December 21, 2020: "This Week in Fingerstyle!"


December 21, 2020

2020 is quickly drawing to a close and many of us can't wait to turn the calendar page to a new year! What a year it's been. One thing for certain, like never before this world is feeling it together and it is so apparent what a small interconnected planet we live on. 

On that small interconnected planet, we are connected by music as well, and everyone, everywhere can listen to great music produced by artists they will never know. A small segment of that musical world that I peek into every day is the fingerstyle guitar genre. 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 "Snow and Stars Align" by Alan Shoesmith, a beautiful mix of nylon string guitar, and other instruments that mesh perfectly together to give us a wonderful piece perfect for the season! Really well done Alan!

"Somewhere Calm" by Jack Haigh is just what you need if you are looking to drift away to "somewhere calm" in the midst of this worldwide madness! I could listen to this one for hours and just drift off to a beautiful place!

"The Campfire Song" by Peter Lainson is perfect relaxation for either around the campfire or the family hearth! I'm sure the Lianson family and many others will be enjoying this around the holidays and all year long!

"Aurora" is a duet with Cory Alstad (piano) and me (guitar) that was done as part of the Yellow Rose Records holiday season album for 2020. Evoking the grand wonderment of the Aurora Borealis or the "Northern Lights", we tried to capture that twinkle and excitement of seeing the sky light up at night in the northern hemisphere in winter. Cory Alstad really made this one sing!

"Daniel" is the talented Rick Cyge's take on Sir Elton John's classic from the 70's. One of my all-time favorite songs that always takes me back to the way I felt as a teenager! Rick nailed this one on nylon string guitar!

"Lonely" by Vadim Kobal is Vadim's solo guitar version of Justin Bieber's sweet and tender song that captures all the vulnerability of those times when we all feel "lonely". Really beautifully done Vadim!

"Midnight Stride" by INST is melancholy, folksy fingerstyle at it's best! Listen to this one with the love of your life and stay close! Beautiful Zach Hughes!

"Winter Dream" by Denis Turbide and Eldar Ibrahimovic is the perfect duet of guitar (Denis) & piano (Eldar) that will have you dreaming or day dreaming in seconds. Tremendous!

"Postcard from D Major" by Nylonwings is melancholic sophistication that will leave you weak in the knees! David Westin manages to grab a hold of every heart string and pull gently. Beautiful!

"Returning" by Mike Howe is a tender and soaring fingerstyle ballad that brings hope of a world returning to some sanity in 2021. This is the perfect song to end this tumultuous year that has left such devastation across the world. Bravo Mike!!

And don't stop there! Remember that all the past selections follow the new top ten starting with "Buzz Pop" by Elson Complex  & Edy Hafler! Two masters of six strings! Love this!

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!

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