Music and Lyrics

May 5, 2009 at 7:54 am | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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For a blog titled Lyrical Uncertainty, I don’t actually spend much time discussing music here, as was, I think, part of this blog’s original charter. Or, at least, the charter in my head.

I wish that I believed in fate

I wish I didn’t sleep so late

Part of it comes from the fact that by the time I usually feel like I’ve digested an album enough to write something about it, I get some new album that excites me even more but that I recognize, thankfully, I am not yet prepared to write something coherently about. Seriously, if I put up a post within the first week of purchasing most albums, I would end up recommending to you some very, very mediocre music.

I tremble

They’re gonna eat me alive

If I stumble

They’re gonna eat me alive

One might wonder why I would willingly listen to the mediocre music in the first place. I think that in reality, while I am a lover of music, I am actually more of a lover of lyrics (maybe that was this blog’s charter, I don’t know, it’s all a haze at this point). Which is why, I posit, I am sometimes able to listen to sub-par music if the singer in question says something smart or insightful or funny. And also why I always want to sleep at the symphony. I don’t know. Maybe I should try poetry.

And the wanting comes in waves

What I do know is that if I come across one of these lyrics, a lyric that tickles my metaphorical mental-bone in some way, that song is going on repeat for a long, long time. And if you are around me, in my office, or my car, or my home – you will be made to listen to this new song a lot. And for that, I do not apologize, because these lyrics are good and special and rare.

I don’t even know what I’m in the game for

I don’t even get your T-shirt’s pun

So, I think that what I’m going to do here, the new outlet I am choosing for this lyrical obsession, is to start including random song lyrics that I’ve recently heard into my blog posts. Yes, what I’m saying is that I am extending my lyrical obsession beyond the auditory, and will now present them to you textually. Which, I suppose, is better than sexually.

Because I don’t know you all that well.

Look what I figured out…

January 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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Actual music for my music posts. Things just got interesting…


October 16, 2008 at 8:28 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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The first single (“You are the Best Thing”) was good. Really good. Sadly, it kind of falls apart after that.

I wanted this album (Ray LaMontagne’s “Gossip in the Grain”) to be good so badly…and to be fair, it is. But in the end, it’s just not great.

Trouble,” my friends, was great. The first time I heard it was one of those rare moments in music when you know that a unique new talent has arrived. Every song on it is perfect. Start to finish. I have never played a song on this album for someone who didn’t instantly want to buy it for themselves. I simply cannot overhype it.

Ray’s¬†sophomore¬†album, as they tend to, slumped. There were one or two good tunes (Empty, Barfly, Three More Days), but it failed to hold up to the raw emotion of “Trouble.” The latest effort (out today) is a bit like that. I’ve found two or three well-constructed tunes, but it’s just not as strong. Don’t get me wrong – this album is better than 99% of the music you’ll find out there, but Mr. LaMontagne set the bar pretty high out of the gate. You simply can’t show up to your first date in a Maserati and come back the next two times in a Buick.

On a brighter note, The Decemberists put out a new EP today that is apparently the first in a series of three EP’s they’ll be releasing monthly through December (ha!). The first song on the track is entitled “Valerie Plame.” I’ve listened to it twice and I can’t stop smiling. It’s pitch perfect. My little iTunes feed on the right of the page here lists the Decemberists as one of my favorite bands and, you know what? Sure. I’ll buy that.

They’re my faves.

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