I have a new hobby. Over the past few weeks, I have been discovering all kinds of treasures with a new (entry level) metal detector. I know, I know — isn’t metal detecting reserved for old men in black socks wearing sandals? Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be – although I might still be classified as an old man.
Thus far I have found bottle caps and coins – clad, they call it – iron pieces and pull tabs, Matchbox cars, a sterling silver ring, and on the Gulf Coast of Florida 6 inches below the surface of the sand, I found a really nice Pandora bracelet. Hearing the beeps and digging up treasure is fun! I’m also getting plenty of exercise and experiencing the great outdoors which is almost always a positive experience.
In the BBC show “The Detectorists,” the character named Lance (played by Toby Jones) likens swinging a metal detector to being a time traveler. I like that analogy. It also reminds me that musically I have spent most of my life looking for treasure. What started for me as a kid flipping through albums in a record store and saving lawn mowing money to buy 45 rpm singles has now morphed into deep dives on Spotify, recommendations from friends, and playlist suggestions from current and former Lander University students.
In the spirit of treasure hunting, here are a few tracks I have unearthed recently that you might enjoy adding to your personal playlists:
Loudon Wainwright III — “The Swimming Song”
Summer has officially begun and I love this track by Mr. “Dead Skunk” himself, Loudon Wainwright III off his 1973 album “Attempted Mustache.” It’s a super summer swimming song for sure.
Bailen — “Something Tells Me”
My son turned me on to this band after a recent concert where Bailen was the opening act for Hozier. The entire “Thrilled to Be Here” album is worth a listen but the opening track is something very special.
- Leon Bridges — “If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)”
I have pointed you to the music of Leon Bridges in previous columns and for good reason. Bridges exemplifies the best of modern soul and the vintage throwback feel of 1960’s rhythm and blues. The young folks would call this song a “Bop” and I have had it on repeat over the past week. Good stuff!
Dawes — “All Your Favorite Bands”
Music has a way of expressing ideas in ways that are better than we can often put into words ourselves. I think of this frequently when listening to Taylor Goldsmith and his bandmates in Dawes. This track is a simple sentiment of a past romantic encounter, a deep friendship, or perhaps two ships who happened to pass in the night. But what a salutation:
“I hope that life without a chaperone is what you thought it’d be.
I hope your brother’s El Camino runs forever. I hope the world sees
the same person that you always were to me. And may all your
favorite bands stay together. May all your favorite bands stay together.”
Talking Heads — “Road to Nowhere”
“I wanted to write a song that presented a resigned, even joyful look at doom” is how Talking Heads front man David Byrne describes this iconic track in the liner notes of “Once in a Lifetime: The Best of Talking Heads.” Byrne is an institution and his artistic talent and immense creativity shine on this track.
Patty Griffin — “Sooner or Later”
2012’s “Silver Bell” album is one of Griffin’s strongest efforts in recent years. I’m always happy to hear this one.