Last Week’s Good Things

bookI am finding it incredibly hard to believe that we are approaching the middle of August. The autumn happenings that seemed so far away, are now rapidly approaching. In the midst of the blur of last week, were some very good things. These were mine:

A new shower head – We live in an old house which brings with it all of its charms, as well as all of its challenges. We have beautiful plaster walls and hardwood floors. We also have questionable water pressure. This week we made some changes that included the replacement of a showerhead. It is a little thing, but when the first activity of your day includes water at a good temperature in an abundant quantity at an acceptable pressure, you are a step ahead.

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National IPA Day – Last Thursday was National IPA day. An IPA is a style of beer – an Indian Pale Ale. To me, the defining characteristic of an Indian pale ale is hoppy goodness. To celebration of this special day last week, Dan poured me a special beer. Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware makes something that they call 90-minute IPA. For this beer, they continuously add hops to build the flavor that becomes almost raisiny, It is deliciousness. Unfortunately, this beer is not available in Missouri. Fortunately, when Dan travels, he brings me home souvenirs.

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Miso – Having two tastes for this years post is something that I don’t usually do, but I figure that it isn’t a bad thing. I have not used miso much in the  past, but this week, I used it in two different ways. Miso is a fermented soybean product. I still don’t get what umami is, but miso is umami – salty, earthy, deep. The first use of miso this week was to mix it with butter and use it for corn on the cob. It really transformed the corn in such an interesting way. The second use was a salad dressing. This is a work in progress, as I think the version I made was a little too salty, but it was a good starting place.

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TED x KC – Saturday night we went to watch 11 people take a stage by themselves and without a script, talk for an alloted amount of time on a particular topic. We heard a 16 year old girl’s original songs and how she has funded programs in countries of need, we heard about fusion energy, we heard about a new paradigm for entrepreneurship. and about bullying, and politics, and economics, and using humor … We were in a freaking beautiful auditorium that gave a standing ovation to a political scientist!

Slate Audio Book Club – A few days a week, I listen to podcasts rather than music on my short trip to and from work. I have my favorite podcasts that I tend to go to, but there are a bunch of others that I download, but then don’t listen to. The Slate Audio Book Club was one of those, until last week. I listened to two episodes during the week. One was on My Stuggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard, and the other was Jenny Offill’s Department of Speculation. To spend drive time listening to people enthusiastically talk about books – lordy me! That is good. I am not eager to read My Struggle, but I am glad to know about it. Jenny Offill’s book I need to read.

What were your good things last week?

Voyager by Jenny Lewis (Album of the Week)

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Album: Voyager

Artist: Jenny Lewis

Year: 2014

Details: 10 songs; 40 minutes

Who’s Choice: Deliberate Obfuscation

There are several ways you could come to know Jenny Lewis – her 1980s sitcom roles as a teenager, her band that was (Rilo Kiley), or Jenny Lewis, solo. I discovered Jenny Lewis on a cd that I bought at a Starbucks. It was a compilation of songs put together by Elvis Costello. The Rilo Kiley song on it was “Does He Love You?” It is a humdinger of a punch-in-the gut kind of a song.

I listened to and loved that song in 2005. There has been plenty of time for me to get to know Jenny Lewis better. I haven’t really done that. She doesn’t put out much music. She has changed formats and collaborations a few times. While she tends to get well reviewed, her next move seems uncertain.

Last month at Forecastle, I spent an hour listening to and really loving Jenny Lewis. I decided that I needed to listen to more. Her new album, Voyager came out the end of last month. It made sense to start with this one.

The first go through on this made me think very much of Best Coast - one of my favorite feel good listens. There is a California pop thing going on in many of these songs. Some of them could definitely be tracks on a “songs of the summer” playlist.

But listening to this more closely and paying attention to stylings, there is not a single sound on this album that allows for a pigeon-holing. The album’s longest, and my favorite song, is Late Bloomer. Whether it is autobiographical or not, the story seems so personal. With a fresh “Chelsea Girl” haircut, the song’s sixteen year-old protagonist escapes to Paris. She says she is furious and restless, but the song paints a sensitive, vulnerable girl. That seems to be the theme throughout. There is a lot in here about growing up and growing older.

