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Tunes for a Monday Morning

Blue Rose Code (Ross Wilson)

Here's music to get us going this morning from Scottish singer/songwriter Ross Wilson and his band Blue Rose Code. I think he's one of the most interesting songwriters working today, creating musical poetry in the interstices between folk, jazz, and rhythm & blues.

Above: "In The Morning - Parts 1, 2 & 3," a beautiful trio of inter-linked songs recorded at Gran's House Studio last month. (Make sure you let the video run long enough that you hear all three parts.) The back-up vocalist is Wrenne, a singer/songwriter from Utah.

Below: "Edina," performed with fellow Scottish songwriter Karine Polwart in Glasgow earlier this year, filmed for The Quay Sessions, BBC Scotland. This lovely song about growing up in Edinburgh is from Blue Rose Code's second album, The Ballads of Peckham Rye (2014).

Above: "Julie," an old favorite of mine from Blue Rose Code's first album, North Ten (2013).

Below: Wilson's latest song, with backing vocals from the McCrary Sisters from Nashville. Wilson asked fans to send in video clips of what the word "grateful" meant to them, and this is the result....

The last video was just what I needed this morning to bring a little light into the mass media's darkness. This is what people are grateful for: not money, not possessions, not celebrity, but family, friends (human and animal), music, health, and the everyday places where we make our lives.