
Babies are all gone to sleep
It’s hard to imagine a better life
Than the one I get to lead

My blood and my bones
My heart and my hands
They try to hold all of this in
But I’m running to you like a west Texas wind
Singing God I need you, oh, how I need you
God I need you again

This song is in the key of D. That’s my sweet spot and my mandola loves it. Needless to say, it has been sung countless times around my campfires these last few years. Needtobreathe released it right after our third child was born and it keeps echoing through the walls of our house. Give it a listen to start your Tuesday.

My heart is beating and I’m under attack
Don’t need a cure cause I don’t wanna go back
I’m giving in there ain’t no fightin’ this fire
I got this fever, fever, burning inside

Back in November we got to see Needtobreathe in concert again. It had been a few years and well worth the trip out to KC. They prove time and again to be one of my favorite bands, one I’ve been listenin’ to for over fifteen years. And they just released a new acoustic album called Campfire Sessions. Here I sit, brewing coffee in my kitchen at 5:30 in the morning and I’m struggling not to sing along to all my favorite songs. Shhh! Don’t wake the kids.

It’s dark and it’s quiet in my house tonight
Babies are all gone to sleep
It’s hard to imagine a better life
Than the one I get to lead

Got this history that I cannot trust
Reminded me of who I thought I was
Praise the highs and curse the lows
Pray what I remember most
You were there to pick me up

When I’m in your arms, my heart is safe
Why can’t it always be this way?

New Music Fridays. It’s been a couple months since anything really good dropped. Today I’ve got a couple new albums. Let’s start with Wilder Woods, the solo act of Bear Rineheart, lead singer of Needtobreathe. My youngest is nicknamed Bear because of this man, so needless to say, we’re fans. His new album Fever/Sky is just dripping with character and songwriting excellence. The guitar too. This man is Americana in a nutshell and the instrumentation is just everything I need.

And to continue in the Americana, Chris Thile of Punch Brothers got back with his early 2000’s band to release a new album. These guys were the Backstreet Boys of bluegrass. I didn’t listen to them then, but as I got out of college I became more and more a fan of Americana through the likes of Needtobreathe and Mumford and Sons. Then someone recommended Punch Brothers and I became a mandolinist. I got hooked because of Chris. Celebrants brings the chops, the fiddle, and the falsettos you expect with Chris and his Nickel Creek bandmates.

I was talking with someone the other day about “new” music. He said he doesn’t really listen to new music and is stuck in stuff from a decade ago. While I don’t feel the need to be listening to new music for relevance sake, music is experiential and new music brings new experience. New words, new lyrics, new thoughts. It’s like reading a book. I could reread an old book. There is value to that. But I also love to read new books. I’m no Top 50 kinda guy— never was— but I pay attention to specific artists and genres. So Fridays are something to look forward to with music. Go soak in some good music.

Two of my favorite artists. Needtobreathe and Shakey Graves. This popped up last night. Needtobreathe covering Deadly Departed by Shakey Graves. Y’oughta go give it a listen.