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It comes in waves, musical heartache

I think I’ve written about Greg Laswell before… anyway, his song “Comes and Goes (In Waves)” just came up in my playlist while I’m working but not working because it’s almost lunch time and we’re preparing for snow and the kids are being dismissed early so my brain is naturally going a mile-a-minute which means TURN UP THE RADIO!

This is for the ones who stand
For the ones who try again
For the ones who need a hand
For the ones that think they can
It comes in waves
Am only led to wonder why

This isn’t my favorite song, but it’s fitting right now I think. Even though this album came out in 2008, and this particular song did very well, in part, because it ran in a couple popular shows you might know… Grey’s Anatomy and True Blood.

But come on Greg, where are you? I mean in 2013 you released, I was Going to be an Astronaut, but it was an album of remakes, it was your sixth studio album and it was remakes.  And then last year your seventh album released and I hate to admit I didn’t hear much about it… Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet. Sadly, this released a little after your split with Ingrid Michaelson… maybe it’s related, I don’t know, I myself am not one to be able to speak of love and relationships or what constitutes as dodging or not dodging a bullet.

That aside, I looked it up today and so back to the music talk.

Ohhhh Greg,  Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet, is one of the saddest albums I’ve ever listened to, seriously not one anyone feeling emotional should spend time listening to, so I wish I hadn’t. That being said, when music can make you feel something, it’s good.

No more alarms
I’ve got this, I’ve got this I’ve got this
No fire escape
I’ve got this, I’ve got this, I’ve got this
We’ve got this

The lyrics above are from track #6 which is called “I’m Not the Same Man” and it is heartache in music form. I think this album was likely very painful for him to make. Greg Laswell fans, it’s brooding, introspective music, with a raw depth of sadness that those who have felt before will be able to resonate with instantly.

What is it about this old coffee shop?

Do you think Landon Pigg is his real name? I mean it seems like such an odd name, but at the same time I hardly think anyone would choose it as their fake name.

Landon, age 27, was born in Nashville and he vocal range I can only describe as lullaby worthy. Which I suppose isn’t so far off the mark seeing as how he began his music career by singing on children’s discs, but then eventually moved on onto his own personal melody.

He is most notably known for his song “Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop.” The single sold over 13,000 tracks in its first week on iTunes.

His self-titled debut released in 2006 followed by an EP and second album in the next few years, but he hasn’t released anything since 2009 and that makes me sad. A new song of his was released on the show “Parenthood” back in October of 2010. Since then… grasshoppers are chirping dude.

What he has said about his approach to making music?

‘Maybe there is a naiveté in my approach,’ he says. ‘I never had a guitar lesson when I started out. I’ve always felt that when you don’t learn all the rules you’re much more inclined to break them with a smile.’

He was also in the movie “Whip It” where he played the cheating boyfriend of Ellen Page’s character Bliss Cavendar. But I digress, that really isn’t important.