first graduated with the Master of Music in Nebraska before she made it for New York to enlighten the city’s stages with her folk-pop. The girl in the upstairs choir is originally from the rural Great Plains, and she sings to the world with a clear voice and a clear gaze.
«The Opening Band» was released in 2011.
Sometimes in band class our teacher would let us play a 70s compilation CD he had, and that song was on there. Listening to it made me feel relatively badass.
Tough to choose. I guess for me it's hard to top «In My Life». I think what makes the music of the Beatles eternally cool are the conflicting elements they put in their songs, elements that rub both the right and the wrong way simultaneously – it creates a certain tug-of-war that never lets you pin them down. «In My Life» has so many examples of that – beautiful, sentimental melody with great backup vocals that somehow come off with a little bit of attitude, a tiny guitar hook that’s so perfect in its simplicity, the poetic, heartfelt lyrics that conjure up a whole world of emotion in such a concise way. How did they do that??!! It’s just such a gem of a song.
I just saw the Police at Madison Square Garden on Halloween, and they knocked my socks off. Stewart Copeland is now officially my favorite drummer. Other than that, I'd have to say, I saw Bob Dylan for the first time right when «Time Out Of Mind» came out, and that was sort of my introduction to Dylan, after which there is no looking back and no direction home.
Nebraska’s all about AC/DC and parties on country roads.
First song off of «Fevers And Mirrors». I'm a true believer in Bright Eyes, I think Conor Oberst is worth all the hype and more. I grew up in Nebraska too, but Conor is a city boy compared to me. He’s from Omaha, the big urban part of Nebraska, and I'm from western Nebraska, which is very, very rural. We had to drive 45 miles to get to a fast food restaurant or a mall, that's no lie! By some stroke of coincidence, though, Mike Mogis and I attended first and second grade together, that was in North Platte, Nebraska, before my family moved to what I consider my hometown. Crazy small world.
Oh god, the cheese, the horror! From the «Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves» soundtrack. Come on, I was really young, give me a break, ok?
My mom had it. I remember listening to the record and looking into the speakers of our big furniture tv/radio/record player, pretending I could see Elvis stripping inside the speakers. Ah if you could only see inside my mind...
Wow. First I'd rather pick out music to be played at my wedding. Let’s see, maybe «Sonata Pathetique», or the Richard Strauss song «Befreit» or «Du Bist Die Ruhe» by Franz Schubert, or maybe «Beautiful Dreamer» by Stephen Foster. My death seems like it’ll be a solemn occasion, so classical music seems fitting. Then after the funeral everyone should get drunk and sing «O Danny Boy», even though I'm not Irish. Or at least just get drunk.
Why does Bryan Adams keep popping up here? I'm not sure that I ever had a summer that matches up to this song, but «Summer of 69» seems to evoke great summer feelings. Also «Caroline, No».
Again, people, come on, I was young! The only vinyl I ever bought and also the first piece of music I bought for myself was «Head To Toe». It was a single.
Hmm. Not sure. I once had someone tell me that «I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)» reminded them of me, ha! I have no idea what that says about me...
That old hymn from Davey & Goliath.
Those are just a few.