Carrying on with posting some song and music video favorites from the 20 years that I’ve been making Onechord.net. Here’s the link to the monster playlist, because I don’t have the time to write a post about everything.
This part ten is also a Mama Bird Recording Co appreciation post. It has been my favorite record label for many years. Thank you Vincent and whole Mama Bird family for all the great music over the years. Here’s some personal favorites from the Mama Bird family. No offense to anyone not making the cut. I have deep love for the whole roster, but I can only pick a few to this post. Sometimes I’ve been thinking of stealing Grey Estates’ label of the month concept, because I love record labels and would be fun to make a deep dive to Mama Bird one month and to Keeled Scales next and so forth.
I’ll start with the one that started everything for me and that’s the first Barna Howard album that came out in 2012. Easily one of my favorite albums of these past 20 years. This Portland Sessions video was one of my first introductions to him and I think it’s still a great way to fall in love with his songwriting.
Next up is Honest Life by Courtney Marie Andrews. Leuven Letters had already been onechordnet EP of the year, so I knew she was a wonderful songwriter. Still this one floored me and it still does. Also one of the very best albums of these 20 years I’ve been making this little blog.
Moving on to Matt Dorrien and his wonderful album In the Key of Grey. A little bit different than the picks above. This one is more in the Newman / Nilsson territory, but it’s equally amazing. I have nothing but love for this album. This song I Can’t Remember is my personal favorite.
Then there’s of course Haley Heynderickx and her magnificent album I Need to Start a Garden. Here’s Untitled God Song which was my song of the year 2018. I Can’t Remember above was #2 in the same category.
One also must not forget Widower. One of the earlier catalogue treasures from 2013. Here’s a live take of the beautiful hymn-like album closer Almost, Always, All Yours. Just listened this album the other day and still loved it as much as back in 2013 when Thoroughbred was the song of the year.
There would be also Denver, Birger Olsen, TK, Isaak Opatz, Vikesh Kapoor and many others, but let’s wrap this one with a song from Myriam Gendron. This one was co-release with Feeding Tube Records. Poems of Dorothy Parker set to most beautiful music. Myriam Gendron is also releasing a new album this fall and I’m 100% sure it’s going to be fabulous.