The most-played album for me in the past year has easily been For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver. In fact, it was my pick for best album of 2008 last year. It's just a great quiet introspective record and oh-so-'Sconnie to me .
Bon Iver's de-facto leader and Eau Claire native, Justin Vernon, is an unabashed lover of Wisconsin. Excerpted from a ExpressMilwaukee.com article on him:
“There are a billion things I love about the state,” he says. “The weather here is just perfect for me; I love the seasons. I think mostly it’s an untouched, untapped sort of natural habitat, with the North Woods, the lakes, the state forests and the river. It’s all really beautiful. I’ve been all over the world, and of course I’m biased, but I don’t want to be anywhere else but here … Wisconsin is just where I’m from; it’s given to me, and I feel I should give back to it.”
Makes me miss that great state a little bit more.
Click on the link above and read the entire article. And go spin For Emma.