In this Dream Tour segment, the singer-songwriter, So Much Light, lets you know who he would like on his ultimate tour lineup. You can check out the feature, after the break.
I’m going full fantasy on this one. I picked 3 artists that make up my singer-songwriter Mount Rushmore. As a caveat, I want to make it clear that I don’t see myself as being anywhere close to the talent level of these artists, but maybe if I speak all of their names in the mirror some of their magic will rub off on me.
I’m embarrassed to say I only just started digging into Fiona Apple’s discography. This year is the 20th anniversary of her debut album “Tidal”. I saw a friend posting about the record and I realized I wasn’t familiar with her work at all. So I did a Spotify deep dive for a couple days and came away feeling like I’d missed out on years without Fiona Apple in my life.
The fact that she’s been putting out transcendent pop music since she was 17 years old makes me want to go lie down in a ditch. Listening to her music I get the impression that I know exactly what she’s like in real life. She captures herself for good and for bad. You can’t teach that kind of sincerity.
Joanna Newsom is my end all be all desert island artist forever and ever amen. She’s capable of the same kind of transparent and transcendent songwriting as Fiona Apple, but it comes from a warmer place that isn’t entirely OF Joanna Newsom. She feels more like a guide through her songs than the subject of them. I’d be her merch guy for free if only to watch a whole tour’s worth of Joanna Newsom performances and I bet I’d cry every time.
Bjork is basically a demigod. Similar to my experience with Fiona Apple’s music, I discovered Bjork all at once about 8 years ago. It felt like striking oil. I couldn’t believe how good EVERY SINGLE SONG was. Beyond any other factor in her music, I can’t get over her skill as a singer. It’d be amazing to witness what kind of warm up routine, she goes through before performing. She’s been known to mentor younger artists, so on this fantasy tour, I imagine she’d end up adopting me.
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