Music Monday: Ocean Music


Editor’s Note: Please welcome Nate Fritts to the Lacrosse All Stars! This isn’t his first time on the site of course, we had the pleasure of meeting Nate on the Rhino Lacrosse Camp Tour a couple summers back. Nate hails from Portland, Oregon, played at Bowdoin College (NESCAC) in Maine, and now resides in Boston, MA where he researches concussions and brain diseases when he’s not laxing.

With summer well underway, we wanted to up your weekly dosage of music, so we decided to double our music offering to you. Each Monday, Michael Allen will take the morning detail, and Nate Fritts will continue to knock out the night hours… and sometimes Tuesday morning. Everybody wins! Check out all the Music Monday posts here!

Today on LAS, we are introducing you to a medley of relaxing, kickback beach music. I’m writing from the beautiful San Juan Islands in Washington, where I’ve been laying back, watching the glassy water, and listening to tunes like this all week. None of these songs or artists are new, but I did not learn of these guys until a few years back. Hopefully, you have had the fortune of hearing one or all of these artists before and if you haven’t, you are in for a treat.

Alexi Murdoch – “All My Days”

Alexi  Murdoch is one of my favorite singer/songwriters who hails from Britain, though he has lived all over Europe and the United States. I first heard “All My Days” on a bus trip in college that led me to explore the rest of his music. You may have heard this song featured on one of Sprint’s recent TV commercials and wondered who it was. This song is just one of Murdoch’s that could have made this beach music playlist and should not be the only one you listen to at home.

Xavier Rudd – “Better People”

I first heard of the Australian-born Xavier Rudd while studying abroad Down Under. He is an excellent and relaxing singer/songwriter but is also known for his wild live performances, where he typically plays more instruments that you knew existed (including didgeridoos, slide guitars, dobros, etc.). Although he has also created a lot of good beach music, “Better People” is just one that stood out that had a little more liveliness to it that would balance this short playlist.

John Butler Trio – “Losing You”

John Butler is an American-born Australian artist that writes both folky guitar picking songs (like “Losing You”) and jam band music that he performs with the John Butler Trio. Like Alexi Murdoch, I also learned of John Butler from a friend in college. It was a late night and a bunch of us were hanging out in our apartment when someone put on the video of “Ocean” (posted below). That video blew me away and immediately turned me into a JBT fan. Hopefully, it will do  the same for you.

BONUS: John Butler – “Ocean (Live at Federation Square)”