Friday, April 27, 2007

The Song in My Head

Friday, April 27, 2007
5 comments

Is it too early to start thinking about summer? I hope not. Because I'm listening holes in a new song about summer from a newish (to me) band called The Decemberists.

I first heard about The Decemberists from my sister Laura, who has great taste in music. So when I read all the raves about the band's album called The Crane Wife, I paid attention. Last month I finally downloaded the album from the iTunes store.

Yes, I'm pleased to report, The Crane Wife lives up to its hype.

This band reminds me of The Band, and of CSNY, and of much of the great melodic, non-formulaic music I've always loved. I'm drawn to music that has layers of meaning and melody, like peeling an onion. And in this way, The Decemberists could be called The Onionists. Their songs are like epic dramas--every one telling a whole story with full character development.

Today, The Song in My Head, is:
Summersong
by The Decemberists

from their album
The Crane Wife

There's a guitar/melodion riff at the start of Summersong that is reminiscent of the famous guitar riff in Breakdown by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This made me love it on first listen.

The instrumentation in Summersong is fab. The arrangement of the song is strong to the point of being Beatles-esque. The tempo lilting. The lyrics are fascinating and deep.
The vocals are alluring. All in all one great song. Go here to learn about the band, and to listen to their online jukebox.

Give The Decemberists a try. I know I'll be listening to them all year long--not just in December.

5 comments:

On April 27, 2007 at 10:41 PM Susan Gets Native said...

Good grief, Bill. Can we adjust to spring first?
:)

I like to read your "Song in my Head" posts. Since having kids, I have somehow become disconnected from good, new music.
I loved that pic of Phoebe...the definition of freedom.

On April 28, 2007 at 6:15 PM edit2 said...

Amazing shot of Phoebe—great composition. Such abandon; balanced somewhere between child/woman; so unaware of the camera. Milky skin and flaming hair against all that new green—a shot in a million, BT3.

On April 29, 2007 at 12:27 AM Dawn said...

what she said ^^^ wow!

On April 30, 2007 at 9:19 AM Andy said...

Hi Bill -

Be absolutely sure to check out their 20 minute epic "The Tain" - a stellar piece of music.

http://www.amazon.com/Tain-Decemberists/dp/B0009VNCXW/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-9550607-1881709?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1177939093&sr=8-1

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