A few events are happening this week that a couple of my friends have organised / are participating in. I’m hoping to go to both. And I thought to mention them for anyone who might be interested and near the respective areas.
Dirty Projectors – Keep Your Name
I love this song as much as I loved ‘Cool Your Heart’ when I first heard it. But I’m struggling with the Dirty Projectors new eponymously titled album. It’s just the kinda cold nature of the production on these two songs which attracts me to them I struggle with over the course of a whole album. We’ll see…
Bottomless Pit – Summerwind
Sometimes I realise there’s a band, or a musician, I’ve haven’t included on Going For A Song yet and I think, Paul, you really should have done so by now, put that right. And so I do.
This is Bottomless Pit, who I discovered a few years back thanks to Douglas Cowie and his Song of the Week blog post:
These guys are making rock music of real heart and real beauty and real intelligence, but also rock music that really rocks. Go! Buy this music!
I did. I recommend you do to.
Perhaps it is unremarkable but whenever I wake up of a morning feeling like Philip Larkin, I turn to his poetry which oddly dispels any such feelings I might have.
Maybe this is what it means then “to begin in the fuggy disappointed world of “Larkinland” and to end somewhere far removed”.
Dirty Projectors – Cool Your Heart
Anybody can sing about being happy in love. A great love song is not actually singing about being happy, they’re not the ones that sell. The biggest sellers are torch songs […] Even for people that are in happy relationships, there is something about these kinds of songs that produces longing. It’s melancholic. It produces something unique in the human psyche that touches us. We all long for something, we don’t know what it is, and this kind of music produces that. It’s not because it’s sad music either. People are happy in this particular feeling for some reason – Robin Gibb, The Bee Gees
All love songs must contain denude. For the love song is never truly happy – Nick Cave, Love Song Lecture
“Wanna be where you are / you’re the right one” – Dirty Projectors, ‘Cool Your Heart’
I’ve just finished reading volumes III and IV of Tristram Shandy. Towards the end of volume IV there’s a part about Grandmothers:
Forward 256 years, to Series 9 Episode 6 of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Bob Einstein tells a similar joke (around 12m05s).
Isn’t that great. For a joke to be able to survive that long there’s something to be said, I think, about the joke, about comedy, about us, etc. etc.