Hawksley Workman.  "Ground We Stand On". Meat.  Isadora, 2010. Heard a newer (better) version of this track on Radio 2 Morning today.  Something to look forward to come January. And no, your eyes do not deceive you: this song is from the future.

OneRepublic. “Good Life”.  Waking Up. Interscope, 2009. This album is fantastic.  Decidedly optimistic, but in this case, that’s a good thing.