October 2, 2009

let me borrow his old winter coat


All of the talk about the spacey free-jazz wonk on Sufjan Stevensnew songs reminded me of some favorite collaborations he’s worked on in the past, like the humble harmonies of his duets with Rosie Thomas.

Say Hello (rough mix) – Rosie Thomas & Sufjan Stevens

There’s a childlike vulnerability and very grown-up beauty in Rosie’s voice, and listening to it tonight reminds me of many many nights last winter when I’d sit in semi-darkness with only her voice playing softly, achingly on the wood-grain stereo.

rosiethomasShe’s been making music for several years now, sometimes with Sub Pop Records, and has worked with a handful of those sensitive musician fellas I love like Damien Jurado, Sufjan, and Denison Witmer.

This song was on the Say Hello EP, with the finished version on These Friends Of Mine (2007).


  • Thanks for this. I first heard Rosie Thomas on the local NPR folk show, and was blown away by “Kite Song.” Such a beautiful voice.

    Steve — October 3, 2009 @ 2:38 am

  • How on earth do you know about an EP that I was unaware of? I am passionate about few things more than Rosie’s music (except my wife, food and air) and I had never heard of it! Make sure you pick up the DVD/LP of the new film about her, “All The Way From Michigan, Not Mars”, which is out just before the end of this month!

    Bart Wang — October 3, 2009 @ 4:15 am

  • Her voice is heavenly-no other way to describe it.

    Matt — October 3, 2009 @ 9:45 pm

  • Have you heard Rosie Thomas talk though?
    She sounds absolutely nothing like I expected – hilarious.

    Djimi Paij — October 4, 2009 @ 11:31 am

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