In the Distance, Oblivious Playlist
Eleven Musical Distractions



June 2022
Westmoreland Cliffs





Notes (Quotes from song lyrics):

  1. "And when my life is over, remember when we were together, we were alone, and I was singing my song for you"

    It's so fun writing these little notes for our playlist. I look things up, hoping I might find something interesting about each song or artist. Sometimes I fail miserably, and with songs this old, it's usually hard to find a lot of info, and almost never a video. But sometimes I find a well-polished gem like this.

  2. "I feel better 'cause the stars already crossed our paths forever and the sooner that you realize it the better"

    Same notes as Russell comments above, 18 years later (still 33 years ago, a long time in internet years). From Austin City Limits, circa 1989. Thank you Dan Hicks. Thank you Sid Page (violin).

  3. "I read an old quotation in a book just yesterday, said, 'Gonna reap just what you sow, the debts you make, you have to pay'. Can you get to that?"

    George Clinton, with his bands Funkadelic and Parliament, pretty much defined the funk movement of the 1970's. I always loved (and grew up with) the band Earth Wind and Fire, but it always made me smile (admiringly) at Clinton's trash-calling them "earth, hot air and no fire". This is the real stuff.

  4. "Oh, it was wonderful, and it was worth it, and it lasted a long time, and we, we wandered into something we shouldn't have"

    Here's some seemingly unrelated video footage.

  5. "Big chief said come and be my guest, step across the line then you're way out west"

    Marty Stuart is the rare musical success that's gone from being Lester Flatt's teenage sideman to accomplished elder statesman, always staying cool without ever feeling the need to be a huge star. Way Out West reminds me of an old-school country "Hotel California", and is from 2017's album of the same name.

  6. "I kept your poem here with all my other gear, but in the end I missed what it meant"

    Not nearly as old as Russell or Hicks, 2009 is still ancient in YouTube history. (This song starts around 4:00).

  7. "Poetry has no place for a heart that's a whore"

    Loudon Wainwright III has had an interesting life. He was a side actor on a few episodes of the original M*A*S*H TV series, had a forgettable novelty top-40 radio hit with "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road", was married to Kate McGarrigle of the The McGarrigle Sisters, had son Rufus and daughter Martha with her, got divorced and had a relationship with Suzzy Roche of the Roches that produced Lucy Wainwright Roche, and along the way produced 24 studio albums.

    Martha's Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole is featured here. It's a great song, with smart, confessional, and brutally honest lyrics.

  8. "Take off your armor, let the sun shine on your skin"

    Austin's Greyhounds are a duo of keyboardist Anthony Farrell and guitarist Andrew Trube. I couldn't find a video of this song, but this is a band you should probably pay attention to.

  9. "I drove, late, down to the edge of the lake, where your hometown shines far on the other side"

    Smart lyrics, beautiful melodies. Joshua Burnside returns to the playlist, doing what he does best. With singer/songwriter/cellist Alana Henderson, here's his lovely Holllllogram.

  10. "We'll find each other where we promised where the tide is low for man and spirits"

    Before he was Father John Misty, Josh Tillman was J. Tillman. He was no less thoughtful and melodic.

  11. "See I don't believe in God, at least not one that's not as human as me"

    From their website: "Leith Ross is a songwriter, singer, and artist born and raised in a small town outside of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They've been a sensitive and overly artistic person since birth and when they started writing songs around the age of 12 it quickly became Leith's favourite way to be sensitive and overly artistic."



For your listening pleasure, there's also a giant list with all the songs from all 24 months. Check out the ItD,O All Time Playlist,
as well as ItD,O Greatest Hits Volume 2, (our 11 best songs from our June '21 to April '22 playlists),
and ItD,O Greatest Hits Volume 1 (July '20 to May '21).