An essay on Chris Cornell, untimely death, and the act of communal release.
Welcome to Between the Notes 2.0!
Hello, friends. It’s nice to see you again. Welcome to the new and improved Between the Notes. It’s been awhile since we last spoke and you may have noticed that things look different around here. […]
Rise Above It: Jon Foreman’s Lyrics and My Fight Against Fear
“How this works is that it’s like busking, except there’s no money involved.”
From the front steps of Grace Cathedral, Jon Foreman addressed the fans gathered to see his aftershow performance. Minutes earlier at The Masonic, a venue just steps away from the cathedral, Foreman’s band Switchfoot kicked off the second leg of the Tour de Compadres along with Needtobreathe, Colony House, and Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors. Foreman began playing “Only Hope,” and I was overcome with emotion as two realizations hit me: one, that I was in California, and two, that I was finally attending one of Foreman’s famous aftershows. As I sang softly along with the crowd, I hardly noticed the chilly air and occasional raindrops; a welcome change from the crushing humidity of Virginia.
Tuesday Tunes – “Speak To Me Gently” by Future of Forestry
Today’s song may be my favorite in Future of Forestry’s entire catalogue, and with several albums and EPs full of excellent material to choose from, that’s not an easy selection. Future of Forestry is the project […]
Tuesday Tunes – “So So” by Gary Go
Sometimes you feel “so so.” Sometimes you hear yourself described back to you in a song. Sometimes those things happen at the same time. For the past several weeks, I’ve been revisiting albums that I haven’t fully […]
Infallible: Top Ten Pearl Jam Songs Ranked by Fans
In October, a Pearl Jam fan named Andrew, known as @theboytemps on Twitter, asked his Twitter followers to rank their favorite Pearl Jam albums. Due to strong interest, he set up another poll to ask the “#PJFam” to rank their ten favorite songs by the band. “I did this one because people asked me to and took time out to submit lists of their favourite Pearl Jam songs,” Andrew said. “‘Black’ and ‘Release’ were undoubtedly going to be favourites but it was interesting to see such diversity in people’s other choices, which proved that Pearl Jam’s music reaches people on so many different levels.”
Tallying votes was easier for Andrew this time around with the implementation of Twitter’s new polling feature. Previously, votes had to be counted by hand as each individual reply came in. Here are the results in order from least favorite to most favorite:
*Full disclosure: I participated in the voting.
Tuesday Tunes – “Black Sun” by Death Cab for Cutie
Today’s tune is one of my favorites from Death Cab for Cutie’s 2015 album, Kintsugi. The Japanese term “kintsugi” translates to “golden joinery” or “golden repair,” which is the art of repairing a broken piece of […]
Tuesday Tunes – “I’ve Been Bored” by Superheaven
You’re missing the point again – aliens do exist! Well, at least they do in the music video for “I’ve Been Bored,” a single from Superheaven’s 2015 album, Ours is Chrome. Despite its video, the song […]
Tuesday Tunes – “Left Handed Kisses” by Andrew Bird & Fiona Apple
“I can’t write simple love songs. People are complex,” Andrew Bird said in a press release accompanying this single from his forthcoming album, Are You Serious. “Left Handed Kisses” isn’t a love song. It’s a song […]
Tuesday Tunes – “Knew Then Know Now” by Anchor & Braille
I’m currently in an uncertain season of life, specifically, the job-hunting period after college. As someone who finds comfort in, well, knowing things, not knowing where I will be just weeks from now is a little unsettling. This […]