Heights for January

Songs providing color for any gray days.

1. Leon Bridges ... better man

2. Ray LaMontagne ... jolene

          "A picture of you,
           holding a picture of me,
           in the pocket of my blue jeans."

3. Bears Den ... don't let the sun steal you away

4. Foo Fighters ... on the mend

5. King Floyd ... hard to handle

6. U2 ... in a little while

7. Silverchair ... findaway 

8. 30 Seconds to Mars ... from yesterday

9. James Brown ... papa don't take no mess

10. Ryan Adams ... gimme something good (live @ Carnegie Hall)

11. chicane ... no ordinary morning

Heroes Come In All Shapes and Sizes

I was about 13 yrs old the first time I saw David Bowie on a Saturday Night Live rerun.

And the sight freaked me out. 

I thought I knew some basic things, but here I couldn’t tell if it was a man, or a woman, or a robot? I couldn’t comprehend what I was seeing. 

But I recognized the song he played. The popular sound and the obscure sight of him totally clashed and my idea of who an artist could be expanded. 

It was a moment where I learned you don’t always have to look the part to play the part. 

He was a great artist before anyone could google “how to be a great artist” and follow a few artsy life hacks.

Obviously knowing his own condition, Bowie released his last album a week ago. It had to be a last gift to his fans.


- Joe Blake

Heights for December

Songs providing color for any gray days.

1. Indigenous ... come on home

          "So come on home,
           you're all I know.

           You're in my soul,
           I've never let go."

2. J. Holiday ... fall

3. chromatics ... at your door

4. Zac Brown Band ... colder weather

5. Matchbox 20 ... bright lights

6. london grammar ... strong

7. Filter ... take my picture

8. Led Zeppelin ... ten years gone

9. Prince ... kiss

10. Oasis ... champagne supernova

11. Jay-Z ... on to the next one

Heights for November

Songs providing color for any gray days.

1. the Roots ... stay cool

2. the Volcano Choir ... byegone

3. Royal Blood ... careless

4. dusty springfield ... i'll be faithful

5. Cold War Kids ... first

6. Matchbox 20 ... hang

7. Gin Blossoms ... found out about you

8. bonnie raitt... i will not be broken

9. James ... laid

10. Decyfer Down ... forever with you

          "Like shooting stars,
           how brief we are."

11. South ... paint the silence

Heights for October

Songs providing color for any gray days.

1. the Parlor Mob - everything you're breathing for

2. Buffalo Springfield - for what it's worth

3. Dave Matthews Band - crash into me

4. the Bluestones - more to life

5. Jeffrey Foucault ... geese fly by

6. Pearl Jam - alive

7. Counting Crows - round here

    "But the girl on the car in the parking lot
     says, "Man you should try to take a shot."

8. Def Leppard - hysteria

9. the Notwist - consequence

10. the National - mr. november

11. Peter Gabriel ... in your eyes