New Music: Tom Odell

Heal by Tom Odell on Grooveshark

At the ripe old age of 23, this British singer-songwriter composes with a maturity well beyond his years. “Heal” is one such example. It’s evocative. It’s emotional without being sentimental. And it was the perfect accompaniment to a recent episode of Elementary, where we got to watch the final scenes progress in silence while this music carried the rest of the story. It was a stunning combination – one that stuck with me long after I’d tagged the song.

(As an aside, this show is rapidly becoming famous for saving its musical pièce de résistance for the end of each episode – a technique I am really enjoying, and not just for the goldmine of great new music.)

Source: Season 2, Episode 6: “An Unnatural Arrangement”

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I discover new music all the time, often in unexpected ways and places, and I delight in this. Even better is sharing my findings in the hope that someone else will make an exciting new discovery as well. Enjoy.

Simple Moments: Cat Mornings

Waking up in the morning and feeling the light pressure of something warm pressed against my shoulder. I know that familiar, languid resistance: it’s my cat. I say mine because, of the two, he has adopted me specifically. When I open my eyes it’s to see his sweet, sweet face, peaceful in slumber. My smile mimics his contentment and I reach down and bury my fingers in the silky softness of his fur. He curls towards me with soft grunty noises, and sleeps on.