New Appreciation for “Alternative Music”: Sleepyheart’s “Just Friends”

October 29, 2017

New Appreciation for “Alternative Music”: Sleepyheart’s “Just Friends”


Dear readers, y’all know I love music -all kinds of music – but I’m the most partial to jazz that is composed or played by my son, our Musical Millennial. I’ve shared his stuff here fairly often, and there’s a ton more to come as he makes his way through the rest of his college career studying Jazz Composition at the University of Texas at Austin and gets out into the big world. Watch this space – he’s going places! (I’m his mom and I can say that, right?)

But my son’s is not the only millennial-made music we’re watching. Here’s another for you: Sleepyheart, the creation of Nathaniel James Goldblatt. We bought a copy of the CD a few weeks ago and I finally had a quiet moment to listen to it (see photo below with the cat).  I really like it! The music genre is “alternative,” which I’ve never really embraced as a category because it is so broad and vague, and I’ll admit, there’s just too much going on in the songs for me to feel anything but edgy. But wow, I must have that genre all wrong, because this music is very listenable and accessible, with meaningful lyrics and well-crafted melodies that are lilting in some places and contemplative in others. There is a balance of energetic layers of sound and quiet spaces with just guitar rhythms that give you time to let the meaning sink in. In other words: I like it! I have a new appreciation for alternative music.

Nathaniel Autographing CD
Nathaniel of Sleepyheart autographing our copy of the CD “Just Friends”

Check out a video of the song “Sorry” from Sleepyheart’s Facebook page and let me know what you think. (I think it’s lovely.)


Photo from a recent gig at the hip and cool Root Cellar Bakery in San Marcos by Christian Hume Photography 

I listened to Just Friends again while writing this post, and realized that I should always listen to music when blogging. It really sets the mood. The CD was also very complementary to the mood the first time I listened to it, by the pool, in beautiful fall weather, with a glass of wine and a good book. And my cat Fiona.


Check out Sleepyheart’s Just Friends EP online at:

Our signed copy

Just a reminder – recommendations are my opinion only…the Glover Gardens Cookbook is a non-commercial enterprise and doesn’t do paid promotions.

Copyright 2017, Glover Gardens Cookbook

Cover photo credits to Christian Hume Photography 



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