Because music is such a part of so many rituals, we continue our series “Ritual: Record,” where we ask people what music is part of their ritual when it’s time to relax. One of our customers, Tiff T., tells us about one of her ritual records.
You’ve picked this album for a reason – what about it lends itself to “sipping in the moment?”
This was one of my favorite Lumineers albums and when I decided to purchase it, I was on vacation from work. One of the great things about being on vacation from the work that I do is I can drink as much coffee as I want and not have to worry about what time I drink it, and if it’s going to keep me up, especially if I need to get enough sleep for my long haul to work. So, of course, I spent the day listening and … drinking coffee.
When did you become familiar with it?
I became a fan of their first release “Ho Hey.” I really became immersed in their sound, the echo and the pauses, and specifically Wesley Schultz’ voice. From that point on, I began following, waiting for any new releases. Then they released the album “Cleopatra,” and I knew after the first four songs that I loved it. Then they did a short film, “The Ballad of Cleopatra,” and with the visuals, it just sealed it for me.
Are there any specific memories that you think of when you hear a song from this record?
Oh wow, it’s funny you ask, because whenever I listen to the track “Long Way from Home,” I always think of summers when I was a kid. We would drive with a family member or close family friends to no particular destination, but we would always run into someone we knew. We would stop and talk, and us kids would run around and play, and when it was over, get back into the car and drive some more. We really didn’t go far from the neighborhood, but it seemed as if we went for a long journey.
What’s your favorite track?
“Angela” is definitely my favorite. I think it’s because of the pace of the song, the story, which was definitely influenced even more by the short film, and certainly Schultz’ voice. But there are so many on the album that aren’t too far behind.
If you had three songs by this artist to send to a friend who was totally unfamiliar – what would they be?
“Cleopatra,” “Angela,” “My Eyes.”
Where do you listen (room, atmosphere, what-have-you)?
I have a speaker in the corner near my dining room table which is right next to my patio door. So, every morning there’s this light that breaks through when I open the curtains that not only trickles into my kitchen onto my counter where I make my coffee but it’s just perfect for when I sit to drink my cup of coffee and write. It’s my work mornings, weekend mornings and vacation mornings cafe spot.
Thanks so much to Tiff. Now, what inspires you? What song or album do you come back to again and again.