Rhythm lingers on and on

February 15th, 2007

The gauntlet has been thrown.

After much pushing, I finally got a review at work.  I was getting a little frustrated about reviewing everyone else, when seemingly I was tripping along getting no feedback at all.  Difficult I guess when the only person in the position to review you is hardly ever in the country.  I’m not sure I got all that much feedback in the end to be honest – what it did give me, though, was a place to air the frustrations I’d been experiencing.  And goals I wanted for myself and my job.  Also, she told me I needed to be a lot more organized with my time.  This is not news to me, however, when you have maybe 15 hours of work to fit into 8, something’s gotta give.

Today the ante was officially upped.  Throw a trip to Adelaide in the mix of a fairly hectic few weeks and some crazy stuff at work and you end up with an interesting scenario.  I will manage, because I have to.  I swear though – I should probably just book the whole of May off, because by then I might be in a foetal position on the floor.

I will be AWOL over coming days due to the sister being in situ.  Also, I’m trying to find a way to hit 4 bands in two venues on Saturday night – at least both venues are around 3 blocks from one another.  That should make it logistically easier :)

This next week I need to listen to some Calexico.  It’s been a while and I’d like to give my ears some listening time before next Sunday.  Itellyouwhat though, that Calexico | Iron & Wine EP they released a little while ago??  Holy moly.  I have been a massive fan of those songs since I picked up the album and I was only listening to it again today and remembering how wonderful it is.  I’ve also found it’s perfect driving music – a long highway + He Lays In the Reins = bliss.

The song History of Lovers is misleadingly upbeat.  The lyrics are kinda dark though but also very beautiful –

Some they saw in me innocent poetry
Some, some they’ll never be certain
But still it’s been written, a history of lovers
Given and taken in ink

The opening of the song Red Dust makes me in voluntarily tap my feet, regardless of where I am.  It has an almost desolate and lonely feel to it though, even after the tempo picks up and the drums kick in.  The vocals are pretty quiet and unassuming throughout the whole thing (particularly on songs like Sixteen, Maybe Less and Dead Man’s Will), which is normally not at all what I go for at all, but for some reason with this music it works.  You get lulled into a sort of soundscape, with the whispering, harmonized voices, the meandering guitar riffs and the at times almost spooky brass.

Anyway – how did I get on to that?  Oh yes.  Calexico.  Next weekend.  Hooray! :)


4 Responses to “Rhythm lingers on and on”

  1. Marmalade on February 15, 2007 10:18 pm

    Um, just wanted to say that I love reading your blog every now and then. You don’t get many comments (who does?) but the unselfconscious way you link music-memories-life reminds me of how music can just punch me in the soft places under my heart, too.

    So I guess this is a You = Tops comment. Keep up the good work etc.

    Can I recommend a CD? Try Roots & Crowns by Califone. Listening to it right now and it’s all kinds of nice.

  2. Karen on February 15, 2007 10:26 pm

    Wow – that might be one of the nicest comments I have ever gotten. Thanks so much for taking the time to write it, and for also taking the time to read what I write. It’s always so nice and a little surprising to me when people not only read the stuff I put here but relate on to it some level too.

    And I LOVE music recommendations, so I will most certainly check that out. Thanks :)

  3. Ro on February 16, 2007 1:44 pm

    Here’s another recommendation Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron & Wine – it’s a great listen and wonderful to play on the guitar. I’m hoping he’d be here to support Calexico because I really want to hear Dead Man’s Will live.

  4. Karen on February 18, 2007 10:19 pm

    Thanks heaps Ro – I’ve been meaning to pick up some more Iron & Wine for some time now so you’ve given me a place to start! It would be so awesome if he came to support Calexico – hearing Red Dust live would be so so great.

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