Some words mean more.
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No doubt, we love music around here. Tantalizing tunes are piped throughout our house daily. And, as we’ve discovered, you’ll find a lot of noise out across the music scene. But there’s also plenty of brilliant stuff to be discovered, if you know where to find it.
The Avett Brothers have been top on our playlists lately. They’re a young band from North Carolina that’s become popular in the “Americana/acoustic” circuit, if there’s such a circuit. They create a sound that’s groovy and kicky – a cross between rock, country, folk, bluegrass, and other genres. The brother’s unique voices are accompanied by guitar, cello, bass, sometimes banjo, piano, or drums.
Whenever I hear The Avett Brothers crooning through our space, I feel like they could be plopped right down in my den, performing just for me, while I organize my spice cabinet, or match the colossal mound of socks.
Their music seems natural. It’s not overproduced, with too much fluff. It’s simple, stripped down, refreshing and original.
And it has something to say.
Lyrically I think you’ll find they’re unique, powerful. Some of their songs are humorous, others, not so much.
“She’s talkin’ to me with her voice
Down so low I barely hear her
But I know what she’s sayin’
I understand because my heart and hers are the same…”
~ “January Wedding,” The Avett Brothers
Or this sweet one…
“Please remember that there’s nothing that’s worth sharing like the love that let us share our name,”
~ “Murder in the City,” The Avett Brothers
Many of their songs are about a longing for deeper, stronger, more meaningful relationships.
“What is important? What’s really important? Am I not to know by my name?”
~ “Incomplete and Insecure,” The Avett Brothers
Just makes you want to hug your brother. Or your sister. Or your long lost Aunt Myrtle, who thinks she’s Hemingway and wears those crazy arse stockings.
You’ll find The Avett Brothers lyrics brutally honest and convicting…
Relationships aren’t always easy.
Love is hard work sometimes.
Love is costly.
Sometimes it hurts.
“Three words that became hard to say…I and love and you,”
~ “I and Love and You,” The Avett Brothers
But we were made for deep relationships. It’s been that way from the beginning, and remains that way today.
Many of us think it’s easy to make friends these days, especially with online social networking. Toss out a cheery greeting here or there. “Friend” someone with the click of a button. I find that The Avett Brothers lyrics run counter to a culture that promotes relationships that are sometimes numerous but shallow. To build those deeper relationships, based on trust and vulnerability, we really have to work to go beyond “Have a nice day,” don’t we?
Music is glorious isn’t it? In one swift measure, it can wash away the melancholy. It can take you back to places you’ve long forgotten. It can make you ponder, think, and reassess priorities. What a gift. What a joy.
So kudos to the brothers from Concord, NC swimming against the tide and making great, thoughtful, meaningful music.
Keep on rockin’ it bro. We’re listening.
Any new tunes or groups you’re finding groovy these days?
I’m so glad we tossed out those first cheery greetings cause you, my friend, are a treasure!
I keep hearing about the Avett brothers, but have yet to sit down and really listen. My favorite band of all time is a British band called Athlete. Their newest album is called Black Swan, and it’s now tied for favorite in my house with their first album, Vehicles & Animals. I think you’d like them. Coldplayish, but happier.
Never heard of them, but it sounds like something I would like. I was just introduced to Audrey Assad’s music and I love it! I’ve been listening on youtube 🙂
AMEN! or is it “Avett”…or both maybe. I love the deep thinking that bubbles up when music finds its’ way in and stirs the soul. Beautiful post my friend. So thankful to call you that.
I pretty much suck at music these days and my kids have me listening to teen-y bop stuff and ironically I find myself listening to it when I’m alone because I hear it all so much that I know the beats (and i really love to dance, I do it in the car all the time, the friends of my kids think i’m hilarious, not sure that’s good). So, I think I’d like the Avett Brothers, their lyrics sound really great. I’ll have to look them up on itunes.
Deep is good, but you are right, so much harder to achieve.
I’ve got a relative or two in Concord and Kannapolis way. I’ll have to ask them about the Avett Brothers. Thanks for sharing them with us. You’ve left us wanting to hear them right now.
I love to hear people get passionate about the music they listen to. There is so much good music out there, most of which will never get any sort of radio airplay. People just have to take the time to find it.
I’ve been on a huge indie/folk/acoustic kick for a while and have been listening to my “Fall Favorites” since the day after Labor Day: Fleet Foxes, Nick Drake, Grizzly Bear, Rilo Kiley.
If you get a chance, listen to Blue Ridge Mountains by Fleet Foxes. It’s Autumn for your ears.
Love this post Amy, sincere, honest.
Music can take us on many journeys – sometimes it’s the way in which the notes are strung together and sometimes it’s the lyrics and sometimes it’s the combination of both. Most, if not all, music that has been written is about relationships. It’s human nature to have the desire to be seen and heard, really seen and heard; the lyrics you’ve quoted are just that – a deep connection, a look straight in the eye that says, ‘I get you, I really get you.’ I hadn’t heard about Avett Brothers until now, so thanks much for sharing.
Love the photos. They feel so warm.
“No longer does it matter what circumstances we were born in,
She knows which birds are singin’
And the names of the trees where they’re performin’ in the mornin’. . .”
We listen to a lot of Avett Brothers around here too, and you’ve quoted a couple of our favorites. And, yes, I agree, the lyrics are often very thought-provoking. If you have a chance, I recommend the video for “Head full of Doubt.” It’s amazing!
I adore this post love!! You are simply wonderful and I am glad that you brought to light a positive force in the music world. Keep sharing your love of music with us always 🙂
I love that song “January Wedding!” My cousin and her husband put that on their wedding CD. ♥
Music has always played a big role in our family too. Not just because we love to listen to it, which is true but mostly because I have a daughter who has been gifted with the most amazing voice.
We struggle in our relationship, her need for independence has seen her strongly reject almost everything about me and the life we once shared as a family but while she works through that and hopefully comes back to center; I know her heart through her music and am so blessed to have a recording of her singing with her college choir. Though several years ago, it is still representative of her beautiful, clear soprano voice and it helps me to feel she is with me when I hear those songs. Which I think I must go and play right now. Thank you.
My DD bought herself a guitar for her birthday and is learning to play it. So I love to hear her practicing. She’s making progress, but her guitar isn’t waiting for her—several of her musician friends have borrowed it for their own performances! She’s such a sweetheart, she loves to share it.
I completely agree. We had the opportunity to put a story about my daughter to music…and it truly made the story come to life. I can’t wait to hear her perspective of it as she gets older. http://neelysmiracle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Neely_Thompson_Chasing_Cars_Snow_Patrol-128.mp3
My God your pictures are gorgeous.
I love that certain music reminds me of specific people, places or times in my life. I love the way it moves me 🙂
I’ve never heard of the Avett Brothers before, but I’m on their site “as we speak” and looking forward to checking them out! I agree with you that relationships can be so hard sometimes, and they can take some work, but when you have that moment where you discover the relationship is real because that person is there for you and understands, it’s more powerful than words. Love this post!
Such beautiful words and imagery…