Monday, July 13, 2015

Music Monday: Ray LaMontagne

It’s Music Monday! What does that mean? The Central Mississippi Regional Library System has a ridiculous amount of FREE to you resources available for patrons. One of those is Freegal, a free and legal service that now allows patrons to download five songs each week for FREE (notice the emphasis on free). Every Monday we’ll be picking five songs that we love that are available on Freegal for you to download.

I've got to say upfront one thing I really love about music is there's something out there for just about everyone. I, myself, am really kind of all over the place and right now while I'm trying to soak up as much laziness in the summer as possible, I tend to revisit a lot of folk artists, and Ray LaMontagne has always been a constant. His music is beautiful and simple, and his voice entrances me. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

1. Repo Man - From God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise, this is the first song on the album. It's also credited to Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs due to the many artists that collaborated with LaMontagne on it. I love this song because the thing that screams out to me most on it is the confidence and vigor in the lyrics, and I think it's relevant to many people at one point in their lives.

2. Let It Be Me - This is one of my all-time favorites of LaMontagne. It has all of the elements of his music that I love so much - the folk, the soul, the ability to achieve smoothness and rasp simultaneously, not to mention it's just a beautiful and sweet song in itself. It can be found on his third release Gossip in the Grain. 

3. Like Rock & Roll and Radio - This song is also found on God Willin & The Creek Don't Rise, and LaMontagne slows it down a little bit on this one. It's soothing, reflective, intimate and emotive. 

4. Trouble - Most people know this song as it is the single and the title from his debut album Trouble. You don't have to state the obvious to know that most of his songs focus on love and relationships, so it's not really necessary to dissect what this is about but rather than to simply sit back and enjoy.

5. Supernova - A bit different in style from what LaMontagne usually goes for, this song is catchy nevertheless. It's the single and title from his newest release Supernova. Everyone can appreciate a good pop ballad, and this satisfies that.

If any of these catch your eye, head on over Freegal and download them, or check out some of Ray LaMontagne's other music! All you need is your library card and pin number, and you’re good to go!