The Year In Music: The Current Picks 10 Songs Of 'Home'

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Not every year-end Top 10 list has to be a strict list of the 10 best albums, nor does it have to be a scientific ranking of music by merit. Two years ago, I began assembling my year-end best list in the form of a 10-song soundtrack, in the hopes that it would reflect the way I experienced the year. Truth be told, 2009 marks the first time it's really worked.

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today; Brian Eno and David Byrne i
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today; Brian Eno and David Byrne

I didn't realize it until I'd had the short list ready for trimming, but all of these songs in some way reflect on the concept of home. Sure, I can't be sure about the lyrics of the Touareg tribesmen in Terakaft, but as nomadic people, they seem to find a sense of home in their music.

During a year in which many Americans have lost their homes, I've felt doubly blessed to have a firm, loving base to share with my wife, and I feel inspired by the creative community in my adopted home of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Twenty-four years after leaving England, I find myself preparing to make the commitment to become a citizen of this country — a place I'm now proud to call home. I hope these songs do justice to that notion.

The Year In Music: The Current Picks 10 Songs Of 'Home'

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today; Brian Eno & David Byrne

Strange Overtones

  • Artist: David Byrne/Brian Eno
  • Song: Strange Overtones
  • From: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

Okay, this one's personal: Between Brian Eno's extraordinary interview for The Current and the time I spent reading David Byrne’s blog and book, these two gave me some of the real musical highlights of my year.

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Song
Strange Overtones
Album
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Artist
David Byrne/Brian Eno
Label
Todomundo
Released
2008

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Hazards of Love; The Decemberists

Rake's Song

  • Artist: The Decemberists
  • Song: The Rake's Song
  • From: Hazards of Love

This one, from The Decemberists' ambitious "folk opera" The Hazards of Love, reminds me of my British roots -- even though the band's members live about as far as you can get from Europe and still reside in the U.S. It's the sort of folk music that can describe even the darkest stories with an undercurrent of mischief and joy.

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Song
The Rake's Song
Album
Hazards of Love
Artist
The Decemberists
Label
Capitol
Released
2009

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Djer Aman; Terakaft

Djer Aman

  • Artist: Terakaft
  • Song: Djer Aman
  • From: Akh Issudar

Like the Brian Eno and David Byrne song above, Terakaft's "Djer Aman" technically came out late in 2008. But I couldn't pass it up: Music from the windswept Sahara, it speaks in a universally spiritual way.

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Song
Djer Aman
Album
Akh Issudar
Artist
Terakaft
Label
Tapsit
Released
2008

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Up From Below; Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

Home

  • Artist: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • Song: Home
  • From: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

It doesn't take a genius to figure out how this one fits into a theme of "home." Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' sweet-natured gem has been The Current's No. 1 song for many weeks now -- a reminder that, as thankful as I am for home, it's great to have an amazing audience, too.

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Song
Home
Album
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Artist
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Label
Vagrant (Us)
Released
2009

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