Wednesday, January 06, 2016

El Vy, Ed Sheeran, Et al, on Sirius XM are Worth Hearing

Matt Berninger of The National
Remember when 1975 performed live on Sirius XM and it sickened me?

I believe that Sirius XM sessions are a litmus test of musicianship. El Vy is a great example of success.

Matt Berninger, whom you may remember from such groups as The National, is also part of El Vy. He performed their single Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to sing, with Crescendo) live for Sirius XM.

First, here's the track from their album:

And here's their version for Sirius XM. It's different, but good and worth hearing. 
I don't have any idea what this song is talking about but I do know it references places in Cincinnati such as The Serpentine Wall, pictured below.
These Sirius XM recordings are little gems and you can find them on YouTube. This isn't a sponsored post, although I would happily become their spokesperson.

A few more sessions of note:

Ed Sheeran's Don't

In this you will find proof of Ed Sheeran's adorability and talent. He uses nothing but a loop pedal and tiny toy guitar to play a song that will make you lose respect for Ellie Goulding and Niall Horan of One Direction. I thought we were mates, bro.

David Garrett's Smooth Criminal

In this you will find proof that violinists should be heard and not seen. I like this guy. I'm impressed. Respect, all round. But I just don't want to see anyone's face while they are intensely violinning.  I don't mean to be impolite because I think this is interesting music. But when people close their eyes tightly with joy to me it indicates they are having a private time that I shouldn't watch. Can you watch without looking away?
(Major props to Lindsay Stirling who has made great strides in this arena. It's not you, it's me.)

Let me know if you see or hear any Sirius XM sessions you think I'd like.


  1. Amen to feeling awkward watching violinists. What I really don't understand are the faces pianists make. Their instruments aren't mashed into their faces, but a lot of them still manage to look pained/overly emotional.

    1. Whatever it is is fine if I'm not looking at it.


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