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>james mercer – journey through the past

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Oh my.  This is just beautiful.  Very Brandon Flowers-esque.


James Mercer… Thank you.


For those who don’t know him, James is the founding member and lead singer-songwriter of the indie rock group The Shins.  The Shins remind me of the Garden State movie soundtrack.  Bret and I listened to almost every song from that album during our freshmen year.


This past year, both Mercer and Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock contributed music to director Chris Malloy’s 180° South, a documentary about adventurers in Patagonia. Mercer’s contribution to the movie was a cover of Neil Young’sJourney Through the Past.”


Listen below to this wonderful song along with Neil Young’s original (although I can’t help but envision Jimmy Fallon singing it!), and my favorite Shins track:


James Mercer – Journey Through The Past
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Neil Young – Journey Through The Past
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The Shins – Caring is Creepy
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>bombadil – reasons

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I don’t know how I never heard this song before.  I have so many Bombadil songs (and I love them all).  All of them are so quirky!  This one, however, definitely is on the top of my list as one of my favorites from them now.

The song is simply lovely, and the lyrics really hit home. 

Take a listen and judge for yourself:

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>take me away for i just cannot stay

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“The Water,” will be the third single from Johnny Flynn’s second album “Been Listening” which has a release date of November 1.  He is set to go on tour with Mumford and Sons’ upcoming UK tour.  Gahhhh.  I wish I could see those performances live…  But nooo… Good music is kept only in the UK…

The song has a hazy, floating feeling to it which is appropriate due to the song title.  Singing along with Johnny is Lara Marling a 20-year old with the voice beyond her years.  The song tells a wonderful story of life and its complexities, but through these obstacles something will keep you afloat.  This is exactly the type of song I want to play when I’m having my first cup of hot apple cider, sitting on the porch, watching the leaves change colors, and thinking about what is out there for me next in my life.

I always need a “go to” song to collect my thoughts and to keep myself at ease.  Right now, this song is fulfilling that need.

So wrap yourself up in a blanket or wrap your hands around a hot cup of tea, and press play:


The Water (Featuring Laura Marlin.mp3 by cooperativemusicuk