“Fill in the Blank” by Car Seat Headrest
Thanks to Jan for featuring this song on her blog. I love it so much. Lyrically, I think it has the potential to be one of the go-to songs on the days when I need to buck up. Musically, it hits a lot of pleasure centers, with the opening riff, the rough harmonies and that great double lyric part at the end. The video is fun too.
“In the Long Run” The staves
I also have Jan to thank for this song.* The Staves have lovely harmonies, and also I love the content of this song. I’m a big subscriber to the view that people will come back around. You’ll see them again.
Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran
This will not be a song I purchase, because I’m going to get very sick of it very soon, but this is totally a song of the month. I think right now certain stations have this in an every-other-song rotational format. It’s also being used in the trailer for Ferdinand, the animated film somewhat based on the classic children’s story. In the trailer, they do not play the parts of the song about drinking, throwing up, smoking or kissing. Mostly, they just loop the chorus.
I’m a sucker for songs that tell a story, especially a reflection-of-youth story. “Summer of ’69” by Brian Adams, “Blood on Blood” by Bon Jovi, even “Jack & Diane,” before they played that Mellencamp song to death. So this is a winner for me, even though I think it’s overly long and clunky in places, especially when he updates us as to what his friends are up to. He has a lot of friends. There are a lot of updates. For how to do this a little better, see the aforementioned “Blood on Blood” where you get two lines: Now Bobby he’s an uptown lawyer, Danny he’s a medicine man / and me, I’m just the singer, in a long-haired rock and roll band.” See? Done!
I also am confused by Ed Sheeran. While listening to many of his songs, the feeling I come away with is uncomfortable embarrassment. He seems to be trying too hard. And I often don’t love what he writes about women. Matt and I had a text message exchange about a one of his songs where one of Matt’s responses was, “That’s the song I was telling you about! She is clear with him about how she sees the relationship, and he writes a mean song because he wants to change things up and she doesn’t!”
I get the feeling that Mr. Sheeran grew up nerdy, but rejected the nerdy and now there’s this uncomfortable trying-too-be-cool vibe about him. I’m also quite curious to know what he looks like in concert. Does he dance around? Stand still? (I’m apparently not curious enough to pause what I’m doing here and google.)
*Jan. Supporting this blog not only with comments, but also with post content!