I have a spare morning on my hands (since I got up at the crack of dawn to go and buy these plastic crates, which are fab for dorm rooms and the like), so I've come bearing songs by two artists who you've probably never heard of.
Xavier is an Australian-Canadian roots/folk rock/world music artist. I don't expect many of you to like him all that much, but I'm obsessed! His songs are mostly about the environment, humanity, and spirituality and I just love his lyrics. ♥ These here would have to be my favourite:
Well I guess I should say, this is all that I need: music and you, and the air that I breath. And I guess I should say, these feelings we have come out from the storm, make you just wanna dance. And I guess I should say, we are lucky today and cheers my friends for the vibes you bring. And I guess I should say, this is all that I need: music and you and the gift of the trees. And I'm disgusted at times, by things that I see, like mountains with holes, where trees used to be. And I'm disgraced here and there - when I look to the sea, all the pollution we feed her - and some comes from me. And I guess I should say, this is all that I need: music and you and the gift from the trees.
If you want to give him a try, here are some of my favourite songs:
Let Me Be
Ben is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. I know him through Camp Wanakita, where we're both counsellors. So maybe I'm a bit biased, but I really like his music. It's really laid back and acoustic, and totally personal to him. And they all remind me of summer nights sitting by the campfire and listening to him play. ♥ He plays a lot of shows at local clubs and lounges, although I've yet to see him play at one. He's also released a compilation of songs by Canadian artists to benefit Reach for the Rainbow, which is just a charity to send disabled kids to camp. It's really cute because you always see him walking around Wanakita with a special needs child and they inspired him to make the cd.
So anyways, enough pimping Ben. If you like Teitur, Ben Harper, or Joshua Radin but with a bit more of a raw sound, you'll probably like Ben. If you want to check him out, download these songs:
When it Rains it Pours