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This is the second in a series of posts of the about my latest attachment to something. Click here to see my first post about the series The Good Wife. As said in the first post, it’s nice to share the good things in life.  

In this installment, I bring to you music by Mumford and Sons.  

  

From their official website:  

Since they formed in December 2007, the members of Mumford & Sons have shared a common purpose: to make music that matters, without taking themselves too seriously. Four young men from West London in their early twenties, they have fire in their bellies, romance in their hearts, and rapture in their masterful, melancholy voices…  

With each release, the music of Mumford & Sons got brighter, bolder and brawnier, with an increasing focus on their empassioned and intimate lyrics.  “What we write about is real, and we sing and play our instruments more passionately cos we feel like we need to. We love honest music,” says Winston.  

Then came the time to record their debut album…[it] begins with the extraordinary title track, Sigh No More, a statement of intent that references the romantic language of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, as they sing: “Love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you / It will set you free / Be more like the man you were made to be.”  

I found their music when someone played me a few of their songs and I saved the name in a draft text message (because that’s what I did with my previous phone). Soon enough the drafts folder had filled up and I finally decided to investigate the songs and bands I had initially stored. I was captivated when I listened to the lyrics and passionate story telling of this folk rock band.  

The members of this band are Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane, and I sincerely hope that when they tour Australia next time (please come back!) I will be able to attend one of their gigs. Unfortunately I missed out earlier in the year. If you want to know more about this band, here is an article by The Herald Sun profiling the band.  

Mumford and Sons in concert at the Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol. 2009.

 

These are some stand-out lyrics and the links will direct you to a YouTube video of the song:  

Oh tell me now, where was my fault/ In loving you with my whole heartWhite Blank Page  

You desired my attention/ but denied my affectionsWhite Blank Page  

Align my heart, my body, my mind,/To face what I’ve done and do my timeDust Bowl Dance  

In these bodies we will live,/ in these bodies we will die/ Where you invest your love,/ you invest your lifeAwake My Soul  

Spare me your judgements and spare me your dreams, Cause recently mine have been tearing my seamsThistle and Weeds

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