I heard “Big Dipper” a few weeks ago on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters on KEXP Seattle, and felt an immediate connection to it. Sometimes it’s not even the words, but the mood that a piece as a whole creates. KEXP plays some fabulous music; I can’t say I like all their choices, but they often put on some fabulous sets of music, and I’ve discovered a lot of my music through their DJs including mainstays Waters, John Richards (morning), and Kevin Cole (afternoons).
Watching the video I’ve linked to below reminds me of attending live performances in small venues; the perfect way to experience music shared in a more intimate connection between the performers and small audiences. Attending shows and concerts is something I’ve always loved doing — especially bands with close connections to me like my lad and the folks in Kieran West and His Buffalo Band (and his solo and other works through Kieran West Music). I wonder when we’ll get back to standing cheek-to-jowl in small venues but, surprisingly, I’m not pining away for it… just patiently waiting… and listening to lots of music at home or in the car. In the car, I hear Sweety sing along to almost everything, even songs she doesn’t know. I like that. It’s comforting and grounding in this messed up world.
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 a 2008 video of a stunning, live performance of the song from the Blue Rose Records official YouTube channel: