Real Life

Happy Friday, friends! Another week of sweatpants and BritBox. Though I did shave today and put on “button pants” as the talking dog character in Pluto Living calls them.

I’m delving once again into the vast store of musical delights that Guy Garvey played this past weekend on BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour. Today’s song appeared in the last half-dozen tracks in the same episode I drew from yesterday.

“Real Life” comes from Joan Wasser, who performs under the stage name, Joan as Police Woman. I’ve never heard of her before, but her sound is just the kind of vibe I expect to hear on Garvey’s program. The sound reminds me a little of slower pieces by Rufus Wainwright (who has also been featured on Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour). I’m not sure how well known Wasser is; the video for today’s song has only 768 views, though to be fair, it is buried away from the main page of her YouTube channel.

The song is a simple ballad, voice and piano, with occasional strings, and I find it quite appealing. The lyric seems to be telling a lover, matter-of-factly, “What you see is what you get.” A useful message for partners who want to remake their lovers. This notion recalled for me a Royal Mile actors’ promotion for a 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe play (which Sweety and I finally saw at a Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival a few years later), called I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the official audio for the song from Joan as Police Woman’s YouTube channel:

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