Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Song in My Head

La Cienega Just Smiled
by Ryan Adams
from the album "Gold"


Whenever I'm prepping for a show, I find much inspirato from listening to music by my favorite artists. Ryan Adams moved to the top of the heap about five years ago and has remained there through his copious audio output ever since. His "Gold" album is still my fave. The thing I love most about this song, other than the simple, perfect lyrics, is the eight-note rhythm played by the acoustic guitar--both melodic and percussive, holding the entire song together the way the mud holds a robin's nest together or mayo holds your favorite sandwich together. Love this song...

La Cienega just smiles and says I'll see you around.....

In other news, and perhaps in a sign that the apocalypse is upon us, while listening to Pandora today, on my station built around the music of Wilco, up came music from an artist that nearly made me retch. Fortunately Pandora lets you veto an artist from your playlist, banishing them for all time.

As I leapt across the room for the computer to hit the "I Hate It, Banish This Artist!" button, I saw that it was.....

Hanson.

May the cosmos have mercy on our souls.....Hanson?

2 Comments:

At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Jay said...

Yes, Gold is an incredible album. I never knew of Ryan Adams until a roommate introduced me to his music a few years ago. He's one of my favorites too.

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger Laurie Traveline said...

Oh, yes...I too love Ryan Adams and am partial to the song "Sweet Carolina"(first album) maybe because I am such a big fan of Emmy Lou. I. too, would not head out to the record store to purchase a Hanson album, nor would I allow them on my personal radio station, but, if you heard them sing the national anthem, acapella, at the opening game of the World Series 1997, you, too, would have been mighty impressed.
Hope to see you soon...

 

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