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Expand Your Music Interests - Iron and Wine

Updated on October 20, 2011

Let me share a new music experience with you:

The days of Napster might be behind us, but it ushered in a new way of thinking about and experiencing the act of music sharing. Many artists and groups now prominently offer their work for free for instant consumption on their websites, MySpace pages, and video sharing platforms such as YouTube. This allows bands and solo acts to get far more exposure than simple word of mouth, and consumers can get a feel for the spirit of an album before they ever have it in their hands.

In the tradition of passing on awareness of a group that I enjoy, I'd like to share with you some YouTube videos of Iron and Wine; in the hope that you too will become a fan of the music.

What do you think?

Does listening to (or watching videos of) an artist or group for free increase the odds that you will buy their music?

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Iron and Wine - Boy With A Coin

Boy With A Coin

I love the sound of this song and the video incorporates such soothing imagery. It's easy to lose yourself in the melody and enchanting tones of Sam Beam's vocals. Like being lost in a Siren's song, we forget that somewhere in there is a story of a boy who has found a coin in the weeds. I find myself listening to this song over and over again, never failing to wander inside my thoughts while it plays. I continue to grasp at following the story but, like waking from a dream and trying to hold onto the subconscious journey, I find it slipping through my fingers in a fog. This is by no means a bad thing, and keeps me listening again and again though I know the result will be the same.

Naked As We Came

For being what I would consider to be a shorter song, "Naked As We Came" takes us into the intimate moments when two lovers face the truth that we will all eventually expire. The guitar instrumentals in this song are so simple, at yet have a complexity that adds so much without saying a word.

Iron and Wine - Naked As We Came [Live]

Such Great Heights

Already a fan of the original version by The Postal Service, I was happy to see that Sam Beam took care to impart his own style while preserving the beauty and essence of the song. So many of my old favorites have been hacked and smashed by modern artists who just don't seem to care about the memories and ideas people have associated with the great songs they have destroyed for their own personal gain.

Take a listen to Sam Beam's take on "Such Great Heights" and see what you think.

Iron and Wine's cover - Such Great Heights

He Lays In The Reins

This song was actually new to me, and I found it only while researching the content for this Hub. I'm glad I came across it and just had to share. Seeing the smiles of the artists while they are performing in the studio really shows they take great enjoyment out of creating. I also like seeing all the parts and instruments that went into making this song sound as great as it does. With all the synthesis that came out of 80's music and spilled into everything thereafter, it's refreshing to see real people working together to put something like this together.

Iron and Wine with Calexico "He Lays in the Reins"

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    • marriedwithdebt profile image

      marriedwithdebt 6 years ago from Illinois

      I like Our Endless... and their album with Calexico. Anyone excited about Tom Waits' new album?

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      R. Brady Frost 6 years ago from Somewhere Between a Dream and Memory

      I couldn't agree with you more, JGoul! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment about your experiences listening to this band.

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      JGoul 6 years ago

      Iron and Wine is fantastic. I first heard them when they played at my undergrad (sadly, I didn't go, but the recording of the show was passed around campus until EVERYONE had heard it). The vocals are great, and Sam Beam writes incredible lyrics.

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      R. Brady Frost 6 years ago from Somewhere Between a Dream and Memory

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, Anj! I'm so glad that I was able to share these videos with you, and that you are able to share with your brothers as well. Bands and artists who allow their work to be experienced by the audience of the internet have given us so much in the way of expression of ideas, stories, and beliefs. I am truly grateful!

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      anjperez 6 years ago

      loved the music here. i have forwarded this link to my brothers so they can check this out. all voted up! (,")