Bumping To The Poetic Strums Of Tom Misch

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
― J.K. Rowling

I fall in love, head over heels, truly madly deeply savage garden style with music but it’s as rare as comets. I’m never one to seek it out. As a steady enneagram 4 romancer, I love the sudden arrest and surprise of new music. Like that time I was watching Jane the Virgin season 2 episode 4 and at a perfectly timed moment, the perfect song played – Natalie Taylor’s Surrender. And in that moment, that song became a memory that wisped itself into the corners of my heart. It warmed my heart to a character I wasn’t fond of and gave me the perfect image and words to making peace with my husband when we sparked.

Or that time I was sucked into the beautiful rabbit hole that is Glen Hansard. How it all started with Swell Season’s Falling Slowly and before you know it, God used Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting to show me the heart of my forever guy and the need to show myself, my open beating heart to him and tell him how I loved him, secretly but ever so deeply.

Music has been the constant nuance and catalogue of my life. Pick a year or a season of my life and I will instantly flip a page to the mixtape that chronicled it.

I’m much like that. And my latest find is Tom Misch courtesy of his NPR Tiny desk concert.

Yes, yes. I’m more than late to the party. I know. But this isn’t easy listening for me. I’m carrying this the rest of my life. I suppose I’m intense like that. If a song enters my heart, I kind of build a palace for it and that’s that.

So 2 weeks in, his guitar strums coaxing me in and out of sleep like clockwork, and a bunch of songs sorted through, I’ve concluded that these are my favourite Tom Misch finds (in no particular order). These are the ones that made it to my volt in a manner of speaking 🙂

I Wish

There’s something broody and reminiscent about this tune that feels like a quest to make sense of things and I love that. Those strums keep playing in my head and seem to come up when I’m considering unresolved aspects of my life, sort of like giving words to my unspokens. It was birthed from a break up so that explains a lot.

Water Baby

‘Cause I was born a water baby
Swimming with these times
The grooves that turn the grey to sunshine
‘Cause I will live through days that break me
Swimming with these times
The grooves that turn the grey to sunshine

Pushing past and defying odds. It’s a rose growing from concrete and it’s why I love this tune.

South Of The River

I love the tempo and good vibes this song carries. I can groove to it and when I’m not, it paints a picture of green meadows and freedom. It’s my go-to funky music for my commute right along with Tieks – Sunshine by Sausage Dogs.


Without a doubt, this is my favourite of his songs and it’s the one I’ve replayed at least 3 or 5 times a day. His strums, the story, the lyricism and his guitar prowess. It not only feels like a movie, but it’s exactly what college-me would be singing out loud during a heartbreak alongside classics from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours Album (introduced to me by Glee season 2 episode 19 – my favourite – back in Uni) and Peter Bjorn and John (whose music I sought out after hearing the theme song for 2 Broke Girls. I quit the show but not them).

I sing it now because it carries longing so well, with a tinge of hope and a generous serving of imagery with each sentence. I can’t stop singing it. Just can’t.

Now that I’m done fangirling, and if you’ve clicked my highlighted links you get my kind of music, anything you think I’d like that you’re bumping to? If I like it, you know it’s going straight to the volt.

Let me know 🙂


  • Reply
    Robbie Omol
    July 16, 2018 at 9:28 am

    This guy has the best read/work music.
    I’m just glad.

    • Reply
      July 17, 2018 at 10:39 am


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