The fine folks at Music for Good talked to me about my work and asked about the five bands I’m listening to and loving right now. The post — and reasons for why I chose Local Natives, Yo La Tengo, The Shins, Wilco, and Florence & The Machine — can be found on the Music for Good site. Rock on.
When I was a kid, I loved wearing band buttons on my denim jacket. With news of R.E.M. calling it quits, it felt like a good time to bring out my R.E.M. buttons.
Today I’m dreaming of being Florence from Florence and the Machine, after finding myself mesmerized by “What the Water Gave Me,” the new single (and video; stills from it above). It begins with wanting to rock like she does. Then I would also like to get lost in her closet and her jewelry boxes full of fabulous trinkets….
Suddenly I turned around and she was standin’ there/With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair/She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns/‘Come in,’ she said, ‘I’ll give you shelter from the storm.’
Bob Dylan, “Shelter From the Storm”
“Here Comes the Sun Again,” M. Ward