That is the name of the album that I am featuring on today’s Music Monday post. I was first introduced to TJ Hill by my brother, albeit a bit indirectly. I was browsing my brother’s Spotify listening history and saw this crazy title. According to the lasthistory plugin for Last.fm, the first day I listened to TJ Hill was December 18, 2012. If that’s true, it will almost be held in the same regard as December 7, 1941 in my mind.
A day that will live in infamy.
The most interesting thing about TJ Hill to me is that he’s so hard to describe. He doesn’t fit in a genre other than rock. It’s not that he’s transcending genres like Butch Walker, it’s that he’s so simply making amazingly beautiful music that doesn’t need to be defined. I cannot imagine someone hearing this album and not loving it1. In fact, I don’t recall telling a person about the album and having them say, “oh yeah, I didn’t love that album”. Seriously, this guy successfully worked a theremin into a song and it doesn’t sound like “Good Vibrations”. That is reason alone to buy the album. Also, there’s an Arrested Development (this one, not that one) reference.
It’s also a great album for those families with kids. Most days when I come home, I walk into the living room to find my wife and 15 month-old daughter listening and/or dancing to it. That brings such joy to my heart.
Here are 32 of my favorites.
“Weakness is a place I go, when a glimpse of you startles me.”
What a great way to open an album. The high-harmonies are to die for, the simple guitar lines, the build – it all gets me.
I love the way this song sounds like someone is tinkering in a workshop. The way the bells & percussion come in around 1:10 is just ingenious. Plus, the dude is already into the second verse by 1:00. How skilled of a songwriter do you have to be to do that? Very skilled!
Do you like crying while listening to music? No? Then don’t listen to this song. Seriously, it’s a beautiful tune that follows a couple’s love story in a very realistic way.
“How does a man make it through the day? Having found a perfect lover and then watching helplessly as cancer stole her away.
If these songs don’t move you, then you probably aren’t human. Go support some dude who works a real job and makes music because he loves it. Buy the album and help TJ buy some coffee or something.
- my friends will tell you that this is true and that I won’t stop hounding them to buy it or listen to it. ↩
- Ok, I couldn’t limit it to 3, so here’s a 4th track. Bird Allegory This song is just delightful. Again, it shows TJ’s skills at making a song build. An that you don’t have to have a Verse, Chorus, Verse, Bridge, Chorus 2x song to make something that is memorable and inviting. ↩