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“springtime and the promise of an open fist”

June 12, 2008

Mr. Ellis Hollow invited me into this internet music meme:
“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.”

It’s fun & timely because, since we were without a good way to listen to music out loud for 4.5 months, we just didn’t listen to much, and you don’t really walk around Nairobi with your iPod in your ears. So the music’s been playing on the mini-stereo the past 12 days. Comfort music. Lots of it.

Here are my 7 pretty predictable artists, in multimedia glory just because i CAN!

Love Song of the Buzzard by Iron and Wine
Last fall I was drenched in Resurrection Fern. Now it’s “springtime and the promise of an open fist, a tattoo of a flower on a broken wrist.” I listen, driving down country roads edged in Dame’s Rocket, and that buzzard sings to me.

Fuel for Fire by M. Ward
The first line of this song gave me chills when I first heard it, driving through a springtime Vegas morning 3 years ago. I heard him play it live in a quiet 2nd floor room on 6th Street in Austin a few weeks later, the night before my birthday. I played it for Diana the next day, and she didn’t say, “he’s weepy” like everyone says. She said, “it IS fuel for fire, isn’t it?” and she listened and she got it, because her heart is always on the line.

Goin’ to Acapulco by Bob Dylan as sung by Jim James in the film, I’m Not There.
This scene made me ridiculously happy. It still does.

Ring Them Bells by Bob Dylan as sung by Sufjan Stevens
From Bob’s more sacred side, sung sweetly as only Sufjan can. (again from the film)
(it’s a youtube link but it’s played to a still. do not adjust your monitor.)

We’re Not the Jet Set
by Iris Dement and John Prine
we’re the old Escort-Jetta set, but ain’t we got love!

That Teenage Feeling by Neko Case
because I think of a friend who lost her love but didn’t lose her life, and baby, she’s holding out.

Golden by My Morning Jacket (live version with Kathleen Edwards on backup)
“This is a tender song.” It fuels all my seasons, and it will be on any CD mix I ever make you.

As for tagging 7 others, I’m not palsy with too many bloggers, but Crafty , consider yourself invited. Anyone else up for the fun, just comment or shoot me a mail.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2008 4:06 am

    Hey Sweet Pea! I’ve never been tagged for a meme before and i’m strangely exited. This is a really good one. I’ll be gone for a few days but will try to get on this after Wednesday. Your songs look fabulous. Love your taste in music.


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