I went through an intense cycle of only listening to soft indie music throughout the the first half of my high school career, and William Fitzsimmons’ songs were at the top of my playlists. I would only listen to his music in rotation with Sleeping At Last, Daughter, A Fine Frenzy, and Damien Rice as I embraced my angsty need for romance that I felt only these musicians could understand. Let’s imagine together: Noelle at 14 wearing only black always, ogling over all of the beautiful older high school boys, poorly adjusting to a freshman year schedule. That was my peak indie music phase where I chose my favorite songs based on how easily they could make me cry (I’ve tried to not be this weird anymore but alas, I am what I am). William Fitzsimmons was popular long before I discovered his music in the early days of Pandora (showing my age), and his 2008 album “The Sparrow and the Crow” is still one of my all-time favorite albums. I recently rediscovered his discography and have listened to it on repeat while I procrastinate on my homework and ultimately stay up until 6 am writing and editing. I’m no longer that angsty about needing love (I prefer the alternative of hating the idea/sentiment unless I’m reading/watching Call Me By Your Name or Moonlight) but I’ve been reminded of how much I adore this album and all of William Fitzsimmons’ music in general. His voice is like butter and his lyrics hit all of the small soft spots in my heart that I normally fill with ice cream and angry tweets. Here are some of my favorite pieces from “The Sparrow and the Crow” and his other albums that played in the background of my early high school days and that now help me work through the remainder of my time in college.
Please Don’t Go
I Don’t Feel it Anymore (Song of the Sparrow)
If You Would Come Back Home
They’ll Never Take the Good Years
Just Not Each Other
The Tide Pulls from the Moon