I’ve shared this song before, but in the last few days… I got it into my head again. I realized I had only posted it on the blog, but didn’t have it as part of my library on Spotify.
I was at a loss for something to post today, and went looking through my “unpublished” blog posts. Surprisingly, I have about 16 posts that I never quite got around to writing up… and this was one of them.
It’s funny at first. And after a while, it gets a little unbearable to watch. But push through to the end, as I think the whole experience is rather amazing.
I got into them when I was very young, high school I want to say. I remember putting my cassette of Facelift in my car, as I drove around Indianapolis. But Jar of Flies has a much more subdued feel to me. I can’t recall if this was made during the acoustic craze of the early 90’s, or just something the group did. But for whatever reason, I always think of Fall when I hear these songs.
What is it about me recognizing random people in videos? This is a worthless superpower.
I’m not quite looping it just yet, and not sure it will quite reach that status. But it just struck me as a super fun song. And that in and of itself seemed to make it worthy to pass along.
I was scrolling around over old artists I had in my Spotify library, and returned to The Decemberists – a group I hadn’t listened to in a long while. I mostly know their album “The King is Dead,” and have my favorites there. But I started to look around at some older stuff, and began listening to “The Crane Wife.”
I’ve enjoyed the album, but this track is one of my favorites. Best part is right after he sings “They keep holding me back all the time…” and the keyboards kick in. It’s fantastic.
This video has Hart and Segerman performing all the parts of a round, but presenting it in a single, continuous video that you can observe. Not only that, but multiple versions of each person exist (and interact with objects like sheet music and a hammer).
“You’re up against
too many horses
and mysterious forces”
“Remember when our songs were just like prayers.
Like gospel hymns that you called in the air.
Come down come down sweet reverence,
unto my simple house and ring…
The group has a large collection of videos posted on YouTube, and it’s worth checking out. I’m not sure what I love more – listening to the covers or watching the bassist and piano player really getting into each song.
I have to tell you – this is not the type of stuff I typically post on here. I remember seeing this video a long while ago, but rewatching again this past weekend… I found myself just mesmerized by it all over again. It was like the sun – I couldn’t look away.
There is most definitely a rising/falling thing that I find simply hypnotic. I’ve taken to not only listening to it while coding, but also on my walk to/from work. And it’s no exaggeration when I tell you that sometimes, as I’m walking… I’ll catch myself nodding my head in time to this tune.