Saturday, January 30, 2016

Songs I Love in 88 Words or Less: “Over the River”

“Over the River,” The High Llamas

Number 2 in a new series, this instrumental is like mainlining emotion, sad and sweet, tho some jerk on Amazon called it “kitschy.”

Is that a bird I heard? Yes, yes, a little brown one dressed in houndstooth decoupage, wandering forlornly through a crackly film strip on the wintry day his best friend moved away… On the path he finds a stray piece of yarn, rusty orange like a secret patch on a magical calico cat, leading him home.

True fact: This song is played by a quintet of chickadees who talked incessantly during the recording, their blip-chirps and tweet-beats perching like arpeggios on the sheet music they pretended to follow.

Oh yes, I’ve used this song here before.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Songs I Love in 88 Words or Less: "Rock And Roll"

One of my goals for 2016 is to write more in my little blog, so I’m gonna make it as easy as possible on myself—twice a month I will write 88 words or less, kinda poem-y, about a song that is stuck in my head and bones and brain forever. Like you know how each one of our cells is a room with its own world going on inside it? Well, there’s a turntable in one of the rooms, with a stack of scratchy 45s that get played over and over. In this series, I'll share what’s in my stack : )

"Rock And Roll," The Velvet Underground

The guitars! They’re like the morning sun shining on icicles…glittering shards from a half-frozen lake served up in a cup by a bearded lady. Wait and the light hits right, again and again…and you feel so good, so good.


And then, when you’re not expecting it, Lou takes a breath and lets Foghorn Leghorn’s big-hearted funky, junkie cousin step up to the mike and feel that “fine, fine” music….

When people ask, “Stones or Beatles,” sometimes I say Kinks, and maybe what I really mean is Velvets.

P.S. Here it is:

And P.S.S. This song showed up on this blog once before.