The Music Rag

Happy Holidays / Christmas Playlist by E

In the spirit of this site’s annual Christmas playlist, my personal playlist is here and below for you all to listen to (because it’s Christmas Eve and I’m too lazy to go through YouTube and put something together/Spotify is easier to stream than YouTube across devices). It’s a massive variety, all with the same holiday sentiment (because it is made for my sister who doesn’t like Christmas music; my dad who believes in the spirit of yule, good tidings, and Elvis for all; my personal affection for belting dumbass tracks like “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” and “Santa Tell Me”; and my grandmother who is super into Hallmark and any song featured in one of their movies. Ever).

I know that this year’s posts were few and far between, but 2019 will bring far more posts and a possible, super plausible, return to the old writing style (i.e. less formal because who has the time when all I really want to say is “I fucking love everything Samm Henshaw puts out and why are Smith & Thell still such a secret when Soulprints was gorgeous and Telephone Wires is a snapshot of sweet longing?”). Plus, it’s just not fun anymore when you take yourself out of it.

I truly do appreciate every one of you who continued to visit the site and check the Song of the Day while I took time to return to my family’s business and work in an environment that had little to do with technology while playing with crystals and brushing up on my reading and intuition. Music by good people only helped to fuel my connections but it took a lot to put my all into being authentic only to turn around and cut myself out of the equation while writing objectively.

Check out the Christmas playlist, skip and repeat what you may, and look for more posts about good music from kind people in the new year; because there’s always good even if all else seems bleak and music is good at helping you to remember that.

Here’s to very good music, new posts, and a bunch more Mueller indictments in 2019. Cheers and happy holidays!

P.S. Enjoy this photo of my dog in Christmas gear trying to think of a reason not to hate me.

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Samm Henshaw - Broke by E

Samm Henshaw can do no wrong. Between his raw vocals, hooks that could catch the most cycnical listener, beautiful instrumentation, and purely honest lyrics - and all of this wrapped together by that ineffable energy held by those who are meant to create music - it's no surprise his latest single is just as enchanting.

"Broke" is cute and simple, a look at that moment you've realized that absolutely everything has gone to shit and you've got to start somewhere and get it together. If "maybe she's got a point / who gets the sack from Five Guys?" doesn't make you laugh and fall in love then the careful repetition of "the only thing I need is to be loved by you" should do it.

Take a listen, watch the video, follow all those links for more. Start supporting artists like Samm Henshaw, we all deserve to hear what else he has to say.

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Starley - Love Is Love by E

Starley's new video for single "Love Is Love" delivers a simple message and while it's one we've heard before, it bears repeating (because some people just can't seem to grasp the concept).

Sweet photobooth asides blend personal affirmations in with Starley's honest recounting of her own experiences with coming to find herself and discovering real love; each snapshot proving that whether it's romantic, familial, platonic, or friendship, love is love, and it's the only universal truth worth saving.

Listen to Starley's "Love Is Love" now and follow all those links below for more to love.

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Transviolet - Undo by E

Transviolet's "Undo" is gentle at first listen yet pulses with life and a strength so vibrant it's worthy of listening to again and again. A video which features the wrecking of all the delicate things with a knowing composure broken up only by free, honest dancing is entrancing in its truth. All that dance and destruction take their lead from the track's heady dynamics which wrap themselves beautifully and securely around each perfectly put lyric before that final looming "I've been undone long before you" echoes through in a beautiful reassertion of power that cannot, and will not, be taken away.

It all comes together to create something so self-aware, unhindered, and finally at peace that you can't help but fall completely in love.

Check out all the sites below for more and watch the video, on repeat.

Photo Credit Taylor Lewis

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