June 3, 2009

And all the music seeping through

This brightened my morning immeasurably. There was a time I had considered naming this blog “all the music seeping through,” or some other derivation from this, potentially my favorite of all Paul Simon songs. I love the lyrics, the bass, the clackety percussion — just everything about it.

Seeing Paul Simon backed by The Roots, who put on one of the most ebullient live shows I’ve ever seen, does a body good this morning.


March 25, 2007

I’m on my way / don’t where I’m goin’

Do you ever hear a song and realize how much you’ve missed it without even knowing it?

Watching The Royal Tenenbaums again last night, I was thoroughly digging the usage of ‘Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard’ and realizing how some days just need a little Paul Simon to feel right. This song is on the soundtrack alongside a stellar lineup that just underscores the unstoppable combination of Wes Anderson and Mark Mothersbaugh. From the opening ‘Hey Jude’ instrumental, to the Dylan, Stones, Ramones, obligatory depressing scene with Elliott Smith, Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, and even some fantastic Nick Drake — it’s just top notch, eh?

Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Paul Simon

This also reminds me of the fun cover that those hot whistling Swedes, Peter Bjorn & John, recorded on KCRW a bit back. By the way, didja know that the female vocals in that infectiously poppy ‘Young Folks’ tune is Victoria Bergsman (formerly) of The Concretes? I thought she sounded familiar.

Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Peter, Bjorn & John

Both of those versions are going onto my running playlist and I’m heading out in today’s glorious sunshine. I got finally new running shoes (you mean they don’t last 3 years?) and I am ridiculously excited.

It was raining yesterday so their christening run was on the treadmill and I went farther than I thought I could go without someone chasing me. I am invincible, like Wonder Woman, except it is a heck of a lot harder for her to run in those thigh-high boots.


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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

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