In case you’ve somehow missed it, I’m a bit head over heels for Sam Beam, also known as Iron & Wine. He’s been one of my biggest music artist crushes for years; I’m not sure that anyone surpasses him in lyric writing for me. And I’m all about the lyrics, guys.
In fact, I hold the lines of his songs so dear to my heart that I committed to painting every word to “Passing Afternoon” onto the walls of our home, and an illustrated portrait of him sits on a shelf above our sofa. That’s love, y’all.
Every single time I hear his voice, I’m transported to somewhere in the southern United States, in a cozy rocking chair on a big, airy porch, with a refreshing drink in hand and mountains in view – the combined scent of fresh air and blooms and burning cinder from a bonfire somewhere in the distance, the sounds of laughing kids and barking dogs and chirping creatures hidden away in the forest and nearby pond. A simpler place, a simpler time. Cozy and safe. Lyrics are powerful, aren’t they?
Anyway, last year, he and artist, Jesca Hoop, teamed up to release Love Letter for Fire. As is usual when he releases something new, I listened to nothing but that album for the next several months. This one came at a perfect time, as Jeremy and I were able to play it as we traveled the winding mountain roads of North Carolina.
Here’s an Iron & Wine playlist if you just can’t get enough of Sam either: