but if you wait, it can save what you love and I know that it’s you

miner

I have a hunch that Miner’s bedroom project single “Hey Love” is not merely a song.

Songs transmit sound waves, but this song, its chorus in particular, does more than just stream, it effuses pure joy.

A family effort, Justin Miner, wife Kate and brother Jeremy effortlessly blend warm harmonies and infectious banjo melodies to create an output that is incredibly authentic and quite frankly impossible to listen to just once.

I sometimes struggle to find songs to recommend to my less folk-enamored friends; however, sending this link to them is an absolute no-brainer.  It doesn’t take a soft spot for banjo to fall head over heels for Miner’s “Hey Love.”  Just listen to the transition between 3:03 – 3:06 and try to tell yourself that you didn’t just let out a sigh of relief the moment you heard Justin count 2,3,4 to rekindle the song you really weren’t quite ready to be over.

.. what I wouldn’t give to see Miner perform live.

Still can’t get enough of “Hey Love?”  Head over to http://www.thisisminer.com/ to pick up your free download and then show Miner some love on facebook.

hold up your hands if you hear me
I’m coming honey
hold on, hold on
lift up the sun with your love
I’ve been laying low
so long, so long

You were an avalanche, I was a city perched desperately close to the mountain

It was getting late last night (morning) when I made my post gushing about Noah Gundersen so the time could be to blame; however, I do feel I should be honest with you and admit that part of me, at some level, was tempted to keep bits of what I love about Noah Gundersen as my sort of secret.

Joining forces with his sisters Abby and Elizabeth as well as brother Jonathan, the Gundersens sing and harmonize in an effortless, ethereal way that makes me wish I shared their same talent and last name.

Almost a capella, the Gundersen siblings’ voices lean into the tensions of the harmonies, crescendoing at just the right moment and then ever so delicately pulling back, letting their voices resonate and linger into the silence.

This chapel performance cover of Crosby Stills and Nash’s “Helplessly Hoping” has never ceased to give me chills:

I’m not the religious sort, yet I would wake up to this doxology every morning:

And though this post is going to have far disparportionately too many videos, I relate to Gundersen music as if it were water and recognize that whatever floodgate should be monitoring my reaction to it has long since collapsed:

And as a send off, although Abby and Noah take the lead, the younger Gundersen siblings have set off on their own, creating their project “Le Wrens”