Arts & Crafts
When artists call themselves singer/songwriters, they either fall into the category of a dull repetition of the overused guitarist/singer musical act or an artist with an incredible understanding of the genre’s potential. Snowblink, the musical duo of Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman, shows that very understanding on their second album Inner Classics, offering complex and emotional music strengthened by Gesundheit’s lyrics and the simplicity of their music.
There’s no doubt this album is distinctively different from others in the genre. Written in a cottage on Lake Erie in winter, an attic studio in Toronto in the early spring and a guesthouse in Malibu, California, it’s easy to see how these enviable vacation spots inspired the musical duo. The album is characterized by Gesundheit’s simple plucking guitar and the assortment of sounds Goldman adds for support. Gesundheit’s vocals hold through like an airy lullaby, inexplicably making the album seem like a lazy afternoon spent miles away from anything that matters.
But Snowblink’s real ability to expand on the singer/songwriter genre stems from Gesundheit’s confidence. In “Goodbye Eyes,” she shows no fear as she sings nothing but music scales except for the last line of the song. “Inner Mini-Mississippi” proves the best music in this genre is led by vocals, and Gesundheit boldly leads the track through a progression of gentle guitar to intense chords to a confident a capella section. Snowblink’s understanding of the potential of the singer/songwriter music style is what ultimately makes Inner Classics a complete success.
On this special short edition of The Gateway Presents, we celebrate the Gateway’s 103rd birthday by telling some birthday stories and talking about The Gateway’s history.
Since this is a music blog and not an exhausted-consideration-on-moments-in-my-life Tumblr blog, what better way to gain some clarity to what I’ve listened to in the past 11 months than order and number songs (one for each month) that I’ve found to be the best and most worthwhile from the past eleven months?
Pandas basketball player and starting point guard Jessilyn Fairbanks didn’t always envision herself leading one of the hottest teams in CIS. In fact, Fairbanks’ path — from Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) standout to leading the charge for the Pandas on both ends of the court — has become one of the more intriguing storylines in varsity sports this year.
What renowned paleontologist Phillip Currie initially thought was a turtle shell poking out of the ground turned out to be an almost fully intact baby dinosaur — and one of the most significant finds of his career.
Ron Woodroof’s life is one of constant debauchery, highlighted by drug addiction, alcoholism and hypersexuality. When the homophobic electrician and amateur rodeo cowboy is diagnosed with HIV AIDS, he reacts with disbelief and anger, beginning Dallas Buyers Club, a powerful story of one man’s resilience amidst the 1980s AIDS epidemic from Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée.