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01 Sep

Week 225: “Outta My System” by My Morning Jacket (Washed Out remix)

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A mandatory part of growing up is having a mind-blowing conversation with a close friend or two, typically while lying on your back looking at the stars. This conversation is likely to include some or all of the following statements:

“What if the whole universe is just happening inside a single drop of water?”
“Ever wonder why you’re…you?”
“It’s mathematically impossible that there aren’t other life forms out there.”
“I think that God is just, like…everything. But also nothing.”
“What is money, anyway? Everybody should just be able to take what they need.”
“Imagine if that star just blew up right in front of us right now?”
“What does the universe look like from outside the universe?”

This remix, by Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) captures the innocent magic of such conversations perfectly. Try to remember where you were when you had your own youthful philosophical sessions, and imagine yourself there while you listen to this song.

What makes this a beautiful song:

1. The crickets.

2. The vocal samples, filled with deep thoughts that just make you want to let your mouth fall open slightly and say, “whoa.”

3. Rather than re-state the whole song, Washed Out focuses on the first lyrical line, and loops it. I like it when remixes do that; it’s like taking a painting you already like, and magnifying one corner to really notice the details.

Recommended listening activity:

Imagining who you would be if your parents had never met.

24 Mar

Week 202: “Haiku” by Stefano Guzzetti

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Mister Guzzetti:
Italian pianist
And sound designer.

When he was a kid
He saw Kraftwerk on TV
And his mind was blown.

His own work reflects
A blend of electronic
And classical styles.

This song may be short
But like a haiku it proves
Beauty can be brief.

What makes this a beautiful song:

1. Arpeggiation.

2. Lots of space between the notes.

3. The sustain pedal.

Recommended listening activity:

Watching a tree branch
That waves ‘hello’ with the breeze
And waving right back.