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Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.

12/30/2016 Song of the Day: Wilco “Ashes of American Flags”

December 30, 2016

Wilco – Ashes of American Flags

This song gained a lot of notoriety and prominence when it was released in April of 2002. Mainly because of its title. This song was written before 9/11, but not released until after, so the imagery was unintentional. This song is about dreams versus reality. Wonderful imagery, along with a dry melancholy make this a stand-out song on a stand-out album.

The cash machine is blue and green
For a hundred in twenties and a small service fee
I could spend three dollars and sixty-three cents
On Diet Coca-Cola and unlit cigarettes
I wonder why we listen to poets when nobody gives a fuck
How hot and sorrowful, this machine begs for luck

 

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.


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12/29/2016 Song of the Day: Fugazi “Two Beats Off”

December 29, 2016

Fugazi – Two Beats Off

I cut my nails to the quick
But still i was caught with my hand in the till
Red-handed.
Give me something,
Give me anything
The threat of everything is when it becomes nothing at all
Fingers reaching, trophy swelling
That’s when desire trips me up.
Got a new technique money let’s the pieces fit where they fall.
Privilege – it sanctions everything.
Security – a net under it all.
My fingers reaching, the trophy swelling
That’s when desire trips me up.
I cut my nails to the quick
But still I was caught with my hand in the till.
Red-handed

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.


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12/28/2016 Song of the Day: Jets To Brazil “King Medicine”

December 28, 2016

Jets To Brazil – King Medicine

Over the years there have been hundreds of songs about addiction and drug abuse. King Medicine, another Blake Schwarzenbach song, is one of these. This is not exclusively about illegal drugs, but big pharma drug abuse as well.  Unlike most songs about drugs, either pro or against, Blakes lyrics tackle the reason people drug themselves in the first place. This is a song told from the point of view of a friend watching someone he cares about go down the dark path of addiction. This is one my favorite songs, off of one of my favorite albums.

You’re such a willing stick to beckon the wanting knife
And you’ve been looking for it, the right blade, all your life
Saying who’s gonna cut me down to a size that suits me?
Is there a worthy sculptor among all you fine young knives?

Now you’re selling off the house so you can buy the farm
You cut that heart out from your chest to let the light in through your arm
Tell me how you do that crazy trick where you walk around asleep
Save it for your doctor friend, the one who keeps you under lock and key

Foul weather friend, you are so dying
An amateur chemist now
King medicine, when is it perfect?
Where is it leading you?

There is no cure, only reprieve
Some fleeting joy posing as balance
Nothing is sure, so every four hours
King medicine, this subject loves you

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.


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12/27/2016 Song of the Day: Elliott Smith “Can’t Make A Sound”

December 27, 2016

Elliott Smith – Can’t Make A Sound

Elliott Smith is one of my favorite artists. His songs are packed full of emotion and meaning. Lyrics that are cryptic yet clear and chock full of imagery. A reluctant star. He could play every instrument and did on most of his albums. This song was on his last album, not counting those released posthumously. It appears to be a song about his newfound fame and popularity. A song about an artist drifting from place to place. A clown, who became a reluctant hero. A hero trapped in a role he can’t stop. Not understanding why people look up to him. Tremendous pressure on the hero that he can’t make a sound, without disappointing someone.

The slow motion moves me
The monologue means nothing to me    

Bored in the role, but he can’t stop
Standing up to sit back down
Or lose the one thing found
Spinning the world like a toy top
‘Til there’s a ghost in every town
Can’t make a sound

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.


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12/26/2016 Song of the Day: The Velvet Underground “Oh Sweet Nuthin”

December 26, 2016

The Velvet Underground – Oh Sweet Nuthin

 

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.


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12/23/2016 Song of the Day: New Edition “Singing Merry Christmas”

December 23, 2016

New Edition – Singing Merry Christmas

I cheated. Instead of shuffling my whole library, I shuffled the Genre ‘Holiday’. It’s Christmas. Happy Holidays.

New Edition. My favorite group from about 4th grade to 6th. If there is one group or band that I hear, that instantly hits me with a bout of nostalgia, it’s New Edition. Their Christmas album is still one of my favorites. Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, and Ralph, Singing Merry Christmas.

Another time of year has come
To be loved in a special way
We will try to do what’s right
On this very Merry Christmas day

Candles burning
Children singing goodnight
There’s no worries
Because Santa’s on his way

So Merry Christmas to you
Merry Christmas to all who share on Christmas day
Merry Christmas to you
Singing Merry Christmas

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.


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