Monday, March 9, 2015

Hopeless Wanderer and Little Lion Man: Mumford & Sons

I don’t know about you, but I love collecting music of all kinds. My iTunes account is a collection of pop, punk rock, classic rock, soundtracks, classical, indie, and country. Between my laptop and the family desktop computer, I have over 2,300 songs, and amongst those songs, you can find some of my favorites. I typically collect favorites based on genre and then group them together in playlists. Out of all my favorites, the most listened to are Mumford & Sons. And, because they just released a new single today, I have a story about Mumford for you and a couple of my all time favorite Mumford songs.

a peek at my small iTunes collection. way more on the desktop computer.
Once upon a time, when I was driving the minivan and Mumford came on the radio, I turned the volume up until the windows were rattling. Mind you, I was going to my sister’s karate school to pick her up, so when I parked I was next to this huge truck. (Keep in mind that I’m in a minivan.) Apparently, with the windows up, you could only hear the bass line and APPARENTLY there was a person in the truck, because the next thing I know, this guy’s getting out of the truck and he’s looking in the window at me and then he tapped on my window. I rolled it down without turning down the volume and then this muscle-y guy’s bent over, dying laughing.

Well. The song ended, so I turned down the volume and the guy was kind of bracing himself on the hood of my minivan and when he finally collected himself enough to speak (although he was still laughing pretty darn hard), he just goes, “I thought you were listening to rap, so I was going to ask you to keep it down because my kid’s in the car, but then you rolled down the window and it’s just this hardcore banjo and I couldn’t keep it together.”

That being said, here are two of my favorite Mumford & Sons songs:

  1. HOPELESS WANDERER: This is probably my all time favorite Mumford song (and the one that I was jamming to in my story). It's got the hardcore banjo that I love and the lyrical genius this song presents. Basically I love it and you should listen to it. (And all of the other music by Mumford & Sons. And then report back to me and tell me what you think.)
  2. LITTLE LION MAN: Language warning for this one as there are several f-bombs throughout the song. This one is also my favorite. It's something that I listened to quite a bit following being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2012, and the lyrics continue to challenge me. The line that says, "Your boldness stands alone among the wreck," reminded me of myself, I suppose, and the fact that during the months following my diagnosis, I felt rather alone. It also contains hardcore banjo and I am a huge fan of hardcore banjo.

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