Mythic beauty
In the lull between storms

Tunes for a Monday Morning

This week, as I settle back into family life here in Devon, some songs that explore the concept of "home"....

Above, a classic: "Hame, Hame, Hame," by the great Scottish band Silly Wizard. It comes from their 1981 album, Wild and Beautiful.

Below, "Home Again" by Michael Kiwanuka, a British musician (of Ugandan heritage) from Muswell Hill in west London (2011).

Above, "Home" by the alt folk band Mumford & Sons, also from west London (2012). It's a song that never fails to bring tears to my eyes, perhaps because I first heard it during a traumatic time when I was separated from my loved ones.

Below, singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin, who comes from a small village in Wiltshire, UK, sings her poignant song "Home" for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge (2013). I love this young woman's voice, particularly in stripped-down performances like this one. (The very last part of it is particularly beautiful.) Fingers crossed that music producers don't turn Alpin into just another generic pop diva.

And to end on a lighter note:

Above, "Our House" from the North American folk rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, performed live in 1974. Lordy, this one takes me back.

Below, "Home," a joyful little tune by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, who hail from Los Angeles. It comes from their 2009 album, Up From Below.

If you want a little more this morning, I recommend "N17" by Ireland's The Saw Doctors (1991), and  the "Homesickness" and "Exile" programs on Ellen Kushner's brilliant old radion show, Sound & Spirit.