Wednesday, December 19, 2018

My Top Tune of 2018: There From Here (Phosphorescent)

I always find it hard to put together a "best of the year" music list because my listening habits jump all over the map, through different years and eras. When I look through my listening history this year on Last.fm, I see some great new stuff: Paul McCartney's Egypt Station, Parker Millsap's Other Arrangements, the great new Tom Petty collection An American Treasure...

But when it comes down to it, it's Phosphorescent's C'est la Vie that takes top billing, and in particular, the song "There From Here" - a song that I immediately loved. I won't go into it too much, but in essence, I recorded myself messing around on guitar on my birthday this year (Aug 3rd). I sang a few made up lyrics, and really liked the melody and chord changes I had come up with (some sadness, some beauty, some bitter-sweetness). Fast forward a couple months later to the release of C'est La Vie and my first spin through the album. When I heard "There From Here," it felt awfully familiar. Listening back to my noodling in August, there were a lot of similarities in the melody and feel of the songs. I felt like Matthew had written the song I had bouncing around in my head. It was sort of a surreal moment, honestly.

I said hello to Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck before his Phoenix show back on November 12th,  and got to tell him how much I loved the album, and especially the song. During the show, he dedicated the tune my way before playing it.. 

Anyhow, I'm so thankful for artists like Matthew - artists who have the talent to take the melodies bouncing around our heads and are are able to bring them properly into this world. 

Take a listen...


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