I Listen To Mumford and Sons (And This is Why)

A little over two years ago, I first heard the name “Mumford and Sons.” At first I resisted…they were becoming all the rage at my school, and I didn’t want to give in simply because it was the cool thing to do.

One day, I caved. I figured maybe there was a good reason lots of people were listening to them.

I haven’t looked back since.

Their latest album, Babel, came out  just over a week ago. That day, I got up early so I’d have time to purchase the CD on my way to work. Into my CD player  it went, and there it has remained. It has been on repeat in my car, on my laptop, and some days at work. I’ve listened to a few other things here and there…but not much.

It’s convenient that the folk/rock/indie thing Mumford has going on happens to be one of my favorite genres, which is part of the reason I like them so much.

There is much, more more to it than that though.

One of my favorites from Babel is this song, Hopeless Wanderer.

 

 

I wrestled long with my youth

We tried so hard to live in the truth…

But hold me fast, Hold me fast

Cuz I’m a hopeless wanderer

And hold me fast, Hold me fast

Cuz I’m a hopeless wanderer

And I will learn, I will learn to love the skies I’m under

And I will learn, I will learn to love the skies I’m under

The skies I’m under

 

Yes, yes, yes. There is so much in those words that resonates with me. Judging purely by the numbers of CD’s sold, I don’t seem to be the only one. In the past few years, Mumford and Sons has sold out shows, broken records, and won awards. With success naturally comes controversy, and some have claimed all their songs sound alike, that their authenticity does not ring true, that they are too overt with religious themes or not overt enough.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I cannot speak for why you do or do not enjoy Mumford and Sons.

But I do. I listen to them. A lot.

 

I listen to Mumford and Sons because even after listening to the same song upwards of 50 times, it can still give me the best kind of goosebumps.

I listen to Mumford and Sons because they express faith, doubt, hope, longing, and bits of truth that people of all sorts can identify with.

I listen to Mumford and Sons because they play their instruments with skill, and seem about producing good music, not just music that will sell.

I listen to Mumford and Sons because I have listened to After the Storm, on repeat, when my heart was aching and bruised, and in some small way, it helped.

I listen to Mumford and Sons because as good art, I believe, should, they leave much interpretation up to the listener.

I listen to Mumford and Sons because after more than a week of listening to Babel, it can still bring tears to my eyes.

 

I listen to Mumford and Sons because they sing what my soul cannot.

 

Til next time…

~Brianna!~

 

p.s. Have thoughts on Mumford and Sons? Feel free to leave a comment–I promise I’ll read it, even if we disagree. =)

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3 thoughts on “I Listen To Mumford and Sons (And This is Why)

  1. That was a great song, thanks so much for sharing it. There music has a really thoughtful quality to it, kind of deep.

    And thanks for following my blog. I post at least once a week, feel free to comment! 🙂

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