I get a laid back vibe from today, and so the song of the day is "Naked As We Came" by Iron and Wine.
Iron and Wine is the stage and recording name of one Samuel Beam, a man who has essentially perfected the role of folk rock singer-songwriter.
There are several connections to colleges that I'm connected to here.
Beam earned a bachelor's degree in art from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Many talented artists, such as my good friend James Dunay have done similar things at VCU.
Beam then got his MFA degree from the Florida State University film school. FSU is of course where good friend and frequent Stars & Slights reader Bobby West goes to school.
Prior to the release of the first Iron & Wine album, Beam made his living teaching as a professor of film and cinematography at the University of Miami and the Miami International University of Art and Design.
That's all quite the mouthful to say, "Sam Beam is smart and very talented". Also included in today's update is "Boy With a Coin" from Beam's most recent full-length album The Shepard's Dog. It's truly a must own. Great Stuff.