Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Song in My Head

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Dawn clouds, Halloween 2006, Indigo Hill

You BOTB regulars know that these TSIMH entries come in fits and spurts.

Well today a song that I've heard bits of for much of the past year finally came home to roost.

We have satellite TV here in the country (our only option) and one of the side benefits to this is that we get XM Satellite Radio via our TV set. I hooked up an extra-long audio cable to our stereo so we can listen to it throughout the house. There are several times a day when one of us goes running into the living room to see the name of the song being played or the artist performing that song. The XM channel we listen to most often is "The Loft" and with the exception of the occasional slip into bad sugar pop (e.g.: Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl") the music they play is excellent.

Today's entry is a song I heard on "The Loft" last week. I was transported by what I heard. Of course, I navigated the digital ether to the iTunes store and bought it right away. Then I found out it was from Over the Rhine, an up-and-coming Ohio-based band.

So tonight The Song in My Head is:

by Over the Rhine
from their album "Drunkard's Prayer"

The song is simply written, with straight-ahead lyrics, and spare instrumentation. The female singer's voice (that's Karin Bergquist) is breathy and mesmerizing. The general theme of the song is something we can all relate to, at least those of us living here on this mortal coil.

I was born to laugh
I learned to laugh through my tears
I was born to love
I'm gonna learn to love without fear

Pour me a glass of wine
talk late into the night
who knows what we'll find

Check it out. Highly recommended ear candy.


On November 1, 2006 at 10:39 AM Julie Zickefoose said...

Not just loving a song, but contemplating working it up and performing it with you...the sweetest thing of all. Sure beats krokey.

On November 1, 2006 at 6:48 PM Anonymous said...

BOTB. You have a splendid ear for choosing really good tunes. And for "feeling" what the song is getting at.
Thanks for sharing your picks with the world!

On November 1, 2006 at 11:24 PM Anonymous said...


I have NEVER played "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel. I do play some Billy Joel but have never under any circumstance played that song. Glad you like the station.


Mike Marrone
Program Director
The Loft

On November 2, 2006 at 6:28 AM Anonymous said...

how funny is THAT?!

On November 2, 2006 at 9:47 AM Bill of the Birds said...

Wow Mike!

Seeing your comment here almost gave me a heart attack-ack-ack-ack!

Appreciate your interest in setting the record straight.

While I've got your 'ear' could I ask a favor? Would you consider banning John Melon Cougarcamp's "Jack and Diane" from "The Loft's" playlists? If I hear that diminutive Hoosier speak/sing "Lil ditty, 'bout Jack and Di-yann" one more time, I'll need to seek professional help.

Really dig nearly everything you guys play. Keep up the good work!

On November 2, 2006 at 9:48 AM Liza Lee Miller said...

Yup, I always like your picks and always have trouble with them. I go quickly to iTunes, listen to a sample, and then try to buy it. The last one was only available in England not the US through iTunes and this one is available in France but not the US through iTunes. How annoying is that? Sigh. I finally did get the last one and I'm sure this one will eventually be available too. I just have to practice patience!

On November 2, 2006 at 9:54 AM Bill of the Birds said...


I went back yesterday and bought the whole "Drunkard's Prayer" album with no problem. Hmm...

Try going back again. I noticed that there was an iTunes software update last night, so perhaps that's caused a small conflict.

The album is really worth it. It's vying with a couple of others for my fave album of the year.

On November 2, 2006 at 10:09 AM Kristen said...

So if you love OTR, you should also check out "Eddie from Ohio"...seems appropriate, anyway. I too love "The Loft" when I'm not listening to Pandora.

On November 2, 2006 at 10:11 AM Kristen said...

sorry...I got tricked again by blogger. Didn't mean to double-post (now triple)

On November 2, 2006 at 10:11 AM Kristen said...

If you love OTR, then you should check out "Eddie from Ohio"...seems appropriate, anyway. I think that they get airtime on "The Loft" too (also my fav XM station...when I'm not listening to Pandora).

On November 2, 2006 at 8:37 PM Lil' Bastard said...

Kristen: Upping the comment count...goooood. Big numbers are nice numbers.

On November 3, 2006 at 8:41 PM Me said...

Hey Willy T - the words from TSIMH speak lound and clear to me -listening to Lucinda Williams today and thinking of you.