On a recent iPod-shuffle binge a couple songs came on that reminded me love songs can be simple and lovely and don’t have to be about the early crazy-sex/burning loins phase or the flip side to that: the miserable end of a relationship. I’m at a point in my life where I’ve become more comfortable in my own skin despite my anxiety and things with Mr. Bee are sailing along nicely; we’re in the midst of some big and chaotic life changes but we’re a team, we’ve been together a long time and don’t need public and obnoxious declarations of love to know it’s there and there isn’t an end in sight. It was nice to be reminded that love songs exist for this kind of a relationship. Just a reminder that we love each other, we aren’t going anywhere, we’re perfectly content with just being, we’ve gone through some heavy shit and we’ve come out on the other side stronger than ever and with a deeper appreciation for each other. So here they are:
1) Wilco: Dawned On Me (The Whole Love) Because when Jeff Tweedy sings: I can’t help it if I fall in love with you again / I’m calling just to let you know it dawned on me I am right there with him. I still won’t and can’t with the Popeye cartoon video (Google it) so here’s this:
2) Beyoncé: Countdown (4) Who knew my love-hate relationship with Beyoncé would finally tip towards the “love” side with this song? Honestly, it could’ve easily been Love On Top but she really just nails it in the lyrics: Still the one I need, I will always be with you / Oh, you got me all gone, don’t ever let me go / Say it real loud if you fly
If you leave me you’re out of your mind (emphasis mine because, really now).
Can’t stop smiling pt. 2
If you were lucky enough to be at this weekend’s Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival you had the opportunity to get first dibs on the band’s new single “I Might” with their cover of Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label” as the B-side. The single won’t officially be available for purchase until July 19 and their new album, The Whole Love, is due in September.
Personally, I’m loving this new song with its prominent fuzzy bass and crunchy guitar solo. If this is what ‘Dad Rock’ sounds like then sign me up. More, please!
It has been reported (everywhere) that Wilco are hunkered down in their Lakeview loft recording a new album but that hasn’t stopped Jeff Tweedy from taking time out for a mini solo acoustic tour of sorts where he has been unveiling a bunch of new songs like the gorgeous and romantic “Open Your Mind” which he recently debuted in Canada. I’ll be curious to see if these new songs end up on the Wilco album. I’m writing this because I realized that Tweedy stops by The Vic this weekend for two benefit shows. You can expect to see yours truly and The Naughty Librarian® swooning out of control. (I’ll be the fool that can’t put her camera away – so don’t bump me or get in my way!)