Appalachian Mountain Station

The Canadian band the Bicycles was active from 2000 to 2009, then regrouped in 2012.

I first heard their music on CBC Radio 3 when the Internet-based station played “Appalachian Mountain Station” from the group’s fourth and latest album, Stop Thinking So Much (2013).

The album title’s admonishment is perhaps a good thing to keep in mind on a Friday if you are heading into a weekend away from work or if the pressures of life are getting you down. Or if none of that applies, it’s just a great song. I’ve liked it since first hearing it, and bought the digital album in 2014.

The Bicycles have a light and refreshing sound, and I particularly enjoy Dana Snell’s vocals. Plus, bonus points to the group for naming themselves after a fantastic invention, one that I spend a lot of time on.

A bit of serendipity I hadn’t thought of when I decided to post this song: The northern section of the Appalachian Mountains in the United States encompasses the Berkshires, a place I don’t know, but have heard much about this week, after the death of a new friend I mentioned in a few posts. He lived in that area and hosted many gatherings there over the years.

“People talking like they do
Running their mouths
Blaming, shaming
Doesn’t matter what they call me
I’ve been forgiven
Appalachian Mountain Station
I’ve been forgiven”

(transcribed from “Appalachian Mountain Station,” by the Bicycles)

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

Happy Friday, happy weekend, stay safe and take care.

Here’s the audio from the Bicycles Bandcamp album page, where you can buy the album starting at 6.00 CAD… at that price, you can hardly afford not to buy it! The Bicycles also have a lot of music posted on their official YouTube channel, though this album doesn’t appear there.

I have not been able to find a site with lyrics to the song, but they are fairly easy to figure out when listening to the song.

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