Empty Rooms are Honest Places

I like to think I have good taste in music. And so do a lot of my friends. (Not just because they agree with me.) Except for K-Pop. I just can’t do that one, sorry Lyssa.

But even though three people were telling me how amazing Penny & Sparrow are for the past four years, I just couldn’t seem to get into them.


A week ago Sunday, I went down to Indianapolis to see one of my favorite bands perform: The Oh Hellos. I’m slightly obsessed. It’s fine. Also in the building that night were both Switchfoot and Relient K. I will never not find this a funny.

And the friends that went with me were those dang Penny & Sparrow fans.

And guess who was opening for the Oh Hellos?

That’s right.

GUYS. I’ve been listening to Penny & Sparrow (almost) exclusively since.

There was this very nice parent-aged couple we met as we were waiting for the concert to begin that said they were really only there for Penny & Sparrow. The husband told me about how clear Andy Baxter’s voice is and that they’ve been to see them perform several times. This couple also let me and Morgen move in front of them so I could see a little bit better. #faithinhumanity

So my curiosity was peaked.img_2938

And I fell completely in love.

Two guys. One guitar.

Hilarious. Amazing stage presence.

Beautiful humans.

Thoughtful lyrics. There’s more to them than an initial listening will provide.

Hauntingly wonderful vocals

Can I say… soul-stirring? Maybe heart-stirring.

Though the concert was standing room only, I would love a chance to hear Penny & Sparrow in a more relaxed (see: chairs) setting. Because the you have to listen to them. And I think that is why I struggled so much to enjoy them before. I never took the time to understand the music. And I guess, I still don’t really “understand” everything. But I’m listening and not just hearing.

The music moved me folks. And I encourage you to let it do the same to you. Some things I recommend:

A Beginners Guide to Penny & Sparrow  <– Read this!

Serial Doubter
Honest Wage
Patience, First & Patience, Please

Take a listen, for your own good.

Then after the mellow sounds of Penny & Sparrow, yes, I rocked and jumped and danced to The Oh Hellos.


The energy level of this band when they perform is off the charts.

The banjo player acts like he’s rocking out on an electric guitar.

They’re jumping.

They’re dancing.

They’re singing their hearts out.

I don’t know how they keep it up, but I’m ever so glad they do.


I’ve said once, I’d gladly be a groupie for the Oh Hellos and just follow them on the road. And I still would. But if they don’t have an opening, I’d gladly trail behind Penny & Sparrow too.



Serendipity Suggests #12

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Spotify has this playlist that’s created for each user individually that’s refreshed every Monday. I’ve never take the time to see what Spotify put together in my personal Mixtape, but I finally tried it out this past Monday when I was spending way too much time in the kitchen.

And I loved it.

One of the albums I discovered on this playlist was called Hymns for Her by Dave Barnes.

And Serendipity Suggests you take a listen. The last song

Wedding Day Playlist

For my sister’s wedding I was in charge of music. (also the M-o-H) And while my iTunes arsenal was ready with lots of pre-ceremony and reception music, the one playlist I was lacking was a “Getting Ready” playlist. Despite my fervent web searching, I could not find a decent list of suggestions either! So I made my own. I wanted things that would keep my sister from crying but also songs that were appropriate for the day. I edited and added a few and subtracted a few for my best friend who was married this past August but the content is pretty much the same:

  • a few top hits that everyone will know
  • songs that make you dance
  • a little bit of country
  • a few wedding classics (Going to the Chapel, anyone?)