I’m on a music kick so buckle up for another music recommendation. Today, I will be writing about musician Conor Oberst and his band Bright Eyes. He has unorthodox vocals so you’re either going to appreciate him for what it is or immediately turn it off and shake your fist in the air cursing my name. As someone with a hearing loss, lyrics are an important factor in whether or not I am going to enjoy a band. I only have limited hearing left in my life (especially working with young children who seem to lack volume control) so I want to make sure my ears are enjoying all they can before I am reduced to yelling, “WHAT?!” more often than I already do. Conor Oberst is masterful at telling a story and getting you to feel what he is conveying. Bright Eyes is one of those bands that can suck you into any mood because the lyrics and sounds capture it so well. I don’t know a band that does it better! My good friend, Quinten, used to tease me about listening to “Emo-Music”, but I think he was just jealous he couldn’t pull off a white-studded belt… that and one human can only take Chevelle’s “Send The Pain Below.”
All of the albums on the discography are solid, but my favorite is “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning”. It opens with one of my all time favorite songs “At the Bottom of Everything” and follows it with nine more incredible songs that are each unique and different. Most people have probably heard the song “First Day of My Life”, which I believe has appeared in a few commercials and soundtracks. Listen to the whole thing through as it will take you through a roller coaster of emotions and thoughts. Gah, I just love this album! Give it a listen and let me know what you think.