What is this blog?

“A lot of smart people talk about the need for ‘curation’ of the almost overwhelming and unmanageable flow of information on the Internet today. The personal touch of someone whose judgement we trust will increasingly be the means we use to arrive at ‘the good stuff’ in the realm of creativity, in every medium. The “Beautiful Song of the Week” blog is an excellent example of this much-needed new function of the Internet.”  – Tom Mullaly, The Weblog Review

The short answer:

This blog is an attempt to list, in no particular order, the most beautiful music ever made. Any song, any genre, any era. Every week I will add a new beautiful song, accompanied by a brief explanation of why I’ve included it.

Think of it as a mixtape that’s never quite finished.


The long answer:

We all know that music can be beautiful, but music is so everywhere that sometimes we tune it out. It becomes part of the background noise of our lives. Not beautiful, not ugly, just there. In the supermarket. In the mall. In the car passing by on the street.

But occasionally you get the chance to actually listen to a song. Not just hear it, but listen to it. It could be a song that grabs you the first time you hear it, but more often it’s a song you’ve known for years. A song you thought you knew, but for whatever reason, this time it sounds different.

Maybe you weren’t ready to recognize its beauty before. Maybe you were distracted. But this time you really listen to it, and you re-discover just how beautiful it is.

That’s how the BSOTW list started.

In the spring of 2006, I was idly listening to Moby’s breakthrough album, “Play”, when track 6, a song called “Rushing”, came on. Surrounded on the album by more radio-friendly tracks that were released as singles and/or featured in commercials for years after the album’s release, “Rushing” had flown under my radar when I first bought the album seven years earlier.

I was so excited about rediscovering the song that I played it for my new girlfriend. It was kind of fun to take time out to be together and actively listen to a song, so I decided that every week I would find another beautiful song to play for her.

It didn’t take long to use up all the beautiful songs I already knew about, so I had to start looking for them. In the process I’ve discovered a lot of great bands and composers, past and present. It’s forced me to expand the range of music I listen to. We’ve done it every week since 2006 (she’s now my wife), and all these years later, it’s still a tradition that we both look forward to.

In 2010, she convinced me to start a blog about it.

Why? Partly because I love analyzing music. But mostly, my hope is that by sharing a song per week in a more public way, other people might take time out to re-listen to their favourite songs. Or maybe they’ll find something new. Or suggest something new to me.

Who knows. But it will probably be fun.

  1. Alyse
    December 24th, 2010 at 11:27 | #1

    Hello! I am enjoying your blog immensely. One of my favourite things is finding new music. Can I suggest something by Ani Difranco? Her music has been integral to my own spiritual growth. Perhaps “Gravel” or “School Night” or “Hypnotized” would be suitable. Or not, obviously it’s your call. :)

  2. Alina
    July 12th, 2012 at 00:59 | #2

    Wow that’s a very beautiful tradition you have going on there :) I enjoy your blog because you have got amazing taste in music, but now that I have read this, I can say we’re definitely on the same page.. I know exactly what you’re talking about with the re-discovering songs and actually listen to it :)

  3. Marie
    August 14th, 2012 at 08:52 | #3

    I’ve written to you once before and I have to do it again. Thank you for putting the effort into compiling this list, even though it was started just for you and your girlfriend. Your generosity in continuing to share it with all of us is so appreciated. You are a wonderful writer and your words make me want to listen to the music you recommend. Thanks!

    • admin
      August 15th, 2012 at 15:48 | #4

      Thanks…always great to know people are enjoying. And if you feel something’s missing from the list, don’t hesitate to email your suggestions.

  4. Theram
    February 1st, 2013 at 02:38 | #5

    Hi there ,I would like to uplode one of my songs on this blog,how do I go about it

    • admin
      February 1st, 2013 at 03:38 | #6

      Send me a link to your song; I’ll give it a listen, and if I like it, I’ll post it!

  5. April 4th, 2013 at 05:11 | #7

    Hi, Nice blog and lots of new music channels to explore so thanks for that.

    Theres so much I could add to this list, but heres 5 randoms you might like to consider if you havent already;

    M83 – Lots of stuff from them (particularly older stuff) ill let you find a favourite
    John Martyn – Small Hours or May you never – great live http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-gZns7fDSYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohuCRqwjm5o
    Kubb – made 1 album lots of great tracks but Chemical probably the one
    Com Truise – 80s inspired synth artist similar to Boards of Canada – this track appealed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxzSuhf9sP8&playnext=1&list=PL7BF0FA569CBAA3AB&feature=results_video
    Limbo Soundtrack – its a PC game – beautiful ambient soundtrack try this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdvJc0RNZc0&playnext=1&list=PL91AE78E49D692436&feature=results_video

    • admin
      April 7th, 2013 at 03:02 | #8

      Beauty…great suggestions, thanks!

  6. David A. Bernal
    May 19th, 2013 at 01:18 | #9

    FANTASTIC blog!!!

    I just discovered and spend the afternoon listening to your selection. Wonderful in any way. It would be nice if people can vote or share with this friends. Keep up this amazing work. Just LOVE it!

    • admin
      May 19th, 2013 at 22:38 | #10

      Cheers…thanks for reading/listening!

  7. September 7th, 2013 at 01:12 | #11

    We are two mates who have just finished making a record. We want as many people to listen to our music as possible and were wondering how we go about featuring on your blog?

    Regardless of whether we work together or not we would like to know what you think.

    Here is a link to our Soundcloud account:

    Hope you enjoy!

    Hugh and Allan
    The Art Of Amputation

  8. February 10th, 2014 at 14:33 | #12

    Nice blog, check my section of song of the week also (beginner). Any advice would be highly appreciated.

    • admin
      February 14th, 2014 at 04:08 | #13

      Nice! It’s hard to give advice because different things work for different people. The only thing I’d say is that because the interwebs are so filled with blogs (especially music blogs) you have to do something to give people that extra reason to read. Make it personal, or quirky, or intense, or…whatever works for you. Make the blog a magnification of what you consider to be the best part of your personality.

  9. Amiri Banks
    August 4th, 2014 at 06:48 | #14

    I really appreciate how universally you accept songs from ANY era and ANY genre. A true music lover with impeccable taste! As a fellow lover and sharer of music, I would love for you to, if you have the time and see this message, respond with your top 5 songs of all time. I make a hobby of delivering new music to people who I think would appreciate it- based on their tastes or the songs they suggest. If not, no worries. I’m wishing you happiness and positivity/beauty in your life, whoever you may be.

  10. jan
    August 11th, 2014 at 03:14 | #15

    can we also participate in this blog? I’d like to share ‘my song of the week’.

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