My dear friend Greg sends mix CDs to some of his friends (and luckily, I’m one of them) at pretty regular intervals. When I last saw him, I told him I wanted him to start a blog and call it “This is My Jam.” Apparently, someone had already had the same thought. Oh well. Anyhow, I like these songs–my jams, if you will–and these bands. Maybe you will, too. xo
“Maria’s Beautiful Mess” by Ellis Paul–As of this moment, I’ve seen him live 43 times. My favorite.
“The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice--To date, his show with The Frames opening in 2004 at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine is the best show I’ve ever seen in my whole life.
“Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars--I finally got to see them live opening for Adele in May of 2011. I met them after the show and was so effusive about my feelings for their music that they asked if we could have a group hug. No joke.
“1957” by Milo Greene--I first saw them open for The Civil Wars in November 2011 and they were magical.
“What Can I Say” by Brandi Carlile–I first saw her open for Ray LaMontagne on December 3, 2005. She is magic.
“Anchored In You” by Shawn Mullins–Souls Core is my desert island disc.
I am OBSESSED with The Lone Bellow. I’ve been listening to them on repeat for many months now. “Bleeding Out.”
“We Are The Tide” by Blind Pilot is one of my favorite songs of 2012. It just feels good.
“Rain” by Maine native Patty Griffin has to be one of the most heart wrenching songs of all time.
“Wish You Well” by Katie Herzig–this song always makes me cry.
“Wait So Long” by Trampled by Turtles–I first saw them in Skagway, Alaska in 2010. They are so fun.
“We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae–I loved this song first.
“Shake It Out” by Florence + The Machine--Amen, Flo!
“You” by Keaton Henson is haunting. His voice is lovely.