After Fuel’s epic week at the helm of his wonderful, joyous and revealing mixtape topic over at The Guardian, I thought I’d share with you a blog I’ve been following for some years.
Beautiful Song of the Week is a genre busting music blog, born when the writer decided to capture the songs he was sharing and listening to with his girlfriend. It does exactly as the name suggests. Every week the writer shares another song. There’s a short write up about the background of the artist or a story to go with the track. At the end of the post the writer gives 3 reasons why the song is beautiful and a suggestion of what you could be doing when you listen to the track. In his “About” page he says “think of this as a mixtape that’s never quite finished” (if he does ever decide to end it, Fuel has a beautifully curated list of options he could consider!). It’s a marvellously simple and effective concept. I dip in an out of this blog, maybe not visiting for a month or so, but because there is only one post a week, I never feel like I get too behind with the content.
The full list is also available to browse on the blog. The writer recently put together a Spotify playlist of all the songs he’s included so far; 363 songs and 24 hours of music (in the “Contact” tab). I’m working my way through it in the order it was written – there really is some very lovely stuff to discover.
I want to share this with you now because only the other week he wrote about his love of mixtapes and compilations mentioning a series called Late Night Tales. I am a fan of this compilation series, it’s where I most recently discovered The Alessi Brothers – Seabird The song he shared on this occasion is a cover of a song I love. I agree with him that the original is totally underrated; it has been a constant on my own compilations for years. The cover version lives up to the name of the blog. Beautiful.
Click the link at the top to visit the blog or to follow on twitter go to @abeautifulsong
Which music blogs (other than The ‘Spill, of course) do you visit and why? – Discuss.