February 19, 2013

for a moment i saw everything / hallelujah and god damn

Stormy Sea with Blazing Wreck circa 1835-40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Tonight I’m grateful that songwriters like Tyler Lyle exist in this world, creating something that is unvarnished and open-hearted amidst the grey rows of quotidian obligations that can often feel overwhelming. Tyler released a new EP Expatriates out of the blue this weekend, and I have spent the last 72 hours listening to it over and over.

“Ithaca” is the final track on the 5-song EP, and it is pure and bittersweet, and it tells a wending story that feels like a dream.

And yeah, this is my second post in a row with a Turner painting at the top. Apparently Tyler and I think wonderfully alike.

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  • So. Damn. Good.

    Thanks for this.

    Rachel — February 20, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

  • Just goddamn gorgeous is what that is. I’ve been captivated by this EP all week.

    Pete Brown — February 21, 2013 @ 3:33 am

  • Ithaca, to me, is Tyler’s I Dream a Highway

    Beverly Stokes — February 22, 2013 @ 11:03 am

  • Or I was thinking “Thin Blue Flame.”

    browneheather — February 22, 2013 @ 11:13 am

  • I listened to Ritter’s “Thin Blue Flame” over and over for entire summer about three years ago which is when the writing for Ithaca started. It started with the line “Oh Penelope she ain’t waiting on me no more” and wasn’t conceived of as a 20 verse song for another year, when I was in Paris and I saw “In a beautiful dream…” written in sharpie on Oscar Wilde’s tomb in Pere Lachaise Cemetery. It was definitely my fascination and respect for Ritter’s song that allowed me to give myself permission to write it.

    Tyler — February 22, 2013 @ 11:50 am

  • Lots of typos. Done from a phone. Thanks Heather!

    Tyler — February 22, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

  • I fixed all your typos because I have magical moderator powers and because I love you.

    browneheather — February 22, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

  • Did someone say Thin Blue Flame?

    Heather, I think I may have given you your first ever listen to that song, that magical song… :-)

    Adam — February 22, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

  • I too have had the EP on repeat all week! Have to say, while “Ithaca” is a masterpiece, “Rodanthe” has been breaking my heart each day in all it’s glorious simplicity. Just perfect.
    Thanks so much Tyler, your music is a real gift to my household.

    Kris — February 25, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

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    For those about to blog — March 1, 2013 @ 7:06 am

  • Jesus.

    Those guts on the floor right now? Those are mine.

    Michelle — March 4, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

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