Monday Melodies – New Weekly Feature of HSE

Music is a huge part of my life and it always has been. I’ve decided to start up a weekly feature called Monday Melodies. Every Monday I’m going to post a song from lala to share with you all, and a little bit about the artist/band and why I love them so much. First up is Helena, by Nickel Creek.

About Nickel Creek (from Wikipedia):

Nickel Creek is an American acoustic music trio. Although the group’s music has roots from bluegrass, the trio describes itself as “progressive acoustic”.[1] Nickel Creek consisted of three permanent members: Chris Thile (mandolin), Sara Watkins (fiddle), and her brother Sean Watkins (guitar). The trio has always recorded and toured with a bass player, but no bass player has ever been an official member of the band. Chris’s father Scott Thile played bass with the group until 2000, followed by Byron House, and Derek Jones. Mark Schatz has played bass regularly with the group since 2003. In interviews, the band has stressed that they are not a bluegrass band, but a band that “incorporates bluegrass into [its] music”. Nickel Creek has covered songs by Weezer, Radiohead, Pavement, Coldplay, Elliott Smith, Bob Dylan, The White Stripes, the Jackson Five and Britney Spears.

I was fortunate enough to catch Nickel Creek in concert in October of 2007, before they disbanded. It was the best concert I’ve ever been to (granted, I haven’t been to many.). It was at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta; a small, old theatre so the acoustics were marvelous. Their opening act was Bela Fleck, and they played with him later in the show. I love Nickel Creek because of their genuine musical talent. They don’t need autotune, or tweaking in the studio. They sounded just as brilliant; their sound was just as pure live in concert as it is on CD. Their harmonies are to die for and they are such talented musicians. I’m a huge fan of Nickel Creek and hope, hope, HOPE that someday they get back together for another tour.

Funny story about this song: One summer day I was driving home from work with my windows down and I was cranking this song. I was singing loudly along, filling in the yet-to-be-sung third party harmony while stopped at a red light. I was sitting right next to a bar with an outdoor patio and after one of the verses ended and the soft instrumental kicked up; I heard clapping and hooting from the patio. There were two men sitting there, watching me and clapping. I immediately started to blush and they shouted how greated it sounded, bravo, etc. I laughed out loud and just then the light turned green so I gave them an embarrassed little wave and drove on.

That’s all for the first Monday Melodies on Hope Springs Eternal. I hope you enjoyed it!

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