Simon Liddell, Susie Smillie, Graeme Smillie, Jonny Scott and Jamie Savage - band members of Olympic Swimmers

Pears and Apples – Olympic Swimmers

I have landed in Utopia today, but landed totally confused. By accident, I happened upon a band named Olympic Swimmers (Glasgow, Scotland), and yet it doesn’t appear as if many other folks have discovered them – at least not many Americans (not yet). How can this be? The voice of Susie Smillie just melts me. Good God, when she belts out the word “on” in the … Continue reading Pears and Apples – Olympic Swimmers

Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert

Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert This song by Micah Gilbert (an American musician born in Athens, who now lives in Scotland) is a beautiful reminder – or an urging, rather – to stop carrying the heavy pain we feel. Sometimes it just feels so damned comfortable to accept the role of the victim. You’ve been hurt. It hurts. It’s so unfair. Sometimes we really do … Continue reading Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert

In Excelsis Deo by There Will Be Fireworks

In Excelsis Deo by There Will Be Fireworks

New Christmas songs that aren’t cutesy and irritating – and aren’t remakes of the old good chorals – are hard to come by. And until now, there’s probably never been a seasonal Christmas song that could be added to a non-seasonal playlist.  Enter the song In Excelsis Deo by the Glasgow-based band There Will Be Fireworks.In Excelsis Deo by There Will Be Fireworks

What’s so brilliant about this song is the way it actually captures the mood we get when we go home for Christmas.  That special mood where the world has kind of stopped and you’re taken back in time to Continue reading “In Excelsis Deo by There Will Be Fireworks”

Waking From A Dream—Micah Gilbert

Micah Gilbert was born in Athens, Ga., and after years of self-taught intellect, and going from here to there, he landed in Scotland and is now finally being seen for what he has always been: a prodigy.  Like the duck-billed platypus, Gilbert is sui generis (one of a kind), because
Songwriter Micah Gilbert's song Waking From A Dream, Born In Athens, Raised in South Carolina, Living in Scotland, genius new indie music
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