All posts tagged: music

Dueling Banjos

On it’s own, the jangling banjo tune featured in the 1972 film Deliverance doesn’t have a hint of foreboding to it.

Billy Joe Armstrong’s Ordinary World

When Billy Joe Armstrong made his debut in the leading role for a movie in 2016’s Ordinary World, the film was less then well received. The accompanying soundtrack however, included a poignant song by Armstrong that had many convinced that he could have a second career as a folk singer. Sharing the same title as the film, Ordinary World was also included as the closing track on Greenday’s Revolution Radio. In 2017 they re-recorded the song with Miranda Lambert for the band’s greatest hits album.

Everyone’s holey

I read this and immediately thought of a moment from a family trip to Disney World. We had gotten an early start, and emerged from the hotel to find gardeners ripping up the flowers surrounding the fountain in front of the entryway. Although I recall the trip as being nothing but fun and full of good memories, ironically it’s is also the start of my understanding as a child of the difference between what was magical, and what was manicured. Though they be dented,deserving adoration,are flowers; humans. Everyone’s holey

Stay

I love when a band covers an unexpected song outside of there own genre and does it justice. 30 Seconds to Mars does exactly that with their soulful stripped down cover of Rihanna’s Stay, recorded in 2013 for BBC Radio’s live lounge.

Valerie

It’s been almost 15 years since Amy Winehouse’s album Black in Black was released, and 9 years since her death. Her cover of Rod Stewart’s Valerie is one of my favorites, and this video of her singing it in a plain room sitting in an oversized chair feels strangely timely in our new era of social distancing.