For the last week, I’ve been listening to the music of Birdie Busch, a Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter whose songs have had a surprising effect on me. Warm and comforting, her music exudes a casualness that will easily put its willing listener at ease with little effort.
Scheduled for released on February 21, 2006, Emily ‘Birdie’ Busch’s debut album, The Way We Try is a remarkably simple collection of songs that provide sweet, honest glimpses into relationships, emotions and every day observations on life, but is executed in such a lovely and timeless fashion.
Simply put, The Ways We Try is a classic album in a modern world.
Citing famous folksters like Paul Simon, Gillian Welch and Neil Young as her primary influences, Busch’s music fits well into their respective catalogues, but manages to sustain its own unique identity. With songs that range from the jaunty opening of ‘The Cup’ to the melodious piano and sway of ‘Room In The City,’ a listener will find themselves easily captivated by Busch’s pure voice and undeniable talent.
On her song ‘South Philly,’ Busch sings, “And all of these songs / They come from my heart / Do you think they’re a dead-end? / Do you think they’re a good start?”
A good start, most definitely.