One of the great things about encountering new musicians is encountering their friends, who are often also great musicians. I can't tell you how many bands I have posted about here that I have come across through links from musicians I was already enjoying. It says a lot to me when a musician that I love gives an endorsement to another musician. Such is the case with the subject of today's post: William Fitzsimmons. His musical friend Ingrid Michaelson has "long" been a favorite of mine (okay, so maybe not as long as I'd like to pretend), and her MySpace page referred me to him.
My bro William is a folk artist of the non-garden variety. If you're already seeing flags because he's another folk musician (I know I'm on a roll), then please bear with me for just one more! William's music definitely has a DIY quality that can be decieving at moments, because an honest listen to any song will show you just how professional he is, all the while making you feel like you must be sitting outside in a cirlce listening to one of your extremely talented friends. Intimate. Though it's a word that others may overuse, I challenge you to find more than one or two instances of me ever using it. I don't use it lightly or flippantly. It's very accessable music, at it's heart, which is very important in the folk genre.
After grabbing the free download below, head over to William's MySpace page to hear 4 more songs you're sure to enjoy just as much. I've thrown in a live track from Sia, singing "Breathe" on KCRW, which is probably the best version of the song you can hope to find, ever! It's been in my head for a while, so I had to share.
William Fitzsimmons - Shattered.mp3
Sia - Breathe (Live on KCRW).mp3
Download William's CD, Until We Are Ghosts
William Fitzsimmons' MySpace Page