In the Distance, Oblivious Playlist
Eleven Musical Distractions



June 2021
Pocahontas Dam





Notes (Quotes from song lyrics or artists themselves):

  1. "If you had a lover would you bring them back to me? I can't find you honey but I want you to dance with me"

    Nathaniel Rateliff returns to the playlist with this soulful romp. The baritone sax on this alone makes the base of my spine all tingly.

  2. "Oh, when a body's in trouble, who who who do you talk to? Oh who oh who oh"

    Mary Margaret O'Hara is an artist I very much admire. She makes music pretty much on her own terms for her own reasons on her own time. I like how her sometimes-goofy style and humor matches that of her sister Catherine.

  3. "When I read the letter you wrote me, it made me mad mad mad, when I read the news that it told me, it made me sad sad sad"

    Sheryl Crow covered the Led Zeppelin classic "D'yer Mak'er" during her "Tuesday Night Music Club" sessions. According to Robert Plant, the title comes from an old joke where one friend tells another, "My wife's gone to the West Indies." "Jamaica?" (asks his friend, which in an English accent sounds like "Did you make her?")... "No, she wanted to go".

  4. "Her feet are like pillows, hair moves from side to side, so very special, she keeps little bears inside"

    Marvin Pontiac was a fictional African-Jewish musician invented by actor/composer John Lurie, who also created the show "Fishing with John", in which he takes various actors and musicians on semi-imaginary fishing trips, and "Painting With John", an HBO series where he paints and tells stories from his home on a Caribbean island that he refuses to name.

  5. "A heart that's full up like a landfill, a job that slowly kills you, bruises that won't heal"

    I can't say enough about how much I love Radiohead covers. I can't say enough about Amanda Palmer. And I definitely can't say enough about the album Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele.

  6. "I saw your eyes behind your hair, and you're looking tired, but you don't look scared"

    Brandi Carlile is all that. I don't know of any artists that can match her combination of melody, lyrical smarts, and vocal gifts.

  7. "Darkness ain't such a hard road if we don't go down it alone"

    The Delines are from Portland, Oregon. They are quiet and wonderful. You should listen to them.

  8. "Look at those little ants, carrying a mighty load, go get 'em, got get 'em, go get 'em little ones"

    Twain is the acoustic low-fi project of Franklin County, Virginia's Mat Davidson. He was also a part of The Low Anthem and Spirit Family Reunion.

  9. "Tell me we'll fix this, though the damage is done, who says the war is over, when the battle is won?"

    Sammy Copley returns to the playlist with this beautiful and thoughtful original.

  10. "For desert oceans keep on widening, it's been this way since the Pleistocene, Where's the shame? Where's the shame? Where's the sense of shame?"

    I'm a huge fan of Andrew Bird, and I'm not sure why it's taken us this long to get some of his smart music into the playlist. He write songs that are fun to listen to, he's a seriously good violinist, and I love his approach to writing lyrics: "I like to give my audience credit for being smart and curious. Referencing historical figures helps give us perspective. Referencing current people makes a song seem cheap and disposable. That's my rule of thumb." Also, for further entertainment, check out his "Live From The Great Room" series on YouTube. (hat tip once again to Vera for this one.)

  11. "Every light is on but all the rooms are empty except one"

    Joan Amratrading is such a treasure.



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