Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen. Repent just means to change direction – and NOT to be said by someone who is waggling their forefinger at you. Repentance is a blessing. Pick a new direction, one you wouldn’t mind ending up at, and aim for that. Shoot the moon.
The Midnight Planétarium watch was a collaboration between Van Cleef & Arpels and Christiaan van der Klaauw. The watch is made of 396 separate parts and features the six closest planets orbiting the sun in real time (Uranus and Neptune were left out because you probably won’t live long enough to see either one complete a full orbit).
Noah Gundersen – “Poor Man’s Son” (live in studio)
Pairs Well With…Bright Eyes, James Vincent McMorrow, Damien Rice
I was able to chat with Noah Gundersen through last year’s SXSW coverage in a conversation surrounding song forms, mentioning how his focus in 2013 was to experiment a bit outside the minimal, folk box. The result arrived this week in Ledges. Gundersen’s debut LP covers new ground, from the a cappella gospel of opener “Poor Man’s Son” to the rock edge of the title track. In between are songs of beauty, of grace. Stunning.
2013 Review: Pacific Northwest singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen carries a great deal of power both with his lyrics and his voice. There’s a pained edge that coats Gundersen’s melodies. Musically, this is best described as dark, acoustic folk. It’s a minimal presentation as often only accompanied by his sister Abby on violin and backing vocals. That’s about it on record, but some live videos reveal a full band in tow. This simple backbone allows Gundersen to go into full storytelling mode and allows the listener to really focus on the words. Gundersen draws influence from the folk greats of the 60s, finding simple and effective rhyming patterns to present his introspective lyrics. I’m pretty enamored track-by-track as I’ve been listening and would love to spend a set at SXSW taking in the quiet presence of Noah Gundersen.
The main thing is just to try to be nice. You already are – so lovely I burst, darling – and so I want you to hang on to that and never let it go. Keep slowly turning it up, like a dimmer switch, whenever you can. Just resolve to shine, constantly and steadily, like a warm lamp in the corner, and people will want to move towards you in order to feel happy, and to read things more clearly. You will be bright and constant in a world of dark and flux..