Quiet and Cold

A delicate acoustic exploration of sad, contemplative singers and their guitars

The sunset peeking over the hills of Mexico in Red Dead Redemption.
The sunset peeking over the hills of Mexico in Red Dead Redemption.

To get me through this long cold Northwestern winter, I put together a list of a few songs that call to mind a warm campfire on summer night. Fingerpicked on acoustic guitar primarily, these songs run the gamut from the plaintive desperation of Elliot Smith, famed Portland musician, to classic acoustic country-tinged contemporary guitarists like Iron & Wine and Josh Ritter and gravel-toned rocker Eddie Vedder.

The playlist kicks off with an absolute gem from Jose Gonzalez, which I associate with the Western classic video game Red Dead Redemption. Imagine riding your horse into Mexico for the first time, an unknown in a foreign country, the sun setting over the rolling hills and windswept deserts, and this song springs into your ears. It is an unforgettable moment in a classic game, and rightfully sets the tone for the finger-picked brilliance that follows. Let the warm-glow of the imaginary campfire wash over you, and enjoy!

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