Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sick Day

Well, it would appear as though the clusterfuck of working 6 days a week, diving headfirst into CMW, whisky-soaked reunions with friends and generally, trying to live the life of 2 men at once has finally caught up to me.  Today, for the second time in my life, I, Shane Paul Saunderson, took a sick day.  I was sneezing on Sunday, chalked it up to allergies by Monday, and when I woke this morning with my head ready to explode... I finally admitted to myself that I was not, in fact, superman.

Besides, we all know that I am the batman.

I spent the day watching movies in bed, catching up on emails with friends, and maybe snuck in a bit of contract work as well (what?  I'm an addict).  To go along with this chill day, I needed a chill soundtrack.  The timing could not have been more perfect as I had just started listening to Jose Gonzalez.

A folk singer/songwriter of Argentinian descent who was born and raised in Sweden (still with me?), Gonzalez plays a simplistic solo classical guitar style hiding beneath soft vocal melodies.  He's released two full albums, Veneer, and In Our Nature, a handful of EPs and only recently has started to breakthrough with some mainstream popularity on a few movies and TV shows.

Generally speaking, his music is the type to be filed under the feeling of 'soulful.'  While very simple in arrangement and progression, the music captures the most basic and important element of good art; it engages the audience.  Coming across as some sort of modern day James Taylor, Gonzalez was the perfect accompaniment to my steady recovery today.

-I promise everything will be alright if you promise to believe me