She recently said in an interview that she wants to write happy songs, but she acknowledged that this album didn’t really reflect that. Break-ups, a parent’s death, biological clocks, life’s complications – show up on this album. She questions roles in both humorous and serious ways. She confesses to being completely in love, but damn, those slippery slopes when you are out on the road and there is whiskey and coke involved. She wants a ring, but not really, she looks horrible in white. “She’s Not Me”  is in the same vain as my first Jenny introduction – this time she is calling out to the guy that she cheated on, who is now about to become a dad with someone who is whole hell of a lot easier than she was.

While he liked the album a lot, Dan thinks that the polish of this album creates a void – a lack of soul. I think that is unfair. Jenny Lewis has a pretty voice. Jenny Lewis writes songs that tell stories that seem to be her own life lessons. She mixes those with production that bring interest – whether it is acoustic and laconic, or electric and percussiony. I’m not sure that it is her soul I see, but I think that album stands up strong.

Next Up: Torch Song by Radiator Hospital

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Last Week’s Good Things

weekAfter the tumultuousness and eventfulness of June, July gave some weeks to regroup and begin to get back into normal. By the last week of July, I was definitely feeling that I had regained a little of the structure that had been lost. I am not completely there yet. There are things – like going to the gym – that still haven’t made their way back into my schedule. They will. And looking back at last week, I can already see some  old faithfuls returning on my list of good things. Here are five of the ones that I made note of:

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  1. Begin Again – We had begun a movie night date with friends at the beginning of the year, but it took a couple month hiatus. Last week, we got it back into the schedule. We started our night with cocktails and Chinese food in a restaurant that could have been taken out of Lost in Translation. Our movie choice was Begin Again with Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo. It was – like its creator’s predeseccor, Once – a sweet film about connections and choices and music. There is nothing bad about sitting in a theater with people you like, enjoying a movie with loaded listenable tunes.HPIM0800
  2. Yssel getting married – Dan has been in Rotary for a number of years. I have written before about what a great organization Rotary is, and what wonderful work they do. Beside that, we have reaped Rotary benefit by getting to host international visitors who come to the Midwest to learn about many different things. A few years ago, we hosted Yssel, from South Africa. He was the first guy we would host, so I wasn’t sure how that would go. Turns out, it went great! We had so much fun with him, and over the course of a few days, we became solid friends. This past weekend, Yssel got married and pictures of him and his bride greeted us on Facebook. Life gives you lots of opportunities. Getting to know someone from another country is a pretty great thing! There should be more of that going on.marigold
  3. Giant Marigolds and Zinnias – My favorite flower, I think, is the marigold. It is strong and colorful and I marigold smell is an all time favorite scent. This year, I planted marigolds and zinnias in my raised bed. I planted them from seed, and I expected they were just your standard variety. The plants that are filling my bed are monstrous. Most of them are taller than me. I am short, but that does not mean that a marigold should tower over me. It is pretty stunning sight, and every time I walk out my back door and see them, it is a super good things!
  4. Pasta with Beans and Rosemary – On my day off last week, I wanted to cook something different. Even though it was a beautiful day, I wanted to do a pasta – but not something too heavy. The recipe was from Smitten Kitchen - one of my favorite sites. It worked for me, but I can’t see how one could go wrong with al dente pasta – a light veggie sauce with tasty beans and a rosemary, garlic oil sauce.
  5. Working on my book – Also to celebrate getting back to normal, I returned to my desk to work on my book on my day off! The section that I am working on is pretty amazing. It really reflects how people can put their mind to something and make it work. It was so nice to be back with the story.

I hope your week was a good one, and the days ahead are even better!!

Put Your Needle Down by The Secret Sisters (Album of the Week)

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Album: Put Your Needle Down

Artist: The Secret Sisters

Year: 2014

Details: 12 songs; 44 minutes

Who’s Choice: Gone Mild

This may be the meanest thing that I have ever said about an artist. The Secret Sisters are a band that I could imagine happening upon as a live performance and enjoying it. However, at the end of the night, when Dan asks if we should buy their album, I would say, “nah.”

That being said, it ended up that both Dan and I bought copies of this week’s listen. You win that round, Secret Sisters!

I will begin by saying that there is nothing in particular that makes me want to complain about this album.  The sister duo, Laura and Lydia Rogers have strong musical roots in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. They have T-Bone Burnett producing them. They perform an interesting variety of musical styles and they do all of it well. Luka is a ballad that sounds like a southern gothic family tale that Bobby Gentry would send up. Dirty Lie reminded me of Shirley Bassey singing “The minute you walked in the joint” (interestingly, this was a song that Bob Dylan started writing many years ago, and gave to the sisters to complete and perform). Pocket Knife gave me vibes of Dolly Parton singing for independence. Black and Blue is Everly Brothers pitched up. There is even a song that made me think of Tori Amos. Perhaps that is the problem for me. It is kind of all over the place without giving me a good dose of what they are. To me they are two singers who really sound good together. I don’t mind listening to them, but after this week, I won’t make a point of returning to them.

The album does sound nice. The arrangements have good instrumentation with some nice guitar picking and violins. This is not lost to me. It just doesn’t stick with me. In that we have had this album of the week going for multiple weeks, I have listened to it a fair number of times. Even with that, I don’t have songs stuck in my head. That is not like me.

Over at Gone Mild, Dan writes about his own inability to connect with this album. The fact that he is a little shocked that I didn’t fall under its charms adds to how confusing this album is for me.

I worry when I don’t give female artists a good review that I am doing my sex a disservice. Reading up on this duo, it is apparent that I need not be concerned. They get a good amount of love from many quarters. Even so, I need to make myself feel better about my music championing. I need a next album pick that I can be confident that I can feel better about reviewing. Don’t do me wrong, Jenny Lewis.

Next Up: Voyager by Jenny Lewis

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Last Weeks’ Good Things

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I have two weeks worth of good things to report on. We had a great roadtrip to Louisville, Kentucky for the Forecastle Music Festival. That occupies most of the spots in this recap, but there were other mentionable good things too.sharon

  1. Lots of festival music – Over the three days at the festival, we moved from stage to stage to hear some amazing and fun music. The three headliners that ended the nights were Outkast, Jack White, and Beck. I loved them all, but Beck was my favorite. While his latest album is rather quiet, you would not have thought so listening to his show. He covered lots of his territory along with some covers like Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean – and then he finished with Where it’s At. It was enough for Dan to throw a somersault into his dancing. I also saw my man, Jason Isbell who was fantastic. My best surprise was Sharon van Etten. I had her on my list to see, but didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. She was great and her personality was winning. Sun Kil Moon was disappointing, but the set-up just didn’t work well for his quiet style. Hayes Carll (more on him later), delighted me. He was on the smallest of the stages and it worked fantastically. Others on my dancelist: The Black Lips, Spoon, Against Me, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Lord Huron, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Dwight Yoakam (wasn’t expecting much from this one, but it was great fun – especially watching Dan enjoy it!), Jenny Lewis. Music is good for the soul.hayes
  2. Hayes Carll – After enjoying the show at Forecastle, we realized that Hayes Carl was going to be in Kansas City this week. On Wednesday, we went to Knuckleheads and enjoyed another show by this great storyteller. His Louisville and KC sets differed quite a bit. If you have not listened to this guy, I would recommend you take some time with him. He is another one of those songwriters with a gift for language and his songs tell life stories. Wednesday, in honor of his son’s birthday, he sang a sweet and tender song about his love for magic. The very next song was a hilarious one about his baby stealing all of his wife’s attention. Good stuff.bourbon tent
  3. Fancy, air-conditioned portable bathrooms – WIth our festival tickets we also sprang for tickets to the Bourbon Lounge. That got us a fun, insulated cup that vendors inside this huge tent, willingly filled with bourbon. That was great, but as good was that it also gave us access to these special portapotties. This may be a thing, but I have never seen them before. It was like a big trailer that had regular stalls. It was kept clean during the day, and it was air conditioned. I adore this concept.
  4. Lending an Ear – I was sitting alone at the Jenny Lewis concert when the woman sitting behind me asked if she could join me. I said sure and she proceeded to pull her blanket up and we chatted on and off during the show. She seemed to have a bunch going on and she teared up a little as she talked. It wasn’t a big thing, but when the show was over and we got up to leave, she gave me a big hug and thanked me for my kindness. That felt good.ali & jose
  5. Roadtrip meet-up – The other great thing about the trip was not only being able to travel with J & M, but we also met up with Ali and Jose, who made the trip from New Orleans. Over the days, we got to share in some fun music watching, silly dancing, good food sharing, bourbon sipping, late-night pizza ordering, and Catch-phrase competitions (even though the boys won the last night, I am confident that the girls were superior).braceletsThose weeks will be tough to beat, but I am ready for what this week has to offer. How about you? What good happened during your week?

Last Week’s Good Things

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Last week’s good things were multiple, but here are a few of the more noteworthy ones. 

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Jason Isbell, Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss at Starlight – As I have noted before, Jason Isbell is one of my all time favorite musicians – maybe my favorite. My most recent opportunity to hear him was at Kansas City’s Starlight Theater – a beautiful outdoor theater in Swope Park. The sound that night was spectacular! Jason was the opener, so he only had six songs, but he was brilliant as usual. I have not listened to Alison Krauss much, so I didn’t know what to expect there. She has a lovely voice, a great stage presence, and her sharing the spotlight with her other bandmates is winning. Willie Nelson put on a great show. We had heard him a few years ago at Red Rocks. That night he was okay. At Starlight, he seemed to really bring it more and more as the night went on. The night ended with all of the performers on stage singing gospel songs and looking really happy. So was I!

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Keeping Positive – Our new office building is wonderful and to have most of our group in one place is the best! Last week, we had our first Division meeting and there were loads of good sentiments passed on by attendees. I was the recipient of some words that mean so much to me. There is a good vibe in the new building that is palpable. One thing being done is having everyone write on an index card what positive commitment they are making. These are hanging on the bulletin board in the breakroom. Seeing the number of cards grow each day is heart lifting!

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Jean’s beer – After her visit here with Sam, Jean sent Dan a bottle of special beer. It came with a very sweet note and explanation of the contents. Of course, this spoke to Dan in a big way and he reciprocated with a flowing thank you and commentary on hows and whys of beers. Then we actually drank the beer, and enjoyed it for what it was and how it came to us. The whole process – seriously good!

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Scanning Pictures for Ali and Jose’s Engagement Party – We couldn’t attend the engagement party that Ali’s New Orleans’ friends threw for them. What I got to do, however, is provide a photo history of Ali that they used. Sitting and looking through photo albums is the best history ever.

Dan and Pet Videos – Our morning routine during the week is early rising, Dan making breakfast, watching the news, reading the paper, and looking at our computers. Dan laughing at pet videos in the morning makes my morning.

I hope today and every day has many good things for you!

Bonus Good thing: Jason Isbell singing Cover Me Up at Starlight Theater

Lazaretto by Jack White (Album of the Week)

 


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Album: Lazaretto

Artist: Jack White

Year: 2014

Details: 11 songs; 40 minutes

Who’s Choice: Deliberate Obfuscation

Of course I will like an album named Lazaretto. Lazarettos were quarantined areas, oftentimes islands, that would hold individuals with communicable diseases. Just knowing a little about Jack White, it seems that he doesn’t cotton to the world that most of us inhabit. The idea of a quarantined existence probably suits him well. There he could sit around writing wickedly strong lyrics and mesh them with creative arrangements. That’s what happened in this Lazaretto.

Dan writes that “after spending one week with this album that it is going to stay with me as one of the best albums in my collection.” Wow! While we won’t be bickering this week, I won’t go as far as him in praising this album. 

Lazaretto a fun musical trip into Jack White’s world. He is one creative dude, and he is a detail man. The vinyl version of this album expands this release into a whole performance piece. Music-wise, he brings 11 tracks with different styles that, I think, work as a whole. It sounds really good too. From minute to minute, there are pretty violin tracks, snappy drum lines, organ riffs, bluesy harmonica, honky tonk piano, fine guitar, etc, etc. You can get caught up in just listening to how it is put together. It does feel like it is recorded to do just that.

The opener “Three Women” is inspired by a blues song by Blind WIllie McTell “Three Women Blues.” It spins the story of carrying on with three women and not being able or wanting to make a choice. For this one, he pulls off the style and the saga by making it sound like he is having fun with it. You can almost hear him smiling as he sings “lawdy, lawdy, Yeah, I wish I could tell you just what my three women do / But if I open my mouth, well, that’ll be three women I lose.”

Ballad singing is not something that I would have expected from this album, but that is there too. Jack White ballads aren’t, however, sweet lovey, dovey songs. They too seep Jack White cynicism and attitude. Entitlement is cautionary tale noting that we get fed lines that the world is ours, but it really isn’t that way. As soon as you try to do it your way, you get hollered at to knock it off. 

What turns this album from a fun listen to a great one, are those crafty lyrics that pepper the whole album. Things like “she writes letters like a Jack Chick comic/ Just a bunch of propaganda. makes my fingers histrionic,” and this: “want and able are two different things/ one is desire, and the other is the means” make me both want to search Wikipedia and seek out more Jack White. Lawdy, lawdy!

Up Next: Put the Needle Down by The Secret Sisters

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Stockholm by Chrissie Hynde (Album of the Week)

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While I enjoy the music of the band, The Pretenders, I would not classify myself as a huge fan of the band that became iconic when we were in college. Songs like Back on the Chain Gang and Talk of the Town exuded hip and played well on the college scene. Chrissie Hynde -tossled hair, black eyeliner, guitar slung low – was crushed on by many for good reason. She had it going on. And she has that great voice.

Several weeks ago, Dan chose Chrissie’s new solo album as our listening album. Because June had so much going on, our blogging took a hiatus, but now it is time to get back to business. 

There is something about this album that bothers me. That voice is still there. It’s low and powerful, but she can use it well to sound emotions. She said in an interview that I listened to that she quit smoking and that has been protective of her sound. It really is all still there. The other thing that she mentioned in the interview is that she does not believe in love. For someone who doesn’t believe in love, she sure sings a lot about it on this album. Most of the songs on the album are about relationships in some form or another. I think that is what rubs me wrong – and I submit that this may be very unfair of me. I find much of this album incredibly insincere. 

More than anything, this is a pop album. Hynde’s collaborators (in Sweden) are recording artists who I would put into the indie pop rock genre.That style finds its way into this album with songs like “You or No One” and  “You’re the One.” They both have fun hooks and are bouncy. Am I wrong to not feel great about a hooky, bouncy Chrissie Hynde? Chrissie Hynde has had a fascinating life from which to draw upon. I am more eager to listen to that soundtrack than her sounding like a Lana del Ray knock-off when she sings “In the Movies.”

In Dan’s take on the album, he supposes that my indifference to this album is due to my inability to embrace Chrissie’s “black leather snarl.” Nay! I say! I would rather more of that scowl and less of the pop rock formula.

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I don’t want to be a complete grouse on this. Songs did stand out for me. One song, Tourniquet (Cynthia Anne) is both very beautiful and very interesting. The sound was different than the rest of the album – quiet, reflective, mysterious. Down the Wrong Way starts out with unmistakable Neil Young guitar riffing and the lyrics are more like a good old-fashioned rock song. More of this, and I would be more on board. Maybe next time.

Next up: Lazaretto by Jack White

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Last ?’s Good Things

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It has been almost a month since I posted! That is the worse performance I have had yet. There are definitely excuses to be submitted, but I think the better thing is to just to get on with it. To ground myself, I am going to take a look back at that month that was and pick out memorable good things. Onward!

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Kids Were Home – While right now, it already seems like it was ages ago, we did have both kids and their significant others under our roof – all at once – during the last month. That was a first that has happened, and I can’t wait for the next! Our little house had to compromise a little to accommodate everyone, but it worked. There were some first  meetings among them that were sweet. I had a day that we spent eating Oklahoma Joe’s and then wandering the zoo. We played games and we ate around Kansas City like nobody’s business. I have such sweet memories of the kids while they were growing up and all of the things we used to do together. This having adult children who live away from you is something that you adjust to, but is never completely easy. I like to be with them. I like to sit in the same room with them. I like to be more keyed into what is going on with them. I like to share meals with them. I like to get to know their partners better. When they leave, there is always still an achy heart. But they will be back!

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A Happy Announcement – So, during that time we had the kids home, something very happy happened. On our 32nd anniversary, Jose asked Ali to marry him and she said yes. Dan and I both are so happy for both of them. Seeing them so happy with each other, makes us confident that their decision to spend their lives together is a good one. This is another new phase of our lives, but what a wonderful one. 

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My New Office – Six years ago, my office got moved from inside the hospital to a trailer about a block away. Granted, it was a big trailer that held all of my very wonderful team members also, and my office did have a lovely view of downtown Kansas City. Nevertheless, it had its down sides. When we moved to the trailer, it was noted that it would be temporary. Temporary ended last month! I am now in a newly renovated building that houses most everyone in our department. My office is spacious with beautiful big tall windows. I am still in the midst of figuring out how to personalize it, but it is getting there. 

IMG_0989Making a new dish – Last weekend, as I emerged from everything that was going on, I decided that it was time to cook something new. When we were in Louisville last year, we went to Milkwood which is Chef Edward Lee’s restaurant. We tasted lots of dishes, all of which had wonderful flavors. Since then, I got his cookbook that is fun to look at, but which I had not cooked out of too much. Saturday I made his Rice Bowl With Beef, Onions, Collards, Fried Egg, and Corn Rémoulade. I am a pretty good cook, mainly because I pick good recipes and I follow directions well, but this may have been the best thing that I have every made. The Corn Rémoulade alone was so tasty. If I could have gotten away with it, I would have sat with a spoon and just eaten that like pudding. It was fun to prep this meal with all of the steps. It was fun to set the table and pour a wine. It was a very good thing to sit and share it with Dan – and, holy cow, was it delicious!

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So, there it is. A new post. I am happy to be back!

Vari-Colored Songs by Leyla McCalla (Album of the Week)

Leyla-kopieAlbum: Vari-Colored Songs

Artist: Leyla McCalla

Year: 2014

Details: 14 songs; 41minutes

Who’s Choice: Deliberate Obfuscation

As Leyla McCalla sings the words of Langston Hughes out emerges gospel, torch songs, spiritual, novelty, porch blues, folk. They are her interpretations of the poet’s words and, as the listener, you get it.

Vari-Colored Songs, the first solo album from Leyla McCalla is quiet, spare, loveliness. Many of the fourteen songs on the album, reflect the words of the poet, but others her original songs sung in Haitian Creole. 

After spending so many of the last weeks listening to albums where I often struggle to hear what lyrics are, this one is as clear as if it was a spoken word recording. In fact, the line between this and a spoken word album is blurry. Lonely House, which is actually sung to a tune that was previously written as part of an opera that Langston Hughes collaborated on, is performed a capella for the first third of it. Then, there is merely strummed banjo and boppy bass plucks. 

Even though her roots are as a musician – mainly cello – the style of this album does not focus upon the dexterity of her musicianship. She uses many different versions of stringed instruments in a manner that leaves the message of the lyrics to the forefront. Even so, however, the music is not unnoticeable. It is kind of a conundrum, as I really tried to consider it.

Leyla notes in interviews and on her Kickstarter page (that produced the funding that led to this album being made) that the poetry of Langston Hughes led her to become an artist. Listening to Hughes’ words and knowing a little about his own presence in music, you can understand why the type of artist she would become would be a musician. Hughes words are musical, and what she does with his rhythms is fascinating. 

Leyla does not just sing-read. She does interesting things that fit the poem into the meaning that she takes from it. Take the poem, Too Blue:

I got those sad old weary blues.
I don’t know where to turn.
I don’t know where to go.
Nobody cares about you
When you sink so low.

What shall I do?
What shall I say?
Shall I take a gun
And put myself away?

I wonder if
One bullet would do?
As hard as my head is,
It would probably take two.

But I ain’t got
Neither bullet nor gun -
And I’m too blue
To look for one.

Rather than the gloom of the blues, she transforms this poem into something almost humorous. That is something about poems that I like. Out of a few words, different readers can find so many different things. I wonder if the way she presents each of these songs is how she has always heard those poems, or if she fit them to different styles that she wanted to use? I tend to think the former, but I also think that she could do the latter. 

This choice was a lark. I knew little about it and had not listened to a note of it. Leyla McCalla became known to me this week and I am pleased to make that acquaintance. Even Dan, over at Gone Mild fell for the charms of this album and what Leyla has delivered. He also sweetly affirms that our partnership in all things typically is for the better (unless it involves Damien Jurado :) )

Next Up: Stockholm by Chrissie Hynde

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