1996 – Audio Adrenaline: Bloom
1999 – Blink 182: Enema of the State
2000 – Caedmon’s Call: Long Line of Leavers
2003 – Norah Jones: Come Away with Me
2006 – John Mayer: Continuum
2010 – Lakes: The Agreement
There are albums that, for whatever reason, you relate to so deeply that they become landmarks on your journey. Bloom was the first CD I ever bought. Enema of the State was on repeat throughout my senior year of high school. “Can’t Lose You” from the album Long Line of Leavers was my lament while Jenn was living in England. I listened to Come Away With Me on every drive to Northern California to visit Jenn while she was living with her parents prior to our marriage. “Stop this Train” from the album Continuum was, and still is a song that completely encapsulates my feelings on the speed of life.
This year, it’s the album The Agreement from the band, Lakes. It’s going to mark a chapter in my life because it’s full of songs about the struggle. Hope in the midst of heartache – faith when it comes at a cost. I am pleased to say that I’ve got friends in this band. They are a group of men that believe the songs, because they’ve lived them.
We all want to listen to music that moves us. And I can promise you, with complete certainty, that this album will move you. I’ve had the privilege of getting a sneak peak at the album, and it’s incredible. So do yourself a favor and pre-order the album here. It will be released on Friday, September 3rd.
For those of you in California and neighboring states, please come to the release show in San Luis Obispo on Thursday, September 2nd at Downtown Brew. The only thing you will regret is your face being melted off. But it will be worth it. Trust me. Buy tickets here.
I’m doing this for your own good. Listen to my advice and you’ll get some kick ass music and warm fuzzies. Maybe not in that order…but you’ll get them.