“When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.”
Phil saw his shadow today; and Groundhog Day is ridiculously one of my all-time favorite movies. I subjected a friend to watching it with me last Thursday — and by watching it I mean trying and failing to restrain myself from quoting most every other line. It gives me unmeasurable joy.
This song from new Barsuk Records signee Say Hi also gives me a shimmer of happiness in the dark of winter. Say Hi is Eric Elbogen, who hails from Brooklyn and Seattle, and records his music in a home studio. The new album Oohs & Aahs reminded me of elements of bands like Ra Ra Riot (in the synthesizers that add a frisson of electric energy to an oft-melancholy and gorgeous album) and Apostle of Hustle (in the brooding, creative percussion). His album is out March 3rd, and he’ll be on tour in the coming months with Fuel favorites Telekinesis!.
(GOSH, you’re an upbeat lady!)