Wake Up

It’s been a while since I posted something by the Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire. This afternoon, I went down an Internet rabbit hole, scouting out some songs I’d thought of or captured on the Shazam app recently. And as I surfed, my searches for other songs and artists and YouTube’s algorithms brought me toContinue reading “Wake Up”

Stay

Seventy-four years ago today, English singer, songwriter, musical innovator and actor David Robert Jones was born. Professionally he became known as David Bowie, an artist who crossed and mixed many musical genres and performance styles in his long, influential career. I’ve featured Bowie’s songs several times before on this blog: “A New Career in aContinue reading “Stay”

Country Livin’ (The World I Know)

Here’s a song I’ve thought of posting a few times before. Esthero’s “Country Living (The World I Know)” from the album Breath from Another (1998) is a song our oldest lad used to play on the stereo when he was living with us around the year 2000. I’ve always liked the vibe of it. BackContinue reading “Country Livin’ (The World I Know)”

Hot Thoughts

Spoon (not to be confused with the Canadian 80s avant-garde band Spoons) is another band I know very little about, though I believe the Austin, Texas group, formed in 1993, has a big following in the indie-rock world. I heard the song “Hot Thoughts” a while after the band released it on the album ofContinue reading “Hot Thoughts”

Deep Blue

The most powerful films I’ve seen leave me rapt in attention to the music at the ending credits… often wishing the film just wouldn’t end. In my imagination, I’ve pretended that some of my most favourite songs were the ending themes to movies. I mentioned in my post on Dire Straits’ song “Sultans of Swing”Continue reading “Deep Blue”

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

We have come to the second-last track on Arcade Fire’s 2010 album, The Suburbs. The song begins with a bounding, hopeful-sounding beat, and there is a soft, almost playful affect to Regine Chassagne’s voice, in contrast to the conflict-charged vocals in previous tracks sung by her lover in the story (and partner in real life),Continue reading “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

We Used to Wait

It’s time for another selection from The Suburbs by Arcade Fire. “We Used to Wait” is the 13th track on the album. The song continues the theme of waiting that comes in on “Suburban War,” and I interpret this as similar to the often painful waiting that goes on in any conflict. At the WinnipegContinue reading “We Used to Wait”

Suburban War

On this next look at The Suburbs, we’re on to “Suburban War,” the ninth track on the album. Today’s song strikes me as being like a soliloquy in a play. Perhaps it’s an interlude meant to catch the audience up on what’s happening in the suburbs as the young people get ready to grow up,Continue reading “Suburban War”

Half Light I

We’re on to the seventh song on Arcade Fire’s album, The Suburbs. Carrying on with my notion of a rock opera, this song might be called an andante, a fairly slow movement. It has a steady drum beat complemented by the strumming of the electric guitar. I really enjoy the harmonies in the slowed-down piece,Continue reading “Half Light I”

Empty Room

We’re continuing to explore The Suburbs, by Arcade Fire. Jumping ahead to the fifth track on the album, today’s selection is “Empty Room.” If, like I’ve said before, as recently as Monday, that the album were a rock opera, well, this song would be an allegro due to its fast pace. The dual violins atContinue reading “Empty Room”

Ready to Start

Today, we are continuing with Arcade Fire’s album, The Suburbs. (By the way, we won’t get to all the tracks, as there are 16 songs on the album!) The second song on the album is “Ready to Start.” It was, rather appropriately, the song their The Suburbs concert began with. It’s a great opening songContinue reading “Ready to Start”

No One

Today, we’re back to the band that was the subject of my first post this blog, back in January 2020, “Heaven,” by The Psychedelic Furs. I initially thought I’d post another of their old singles, “Here Come Cowboys,” which has been another favourite and comes from the same album, 1984’s Mirror Moves. Maybe another time… “Heaven”Continue reading “No One”

(the actual) Birthday

“Yes, we’re going to a party, party (No we’re not!)Yes, we’re going to a party, party (No, we’re not!)Yes, we’re going to a party, party (No, we’re not!)” (adapted for COVID-19 ‘extreme social distancing,’ from “Birthday,” by John Lennon, Paul McCartney) Today, they say it IS my birthday; is it your birthday, too, yeah? HappyContinue reading “(the actual) Birthday”

Everything_Now (continued) / Everything Now

One of our boys introduced me to Arcade Fire when, on a visit here, he bought their first full-length album, Funeral, not long after it was released, and played it at our home. (They named the album in recognition of the fact several band members had deaths in their families around the time it wasContinue reading “Everything_Now (continued) / Everything Now”

Stay by Me

For me, sometimes the measure of a really great song is if I feel that it belongs in a film when the ending credits roll (for more on that idea, see my January 12, 2020 post on “Sultans of Swing”). You know; it’s that moment you realize the movie is ending, but you want itContinue reading “Stay by Me”

Seventeen

I first heard the song “Seventeen” by Sharon Van Etten on KEXP Seattle, one of my go-to sources for music. The song is also the subject of an episode of the podcast, Song Exploder, where artists break down the recording of their songs. (I provide a link below… bookmark it; I highly recommend listening toContinue reading “Seventeen”