Hello from the other side


Don’t know if this will work, but I had to find it online.  On Wednesday’s Rachel Maddow Show, she had a segment about constituents wanting to meet with their congressmen/senators.  In one pictures, she pointed out a person holding up Adele lyrics…

Hello from the other side…i must have called about a thousand times…


It was 20 years ago today….February 1997

White Town:  Women In Technology

Let’s face it, if you’ve ever even heard of the band White Town, it’s for their only hit, which came from Women In Technology.  The song is titled “Your Woman” and when it came out in 1997, it sounded utterly unlike anything else on alternative radio, and for two reasons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVL-zZnD3VU (link doesn’t seem to pop up youtube video, sorry)

First, the “hook” of the song is a sample of an old jazz tune, which puts it out of sync with guitar based rock music.  The sample comes from Al Bowlly’s “My Woman”.

From the town of “My Woman”, the White Town song almost seems like a response to the track, proclaiming that “I could never be your woman”.

Which brings me to the second thing that made the song sound unlike other songs on the radio…the fact that the song is sung my a clearly masculine voice.  White Town’s only member is Jyoti Mishra, and he has explained this fact by stating that the song is supposed to be interpreted through several lenses:  that of a gay man in love with a hererosexual man, that of a man in love with a lesbian (which is how i see the song), and that of a man in love with a lying Marxist.  Really, all three perspectives work.

Before I leave, I’m going to try and give a link that actually shows the video in my review.

Jyoti continues to perform as White Town, having released an album as recently as 2011.  The latest single, “Oh, David”, was apparently released in November 2016.

Happy Birthday, Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain would have been 50 today.  His daughter posted this note to him on Instagram:  http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/9FBD/production/_94739804_francesbeaninsta.jpg

To celebrate, I made a playlist of my 50 favorite songs Kurt was involved with, from his first experiments with music through the final known recordings.  Here’s a highlight from each era.



post-“Bleach”, pre-“Nevermind”


post-“Nevermind” fame

“In Utero”

post-“In Utero”

Happy birthday, Kurt.  In 23 years, there’s not been another quite like you.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mount Eerie has set the bar for best song of 2017

Anacortes, WA musician Phil Elverum, AKA Mount Eerie, has just released a single about the process of grief he experienced surrounding his wife’s death.

She died in July 2016 of inoperable pancreatic cancer, and the 6+ minute song just released tells the story of their life together, his thoughts after her death, and also features video footage of her.

Fuck cancer, y’all.



To all other artists releasing 2017, consider yourselves warned.  The bar has been set.

I’m So Tired

So, when I’m singing babies to sleep, in addition to some standby lullabies, I also sing some more contemporary songs.

One of those is “I’m So Tired” by The Beatles.  The other day, I was working on getting a baby ready for bed time and Pandora was playing my Beatles station.  The baby was crying and upset and basically telling me that they wanted a bottle and bed 5 minutes ago.

Anyway, when the song came on, they stopped crying…  It’s as though they understood that it was time for bed and all was right because they were hearing a ‘go to bed’ song.

Made me feel like I’m doing something right with them.