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Our Generation Defines Ourselves by our Music

True. Every generation in the last hundred years has. But with the internet, downloading, iPods, and constant access to new music, it’s easier to create share, and live by music.

Every Monday I’ll be posting a song of the week. Something I listened to frequently, and something there’s a chance you may not know.

This week’s selection is a new song from one of my all-time -favorite bands. Released on January 18, 2011, The Decemberists’ new album The King is Dead sees the talented songwriters and musicians foraying into the world of folk and Americana. The resulting album may be less epic than previous outings, but is just as clear and beautiful as anythingthey’ve ever done.

I present to you, June Hymn.

Colin Meloy’s talent for wordplay has never ceased to amaze me. A sampling:

Here’s a hymn to welcome in the day
Heralding a summer’s early sway
And all the bulbs all coming in
To begin
The thrushes bleating battle with the wrens
Disrupts my reverie again

Pegging clothing on the line
Training jasmine how to vine
Up the arbor to your door
And more
You’re standing on the landing with the war
You shouldered all the night before

And once upon it
The yellow bonnets
Garland all the lawn
And you were waking
And day was breaking
A panoply of song
And summer comes to Springville Hill

Panoply. I mean. Come on. Who even talks like that any more? Oh yeah. This guy. 🙂

Bonus: For those of you who find The Decemberists too mainstream…..

Meet You Me and Apollo. Saw him perform at a coffeehouse in Fort Collins last weekend on my birthday. Incredible performance energy from a guy and his guitar. About four minutes in he starts a song called “Circles and Graves” that is currently a favorite.

Written by Taylor Webster

February 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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