Happy CP Day to all those that celebrate.
If DK can keep playing Bridgers, I can play more Sufjan.
That sound guy needs to step up their game.
Happy Sufjan Day!
Sorry, Sufjan is still my 100% Xmas go-to.
My computer is broken which means I can't load all my xmas music back onto my phone. As such, it's been a sadly Sufjan-less holiday season for me. 🙁
Christmas is kinda weird. But that's okay.
However, at this point, I feel like I'm the Christmas Unicorn.
But that's okay. You're the Christmas Unicorn too.
It's alright, I love you.
Carrie and Lowell is on many (if not most) Best Of lists this year (though no Grammy nods), and with amazingly good reason. This album is one of the most heartfelt, wonderful, awful records I've ever heard. More or less written about his childhood, the complicated relationship between him and his mother, and the time of her death (if you want more background, it's out there and easy to find, so I won't go too much further into the backstory).
I know there's been some pushback on the whiney singer/songwriter wailing over his acoustic recently, and this album could be construed as that, but I don't think it applies. In my mind, he wrote this album strictly for himself. He was kind enough to invite us in on what must have been a substantial and devastating cathartic journey. Littered throughout are so many baldly personal, terrible little slices of life. Take the first two verses this song alone:
Light struck from the lemon tree
What if I’d never seen hysterical light from Eugene?
Lemon yogurt, remember I pulled at your shirt
I dropped the ashtray on the floor
I just wanted to be near you
Emerald Park, wonders never cease
The man who taught me to swim, he couldn't quite say my first name
Like a Father he led
Community water on my head
And he called me “Subaru”
And now I want to be near you
It may not be my favorite of his (I mean, my god, Age of Adz), but it is definitely his finest work to this point. Sparse, sharply honed, and expertly crafted. A simply masterful album from one of my favorite craftsmen.
...oh, right, I should probably play the song now.
Sorry, I wanted to find something professionally done from this album, however, strangely, none seem to exist.
Anyway, if this piques your interest, here's the album version of the first track, also awfully wonderful/depressing:
My ballet class is on Sundays, so I knew I wanted to share something somehow related to ballet today. I've been interested in the choreography of Justin Peck since seeing Ballet 422 earlier this year. While looking up more about his other ballets, I came across this bit from Everywhere We Go, a collaboration with Sufjan Stevens.
I love that it's shot in a studio since this is where dancers spend most of their time--not onstage. I take a class with live piano accompaniment, and some of the best moments are when it's all working and I almost feel as if I'm inside the music.
For more about the musical side of the collaboration, check out this article.
Thanks for having me as guest dj, and I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend!
It's a fluorescent Thursday, I think.
And now for something completely different.