***The sounds of summer are captured within the warm strings of these 2000s acoustic tunes ->
This week we put our focus on 2000s Acoustic Love-Songs, those brilliant little tunes from 2000-2009 beginning with John Mayer and ending with Jason Mraz. For many of you reading this, they were the songs playing in the background when you were young and falling in love for the first time. Perhaps you were even moved to pick up an acoustic guitar and learn a few lines to impress that special someone (yes, those private serenades were usually unintentionally super-awkward, but the intention was lovely nevertheless.) The 00s decade represents a true renaissance of rootsy singer-songwriters who were a were part of a seriously inspiring new grass-roots music movement. Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Coldplay, Bright Eyes...there is a nice mellow thread that connects these artists (Jack Johnson insisted that the threads be fair-trade only.) When you think of this decade's new-found interest in coffee-houses, well-being, mindfulness & organic-everything, it is no wonder than this genre of music was so darned popular the entire way. We have listed 3 sub-genres below with a definition of what links these songs as well as a recording to help you imagine what these might sound like on your special day. Pour yourself a non-fat fair-trade cappuccino, take off your shoes and light some incense. We are about to go acoustic!
AWESTRUCK ACOUSTICS These are the songs that were largely written by singer songwriters with sparing musical production, often recorded with just a singer and their acoustic guitar. Best enjoyed alone on a quiet afternoon while writing in your dreams journal.
Grow Old With You - Adam Sandler Hey There Delilah - Plain White Ts First Day Of My Life - Bright Eyes Such Great Heights - Iron & Wine Gravity - John Mayer Sparks - Coldplay Save Your Scissors - City and Colour Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti Angel - Ben Harper
1234 - Feist Hard Sun - Eddie Vedder I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab For Cutie SOFT ROCKERS A touch more life-like than their acoustic cousins, these songs about life and love had a band backing their heart-drenched lyrics, adding a unique powerful feeling to each one. Many of these were on your road-trip mixes of the past with you graciously singing along (while stealthfully sing/mumbling the less-memorable parts.)
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran Jack & Diane - John Mellancamp Yellow - Coldplay Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol How To Save A Life - The Fray The Girl - City and Colour I Miss You - Blink 182 A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton You & Me - Lifehouse The Cave - Mumford & Sons
If You're Gone - Matchbox 20 We Will Still Need A Song - Hawksley Workman When I Dream Of Michaelangelo - Counting Crows
BEACH FOLK Put on your sun-shades and sandals and feel those oh so gracious summer vibes. All of these songs are inspired by beach-vibes, sung sweetly by musicians with their feet buried snugly in the sand. Remember to lather in lots of sunscreen
Forever - Ben Harper Better Together - Jack Johnson Lovesong - 311 Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat Amber - 311 Say - John Mayer Drive - Ziggy Marley Every Breath You Take - 311 Start The Fire - No Doubt Island In the Sun - Weezer I Melt With You - Jason Mraz When The Night Feels My Song - Bedouin Soundclash