Onechord.net is 20!

One Chord to Another is now 20 years old. Which is nice. That’s a fairly long time to do anything let alone a music blog. This might not be very influential, viral or anything like that, but I’m still proud that I’ve been able to keep this going on for such a ridiculously long time. It often haven’t been very easy, because the day job takes so much time and energy. Last year and a half has especially been a hell of a grind, because I’ve felt like horseshit since March 2020. I got sick in the first wave, was never diagnosed, but it took me two months to be able to return to work. Not that I was ok even then and felt absolutely horrendous for six months and still don’t feel totally fine year and a half later. Of course it could be something else too, because there were no tests at the time. Anyway, in case you’ve been wondering why there has only been a playlist, that’s pretty much the reason. I just tried to get through the weekdays and then do the new music weekly on the weekend and repeat. Not that the blog part was the big grind. That’s actually the part that kept me sane in the midst of it all. Hopefully I manage to get my health back to a state where I could go to sleep fully convinced that I will wake up in the morning. Until that happens there probably won’t be much more than the new music weekly on the weekends. That will go on, because I love to go through the new releases each week and compile the playlist. It takes a lot of time from my each weekend, so one day I just might decide to stop. But as for now, I like the routine and I will continue making it.

There won’t be a big celebration this time around, but as you might have noticed, I’ve made a monster Spotify playlist of songs that I’ve loved during the 20 years of onechord.net. You’ll find that below. I’ve also posted some of those tracks here as blog posts. I will make a few more during Friday and Saturday. Probably mostly Finnish favorites, because I haven’t gone there yet and that’s where everything started. I don’t have time to write about all and you probably won’t have the interest to read about all. So this will go back to new music in a day or two and this nostalgic mumbo jumbo will go away at least for the next five years. And I hope you don’t take any offense, if you are not on one or both of them. I still love you and most likely just assumed that I had already added your song to it. These are not supposed to be complete. More like an example of the music that I’ve praised here during the past 20 years. I’m just way too unorganized to handle 20 years.

And finally a big thank you each and every one of you. I really appreciate all of you who listen and read what I do. Whether it’s regularly or occasionally. I’m sure there are bigger and better media outlets who do far better job covering new music than my one man hobby project ever could. So I do love that you follow my take off it all. Extra thank you for those who take the time to like, share, follow, comment and send words of encouragement. It matters a great deal, because I have masters degree in self-doubt and it’s so easy to get lost in all of this and start believing that I’m just sending songs and words into a void and nobody would care if I stopped. Not that I think that this doesn’t have value. I think it absolutely does. If I truly did feel like it doesn’t have any, I would have stopped ages ago. I’m not an excellent writer or great at putting things into a context, but onechordnet has never been about analytical music critique (that is important too and I love to read it). My strenght in all this is that fanlike passion and love to dig deep, cast a wide net and share music that goes under the radar of the bigger publications. One Chord to Another is nothing special, but there really aren’t too many places even globally that do what I do. Plus I have my own perspective that is different than someone else’s and I might see something that other blogger friends don’t and vice versa. Or perhaps we all see someone and together end up making an influence that is equal to bigger outlets. So even with all of its shortcomings, I do believe onechordnet does have some cultural value. I can’t be anything for someone like Isbell, but I can be someone for the artist that is just starting out and doesn’t have a whole lot of listeners. Even if my writing won’t bring that much listeners, it can matter that some guy on the other side of the world think that this song is beautiful, true and worth all the love.

Thank you and here’s to the next 20.

20 Years Playlist

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Favorites from the 20 Years of Onechord.net – Part Eleven

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.

One more for tonight and then I’ll start to slow down this process. I’ll never have the time to cover everything from the 20 years and there’s plenty of places I haven’t gone so far (for example very little country / americana favorites so far), but a lot more can be found the playlist above. This was only supposed to be a glimpse of what I’ve loved during the years. Tomorrow on the actual birthday I will go through some Finnish favorites and maybe something else and then going back to more normal new music recommendation.

Let’s start this one with a couple of wonderful Charlie Whitten songs. I fell in love with that Playwright EP couple years back and it still moves me deeply. The 2020 album I’m Waiting is also pure gold.

Charlie Whitten at Facebook

And of course we need some Twain, because he matters a great deal to me. Here’s a sweet LA / BMG video along with a song cut from Bandcamp. A different than on the spotify playlist, because there’s so many to choose from.

Twain at Facebook
Twain Website

Anna Tivel is one of my absolute favorite songwriters right now. She also just released a new album Blue World, which contains mostly revisioned versions of her songs. So here’s an older music video for The Question along with beautifully reimagined version of one her finest and most moving songs Alleyway.

Anna Tivel Website
Anna Tivel at Facebook

Next a song from Laura Gibson who made the album of the year 2018. This album is still everything. I Don’t Want Your Voice To Move Me. Well that didn’t work Laura. It moves me deeply.

Laura Gibson at Facebook
Laura Gibson Website

And then wrapping this with a song by Clint Michigan. I think Slowcoustic premiered this beautiful video back then and that’s how I became a Clint Michigan fan. I also love this animation by Michal Tlusty so much. Super sweet and deeply moving.

Clint Michigan at Facebook
Clint Michigan Website

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Favorites from the 20 Years of Onechord.net – Part Ten

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.

Mama Bird Recording Co Website

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.

Barna Howard at Facebook
Barna Howard Website

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.

Courtney Marie Andrews at Facebook
Courtney Marie Andrews Website

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.

Matt Dorrien at Facebook
Matt Dorrien Website

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.

Haley Heynderickx at Facebook
Haley Heynderickx Website

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.

Widower at Facebook

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.

Myriam Gendron at Facebook

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