Monthly Archives: May 2012

“from now on I will be perfectly clear”

I listened to a brand new album! Mount Eerie’s Clear Moon came out on Monday and I’ve been listening and I think its really special. Like Phil Elverum’s other work, its very atmospheric and distinctive. I think the restraint in … Continue reading

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influence and autobiography

Yesteday I read this lecture by Jonathan Franzen which is all about the business of writing a novel. It was really interesting and made me think about the similarities between writing a novel and a song. Maybe this sounds ridiculous … Continue reading

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on classics

Last weekend I acquired two new albums. Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours.┬áBoth have been very enjoyable and have made me think about lots of things. The album sleeve for She’s So Unusual is incredible and the … Continue reading

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Arc of a love affair

This week I have been mostly listening to Hearts and Bones by Paul Simon. I can’t believe I’ve spent so much time listening to Graceland and not this. This album is so brilliant. It is Paul Simon at his best, … Continue reading

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i can only speak my mind

I think writing about my Grandparents is hard, but I think writing about my parents is pretty impossible. But so many people have done it! The first song that springs to mind is obviously Mama by The Spice Girls. I … Continue reading

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I will remember you

It is so hard to write songs about your family. There are some really incredible songwriters in the world who have expressed their feelings for various family members in beautiful and powerful ways. I am not one of them. I … Continue reading

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“If I bought it please don’t touch

I’ve talked about love songs here so it seems natural now to move on to another quintessential song topic – the break up. There is so much you could say about break up songs, there are infinite ways of expressing … Continue reading

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