Photo by G.
Morphine’s lead singer Mark Sandman would have been 58 years old today, September 24, 2010, and though he is deceased, I’d like to wish him a very happy birthday. Morphine’s music, described as “low rock,” is perfection to me. Each song is short and sweet, has great ironic lyrics and features Mark Sandman’s signature baritone vocals. I was supposed to see Morphine in concert for the first time on July 25, 1999 but it wasn’t to be. Mark Sandman collapsed and died on stage on July 3, 1999 (and while performing my favorite song “Super Sex.”) I was devastated. Though he’s gone, his music lives on more than ever with me. On a trip to Iceland a few years ago, my friend and I navigated some very scary terrain with just us and Mark’s sultry vocals blasting through the speakers, ensuring our safe journey. We never would have made it without his music. Mark, wherever you are – hope your day is great. I miss you terribly.
G's Top 9 albums of 2009
I can’t believe the year 2009 is almost over. December marks the time to look back on the high and low lights of the year we are about to finish.
2009 was a pretty lackluster year for music and it seems that each year gets worse, but never fear – I was still able to come up with my favorite 9 albums of 2009. I’ll take them row by row as pictured above. Read my thoughts after the jump.
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Morphine - Album collage by G
Please visit this site and donate what you can to the Mark Sandman Music Project. Mark Sandman was the lead singer of the band Morphine before he tragically died in 1999. His music and his legacy will live on forever and his label Hi-N-Dry has set up the Mark Sandman Music Project to raise money for children to be able to learn to make music. It’s such a great cause, so please give what you can. To sweeten the pot, from now until September 20 (my birthday), they will be offering free mp3s of Morphine/Mark Sandman covers as well as previously unreleased songs from the Morphine archive!