November 16, 2020: This Week in Fingerstyle!"


November 16, 2020

It is November and the world is still mostly in lockdown and a pandemic that has shattered or constrained untold numbers of lives. But some good news and hope are starting to peek through the gloom! Through all of this, musicians have been hit some of the hardest with their relied-upon gig income having vanished and their lives and finances stressed to the limit. Musicians have rolled with the punches and tried to reinvent themselves with streaming concerts, recording at home, lessons and concerts through Zoom, Facebook and Instagram. Succinctly, it's been tough to say the least! I admire the toughness, the resiliency, the generosity, the love and the caring shown by the musical world during this difficult time in history. Better days ahead!

So, it's time for me to "raise the chatter" on the small segment of the musical world that I peek into every day: the diverse and incredible world of "fingerstyle guitar!" So much good fingerstyle guitar music is being produced these days by incredible and talented musicians, and I'm here to put a smile on their faces every Monday morning!

Daryl Shawn, an incredibly talented fingerstyle artist himself, makes my job easy as he sorts through all the new releases each week and chooses a new "top ten" featuring a representative current best in the world of fingerstyle and adds the new top ten to "The most exciting playlist on Spotify" every Monday morning! "This Week in Fingerstyle" curated by Daryl Shawn is where you'll find the absolute best that true "Indie" has to offer in the world of fingerstyle! Daryl does all the selecting of the tunes, I just make a few comments. Put your headphones on or AirPods in and disappear into these wonderful sounds as we check out what gems Daryl found for us this week! "This Week" now has over 500 "Followers" enjoying this weekly treat!

First up this week is "Peaceful Heart" by Christie Lenée & Phil Keaggy, wow! This peaceful heart is like a wall of beautiful sound covering every square centimeter of the sonic world. Just incredible!

"Easy" by Lance Takamiya brings us back to the ground with a beautiful tune made for skipping along your favorite trail or beach! Just lovely!

"Finding Hope" by Ken Verheecke gives us Ken's constant upbeat, inspiration and indeed hope that things will work out and everything will be OK! Thanks Ken, we all needed that right now!

"Happy Together" by Lance Allen is Lance's cover of the Turtles' hit tune. Lance nails this one with the perfect sound capturing the original vibe and proving that the "one man band" concept is not lost! Love this one!!

"Rosanna" by Matt Harp is Matt's take on Toto's hit song. This is a tough piece to pull off with just a guitar, but Matt does it with ease and finesse! Just listen to the runs that Matt blazes through along with that constant base beat. Inspiration for any aspiring fingerstyle artists!

"Salt Water" by George Sandru is just tremendous guitar artistry! A beautiful sound combined with perfect execution and a soaring texture to the sound. Beautiful!

"Idontwannbeyouanymore" by Vadim Kobal is his take on the Billie Eilish song. Wow! Well done Vadim! Really tremendous job with ease and complete mastery of both the guitar and the song! 

"Polaroid" by Will Moore is the final piece from Will's latest EP release "Guitar Stories". A beautiful close to this wonderful EP. This one has romance, anticipation and just pure satisfaction wrapped up in a beautiful nylon string love song! 

""Day 22 - Honnsrøve" by Jürgen Saalmann is part of his epic musical tour guiding us through Scandinavia. With this entire album Jürgen captures the essence of each locale with sweet, sometimes haunting sounds that make for the perfect enticement to see these beautiful places. What a wonderful project!

"Rikki Don't Lose That Number" is Rick Cyge's take on Steely Dan's hit. Rick pulls this one off and wow's us with his ability to capture the full feeling of this classic piece. The nylon string solos will blow you away! Keep on rocking' Rick!

And don't stop there! Remember that all the past selections follow the new top ten starting with Ulli Boegershausen's "Both Sides The Tweed", a lovely tune by the great Scottish Dick Gaughan! Beautiful and haunting, Ulli takes us on a beautiful reunion celebrating the Treaty of Union between Scotland and England. Tears will well up as you listen to Ulli's beautiful version capturing this historic event using just a few beautiful chords! So much beautiful music on this list, it is rather amazing and it grows ten new pieces each week!

Daryl Shawn, thank you again for making my Monday mornings a very special and exciting part of every week! And for highlighting the talents of these brilliant artists who work and struggle so hard just to share their beautiful music with the world!

And that's it for another "This Week in Fingerstyle" by Daryl Shawn who every week puts together "the most exciting playlist on Spotify"!

Remember to "Follow/Heart/Like" the playlist that Daryl Shawn so painstakingly creates every week and "Follow/Heart/Like" the artists that give you their all each week!

Join us every week for "This Week in Fingerstyle" on Spotify!


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