What I’m Listening To: The Boxer
Before beginning I would like to offer an apology for my absence. I can’t remember if I had mentioned it before, but I have Crohn’s Disease and have been dealing with a flare up over the last couple of months, and have been responding to treatment pretty well. The last few weeks have been more difficult and have prevented me from doing anything but what was absolutely necessary; usually going back and forth from my bed to the bathroom. I’m pretty stable now and should be starting a new treatment that should put me on the road to remission. Hopefully there will not be any further gaps in my posting new articles.
While I enjoy posting my guilty pleasures, I’ve been thinking for the past couple of weeks about posting something that I’m more passionate about and really like for, seemingly, all the right reasons. So, I will continue to post guilty pleasures, but now I am also going to post, from time to time, songs that I’m currently into and would like to share. My first song is one that I have completely fallen in love with. I picked up Mumford and Sons new album Babel when it was released last month and took a long drive while listening to it. I absolutely love the album – I will discuss it further in a future post – one song stood out to me. At first I wasn’t sure where I had heard the song before, but when the chorus began I knew exactly what it was; The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel.
This probably won’t sit well with a lot of people, but I actually prefer the cover to the original. As much as I like Simon and Garfunkel and their amazing sound, I think that the folk-driven sound of Mumford and Sons lends itself so perfectly to the song. Also, as much as I like the harmonization of Simon and Garfunkel, I prefer the raw emotionally driven sound of Marcus Mumford’s voice. Since first hearing it, I’ve been listening to the song nonstop. The lads from Mumford and Sons add new depths to the song with the inclusion of their normal instrumental line up, the bass, banjo, and keyboards. The banjo and how it accentuates the song is most notable and gives the track the sound many of us have come to know and love from the band. For me, it is a perfect song.
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About Chris (18 posts)
About myself...what to say.
I'm a lifelong nerd/geek, or whatever you'd like to call it. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and have lived there my entire life. I love all things nerd/geek, especially sci-fi and gaming.
My interests, in terms of writing for Noise Shark Media, are movies, television, gaming, and music. My first love has always been, and I imagine always will be, music. I grew up in a music family: my granddad was a singer in his teens and early twenties, my dad is a talented guitar player, as are my uncles. I love most genres of music with the exception of country. I enjoy some rap, but not a lot of it. My heart lies with classical rock and alternative. I had the privilege of meeting and becoming friends with Goldy McJohn from Steppenwolf last summer on a plane ride from Philadelphia to Seattle.
My second love are movies, especially Charlie Chaplin and anything Robert Downey Jr. I also love to game, although I don’t always have the time I would like to be able to play more. My favorite games are from the Total War series.
I’m very excited to be writing for Noise Shark. Hopefully I don’t piss off too many of you with my articles, but if so, suck it up and don’t be a sheep shagger.