Sunday, March 22, 2009

Not knowing

As things have begun to warm up here in Philly the signs of Spring are v. noticeable; water ice has reappeared, as have short sleeves and skirts not to mention the option for outdoor dining and once again relying on mah bike Finn to get me everywhere. And while no one is more excited to put away the coat, break out the picnic blanket and usher in the inevitably balls hot sweaty summer heat than this girl I feel as though there needs to be a momentary pause to reflect on the chaos and change that this winter represented for so many. More than any other time in my life has change been so pervasive in everyone's lives. It has taken all forms good, bad, tragic, surprising, hopeful and revelatory but that's the way we evolve right? Pushing through each with our own degree of grace, self awareness and humor. Spring sets the perfect stage for paying our lessons forward, licking wounds, exploring new potential and saying fuck it to the obvious path and "yes please" to new adventures.

The soundtrack for this you ask? Well that's kinda up to you since you're all captains of your own ships (as my dad would say) but I'll get you started...

Dan Auerbach -When The Night Comes
Pausingly beautiful. Auerbach is the lead singer for the Black Keys, an excellent group in their own right so it should come as no surprise that his solo is as complex and carefully crafted as his recent release I Keep It Hid. This song speaks to my heads tendency to run amok at night and the need to put effort into calming my thoughts down or knowing who I can rely on to help with the effort.

Guillemots - Trains To Brazil (acoustic)
I adore the Guillemots. Their music is honest and varies enough to touch on a number of soundtrack moments (which is why they've been TV soundtrack friendly for a while now). The album version of this song is grand but I really like this pared down version. Mostly because it plays up their ability to craft a good lyric.

The Weepies - Can't Go Back Now
Another group you've heard on any number of TV shows. I was v. pleased when they started to get much deserved attention. This song is unabashedly on the feel good song but there's nothing wrong with that is there?

Innercity Pirates- Companimals
I just discovered this indie punk/pop gang from the UK. They are cheeky and irreverent and all in all a good time for the ears. They are charging through the blogosphere right now and I'm happy to join the pack. This song seemed particularly appropriate for this post. We are all a spot improved by a little companimal action, especially with sprinkles.

Ben Gibbard feat Jenny Lewis - Nothing Better
The original is fantastic but the addition of Ms. Lewis' fine vocals gives it a much appreciated softness. The crowd noise is a lil distracting but if you just listen to the lyrics and embrace the spirit of the moment it'll do its thing.

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
- Gildna Radner

1 comment:

Capt. Hubbard said...

Hopefully Dan Auerbach will get the credit he deserves for his work of genius "Keep it Hid". If you love Dan check out Johnathan Appleseed