Surviving a pandemic without music to keep my sanity in check would be near impossible. Thankfully, this past year I’ve let my genre-bashing love of all tunes reign free. Here are a few tracks that keep finding their way into my pandemic playlist.
Such a catchy guitar riff from a band that never fails to find fresh ways to reinvigorate their fanbase.
The song that shocked me into finding out this band was far from just a 90s one hit wonder.
Quite possibly the most played song in my car while cruising the winding backroads of New England.
It’s never too late to find life changing inspiration as a musician, and this band succeeded in blowing my collective mind.
Much like life itself, music is all about balance. Without soft and subtle pieces like this to contrast all the loud and heavy stuff, there is no balance.
Another soft and subtle piece of music that reminds me why simplicity can often create more layers of emotion than a full band playing at full volume.
Still the Same
Such a classic song from a guy who wrote some of the best vocal melodies in the business.
A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh
A song just as devilishly dramatic as the musicians who play it.
Adam Jones has long been a major influence on my guitar playing, and this song continues his tradition of contorting my brain into musical shapes I’ve never experienced before.
It takes a daring soul to break free from the crowd and put yourself on display with such bold confidence. Bowie’s contributions to the world of music will live long beyond the years of many who try to capture the same lightning in a bottle.
Take My Heart
Old music has a special place in my heart, and I always love when a song can take me away to a time beyond that which Im familiar with.
Nothing like a bit of 90s rock to sooth my inner angst-ridden soul that was raised on this stuff, and those opening lyrics? Come on, you can’t beat that clever 90s wit.
A horribly addicting song by an artist who represents the future while using tools from the past.
A Better Tomorrow
Like many of their tracks, their words resonate beyond their years and seem to find a place throughout every major shift in society.
It’s Oh So Quiet
One of my favorite artists with a bat-shit crazy attitude that shines like the brightest star in the darkest sky. I will never get sick of this song and its ability to kick me in the ass every time I listen.