There’s a small danger that this blog will become a chain love letter to the Portland-based Fluff and Gravy Records, but I suppose that’s not really a bad thing. Their year has been rather phenomenal. Anna Tivel, The Parson Red Heads, Son of the Velvet Rat albums are all awesome (and most likely The Harmed Brothers too, haven’t listened to that one yet). The most recent addiction to their catalogue is the new Jeffrey Martin album One Go Around that I’ve had on heavy rotation lately. It’s a masterwork of songwriting. It’s like short stories wrapped inside a sweet folk melodies. A while ago, Jeffrey was an English teacher by day and a songwriter by night, but recently decided to follow his dream and took a leap of faith to become a full time musician and songwriter. I hope he find success on his new path. Unfortunately it doesn’t really guarantee anything, but there’s one thing he doesn’t have to worry about. It’s the quality of his songs. Any song would do just fine, but let’s go with October Dark for obvious reasons. It’s October and the length of day is getting shorter every day and soon the only time I can see the daylight is through the factory window. Thankfully I have these songs to carry me through the dark, because despite all the heartache I can feel a small glimmer of light glowing somewhere in the songs.