December 14, 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 "Song For You To Stay", a holiday piece by Franco Morone! A beautiful piece that rings of home and hearth and warm firesides! Beautiful piece for the holidays Franco!

"What's Behind the Dusk?" by Zar Acoustic is an epic piece that thrills with innovation and complete mastery while evoking a deep almost religious experience. A truly epic piece Zar, wow!

"The Dedication" by Glenn Roth celebrates Hanukkah with a beautiful flowing melody line and a deep respect for this hopeful & inspiring time of year! Wonderful piece Glenn!

"Jump" by Mike Dawes is Mike's incredible version of the classic Eddie Van Halen hit! Perfection in a cover! Just give it a listen!

"Little Memories" by Lance Allen is sweet and gentle evoking those wonderful times of years gone by. A much needed piece for this crazy year. Sit back and let Lance take you back to better times!

"Razzmatazz" by Sifra & Julio Melio is an exciting blend of two guitars that know how to stir your soul! Wonderful!

"Hallelujah" by John Evergon is John's take on Leonard Cohen's classic made famous by Jeff Buckley and others. True to Buckley's version but with a style by John that takes it further! Just what we needed as this year closes out: Hallelujah, we made it!!! Really nice work John!

"Remembrance" by Dustin Furlow is brilliant guitarmanship and composition delivered in a floating, flawless guitar journey that rhythmically descends from a suspended beautiful melody! As soothing as guitar work gets! Beautiful Dustin!

"Rest Area" by August Flendahl is sweet nylon guitar by one of Tommy Berre's other monikers. That sweet intersection of melancholy and calm that Tommy does so well! 

And to close out this week's top ten is the brilliant work of Casper Esmann with the classic "In the Air Tonight". Casper's inimitable ability to fully capture the complete essence of every cover he performs makes me smile every time he releases another. Perfection!

And don't stop there! Remember that all the past selections follow the new top ten starting with "Amazing Grace" by Maneli Jamal One of the most-covered songs ever written, but Maneli brings something new with this ethereal, airy take. Thrilling!

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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