I give away a free song from time to time for subscribers, but this is going to be a bit bigger than that.
Just wanted to share a quick programming note with you: I just discovered that Phonic FM played “El Tiempo…” on the Roots and Shoots show last month. Phonic FM is out of Exeter in the UK. So peace to all my new friends in Exeter!
Also, you can hear “Harbor View” on the Klassik Lounge show on Klassik Radio tonight at 10pm CET.
Thanks for listening, and hope your new year is off to a great start!
Properly Chilled included “The Last Resort” on this month’s podcast. The episode is subtitled “Tripping Through Mushrooms” because the sounds are “mushroomy,” which is cool with me. I’m just happy to be on the playlist – I’m a huge fan of Properly Chilled. Maybe the mushroom reference has something to do with Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz?
The Breckenridge Autumn Ale has become one of my favorite Fall beers. Autumn seems to be the time of year when you want something to warm you up a bit, something with a little extra flavor. But I feel like a lot of the seasonal beers that come out in September and October are a little over the top – sometimes too sweet, other times too malty. The Breckenridge Autumn, however, is just right.
The more complete name of the beer is the After Rakin’ Autumn Ale, which along with the colors on the label, drew me in right away because of how strongly it evoked Fall. I’ll admit – the packaging sold me. But this beer is tasty. Breckenridge mix German lager malty-ness with American ale cleanness. The two styles combined result in a beer with subtleties, and that seems appropriate for the season. It’s cooler outside, and you can smell a hint of leaves on the air. The Breckenridge Autumn Ale is the beer equivalent of that feeling.
The brewery describes the ale: “Brewed with Munich malts and a delicate blend of Bavarian hops, it’s a full-bodied treat with a nutty-sweet middle, a warming alcohol level and notes of toasted grains.” But I think the subtitle on the bottle says it best: “Warms the soul. Soothes the spirit.”
Enjoy this one outside if it’s leaf-color-season where you live, or if it isn’t. Pick it up soon though – it’s only available in September and October.
Back when I was working on my first album, I was also producing the occasional Hip Hop song for artist friends of mine. You’d have a hard time tracking those down now, but this is one you can still find. And it’s one of my favorites. It’s called “Spirit Run,” and it’s by Daniel Jefferson, aka Motown Pride, with backing vocals by J’Nelle.
The mix is admittedly too hot, but I love this track. It’s cool because it’s not a typical verse-chorus structure, and Daniel laid down some amazing spoken word instead of more traditional rap. I definitely recommend listening for the lyrics.
I also love that the music has such a Gospel feel to it. That was one of my goals in writing the song. My other goal was to switch from a minor chord progression to a major one about half-way through the song. There’s probably a technical term for that, but I like to call it “redemptive” songwriting – starting out serious or painful or sad, and resolving to hopeful, uplifting and happy.
Anyway, hope you enjoy it as much as I do. You can get the track right here: Motown Pride – Spirit Run featuring J’Nelle (produced by Zane Tate)