…then you’ll love Frances Luke Accord.
Whimsical melodies, sweet harmonies, dreamy lyrics. Interesting rhythms. Beats of rock, harmonies of folk, soul of Americana, creating tight & together songs.
Simon and Garfunkel’s vocals and strings over the decades have made us all weak at the knees. Their sound is America and comfort. For those of us that didn’t grow up in the 60’s and 70’s (raises hand) they make me feel like I’ve been an American for longer than I have, which is pretty weird. They take me to specific times and places. They make personal histories and larger decades of musical soundscapes.
I saw Frances Luke Accord for the first time this past week, at a Garage show here in Charlottesville. They’re touring from Chicago, stopping hundreds of miles from home in our little town. I was struck by their timeless sound after the first song, “Over Your Roof.” The tight harmonies entrance their audience. They bring to mind immediately a younger-blood Simon and Garfunkel.
In case you need any more convincing, I just found this guy too.
P.S. This track tricks me into thinking I’m listening to Chris Thile, so I’m officially an FLA fan now.
I’ve been more or less MIA lately – work has been busier and I just got a new camera (!) so I’ve been distracted lately. I’ve also been taking some time dreaming up new creative ideas and decided it would be a good idea to take a little break from writing while I do so. I don’t wanna get too attached to the internet, you know? Gotta keep some healthy distance every once in awhile. Just wanted to pop in and say that I’ll be back in action in a bit (hopefully with new pictures from my new camera featuring really beautiful lighting! – we’ll see about that last one, still learning).
A bientôt mes amis!
Grey Diamond, by Ilya Bolotowski (1955).
Art Institute of Chicago.
Hey internet! This is my very first blog post. I probably spent way more time working the layout before I even really had any content to write about. (I think really I’m just stalling the writing process because that seems like the more intimidating part.) But also, learning html code has been surprisingly way more fun than I expected. Who would have thought?! Go problem solving!
I digress. I decided to start this blog because I wanted a place to write about art. (Duh) I just graduated from college with a degree in Arts Administration and I now work for a small non-profit filmmaking center for kids. I love art. I’ve loved it since my dad taught me “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” on the classical guitar (“keep that left foot up, even if the rockstars don’t!”), since I wrote my first song at the age of four (I think the lyrics were – “my dad’s name is Sam and he likes music/la la lalala”), since I studied my grandmother’s watercolor portfolio from under my bed, and since I organized my first benefit concert at a local venue during high school.
I think art is something that can be accessed by anyone, but that it also can take work to access it. Artists give everything they have to make it, so art patrons should have to give something of themselves to appreciate it. Sometimes it doesn’t just “speak” to us, and that’s okay. It doesn’t have to be simple. It can be a grey area sort of thing. A painting on a wall looks at us and tells us things. A piece of music transports us. A film motivates. It does it in different ways to different people and yet it’s all under this umbrella term “art”. Weird, and worth exploring.
Okay, enough with the cheesy. I won’t do that again, promise. With that, I introduce “Nourish Arts” – a place for art to be written about by me, and maybe even read by you. Explore some art with me! This is serious stuff!
Thanks for joining me, and welcome!