Sunday, April 10, 2011

Weekend Songs



7 comments:

  1. That Jolene video is weird. When I want to torture my bf, I sing that chorus in a screechy wenchy ancient cow-calling voice. But we -do- listen to Dolly records while we're eating dinner. The love is certainly there.

    The newer version (I hadn't heard this one) adds something almost adolescent to it. Dolly's voice is really vulnerable, but has a tone of, "I'm being realistic about this, woman to woman."

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. I've never heard of Mindy Smith before, but what an odd video. The Dolly cameo (writing the word "Jolene" over and over creeps me out and makes me feel like we're in Lynchian territory (it's not a cliche - many, many things make me feel like I'm in Lynchian territory). (OK, I guess that doesn't stop it from being a cliche, but it's my cliche.) The other thing I felt was odd -- if not "wrong" -- was the inclusion of the tempted male and the temptress. The whole point of "Jolene" to me was always the claustrophobic anxiety of the singer, because you never knew who Jolene or the singer's "man" were. And also, judging superficiality superficially, the singer is much more attractive than the temptress, making it hard to believe -- given the only information we have, which is visual, that he would pick the latter over the former.

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  3. Dan, superficially, I always have that problem with Jolene when I hear Dolly singing it, too. Dolly's really hot. I don't know what kind of auburn hair or emerald eyes can turn a guy away from that, but it must be, like, witchcraft ersomething.

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  4. I love Daniel. One of my favorite songs.

    I'm not istening to the other one. I am very faithful to Dolly.

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  5. Dan, I thought the same thing -- that the singer is more attractive than the supposed "Jolene."

    Joan Elaine -- I don't know who Mindy Smith is, but I love her version, actually. She has a beautiful voice and it's such a great song. But the video is not the greatest.

    I've been listening to that Bat for Lashes album all weekend.

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  6. I've been meaning to get into Bat for Lashes. She reminds me of Kate Bush, minus Kate Bush's occasional vocal resemblance to an activated smoke alarm. (Natasha Khan also evidently has a duet with Scott Walker on one of her albums, which is also a big attention-getter for me.)

    I'm not sure why, but the Mindy Smith version of "Jolene" makes me think you should seek out Kelly Joe Phelps' version of Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene" -- maybe b/c both strike me as fathful renditions of their originals, only with the temperature turned down to about fifty. That's not always a great way to approach a cover, but sometimes it works; I think it does in these instances. (There's a live version of Phelps playing "Irene" on YouTube, but I recommend seeking out the album version, which he plays with a slide; I found it on Grooveshark, and I'm sure it's elsewhere.)

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  7. That song is on the same album as the above single. She reminds me of a different singer songwriter in almost every song. There's a piano track in which the resemblance to a Tori Amos melody is uncanny.

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