2020 was an awful year far beyond the cancellation of concerts across the globe. Far worse things are happening in the world than not being able to attend a show. Nonetheless, the live concert experience was deeply missed this year. It’s one of the great escapes and one of the most joyful ways to bond with friends or strangers.
With the year soon finally coming to an end, it’s time for a holiday gift. Today, we’re thinking about music fans.
Music helped get many through this rough year. With the holiday season coming up, maybe cheer up some of those music fans with a music-themed gift. Now that it’s December, consider a few of these albums and books to give to a family member or friend.
Here is Grit Daily’s holiday gift guide for music fans:
“Creative Quest” (Questlove)
The co-founder and drummer of The Roots, Questlove, has written several books. “Creative Quest” is his exploration of creativity, based on his own career and the careers of those he admires. It’s about process, mentors, and everything else that goes into the stew of creating something. “Creative Quest” is a great gift for anyone seeking a little more creativity in their lives.
“Do You Feel Like I Do?” (Peter Frampton)
Rock legend Peter Frampton, who’s behind the highest-selling live album of all time, has put his life on paper in his charming memoir. Frampton’s story is a low-key epic without any self-aggrandizing, which runs amok in most rocker memoirs. There’s a gracefulness and kindness to Frampton’s story, although it has its dark chapters. It’s a rock solid memoir that, from beginning to end, is a lively journey. Few rocker memoirs portray childhoods and parents that are every bit as fascinating as the career highs, but from the beginning, Frampton lived a grand life. “Do You Feel Like I Do?” is a great gift for dad.
“How Music Works” (David Byrne)
2019-2020 has been a career highlight for David Byrne, the frontman and co-founder of The Talking Heads. Throughout Byrne’s career, he’s been experimenting with quality music and testing deep waters, but he exploded into pop culture again with “American Utopia. It was his first solo album in years, his dazzling tour which became an HBO special directed by Spike Lee, a hit on Broadway show, and a book. Byrne is at the top of his game right now. To go back in time, consider “How Music Works” for Byrne or music fans. It’s a bit of a memoir but more like a history book on music written by the coolest professors walking the Earth.
“How to Write One Song” (Jeff Tweedy)
Here’s another book in which you don’t need to even know the author to appreciate the quick and inspiring read. Tweedy, who’s best known for Wilco, takes fans behind-the-scenes of his creative process and encourages them to take even the slightest sliver of time out of the day to create. He writes about the personal benefits of jotting down a song, and good or bad, the high that follows. “How to Write One Song” is a nice, low-key guide for creatives, not only aspiring songwriters.
“More Myself: A Journey” (Alicia Keys)
The world of Alicia Keys is full of love. When you listen to her albums or words, the beauty on the surface and underneath is infectious. Keys creates such a pleasant, feel-good space with her inspiring work, including her latest album and co-authored book, “More Myself: A Journey.” It’s best to gift the audiobook to any Keys fan in your life. The artist plays music between chapters and narrates her journey along with other musicians. It’s a blissful listen.
Ordinary Man (Ozzy Osbourne)
What may very well be Ozzy Osbourne’s final album is a great ending to one wild career and life in music. Themes of regret, death, pain and acceptance define the album. If “Ordinary Man” is Ozzy’s last album, it’s a swan song that both rocks and moves. For any rock fan in your life, consider “Ordinary Man” on vinyl for the holidays.
SAWAYAMA (Rina Sawayama)
Perhaps the debut album of the year. Rina Sawayama and her team crafted an album that’s wide-ranging but laser-focused. It’s such a full, genre-hopping album that could appeal to a variety of music fans. Sawayama is on the rise, and it’s best to get on the train early. Elton John has called this debut album one of the best records of the year, and he couldn’t be more correct. It only takes one listen for Sawayama’s music to never leave your brain.
Stubhub Gift Card
Concerts are missed. 2020 wasn’t the same without them. Due to the pandemic, the live music experience was canceled. Ideally, by the end of next summer or next fall, music fans will once again gather safely for live experiences. Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said filling stadiums is possible by the end of next summer, so later next year, we could all be singing, drinking, dancing, or listening peacefully together to live-music. If you want to give the hardcore concert goer in your family something to look forward to in 2021, consider a Stubhub gift card.
Stay tuned for another upcoming holiday gift guide.