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Alina Simone - "Country of 2". In the twenty-three months since I first wrote about Alina Simone, she has gone out of her house on the occasion of every thunderstorm and she has brought a mason jar. She stands under the low dark needles of a spruce and she leaves the jar in the open, with the lid off. Rain doesn't fall in the jar. She collects thunder and lightning dust. She collects the low cracked heat and the sharpness of the wind. When she went into the studio to record her debut LP, Placelessness, she again brought her mason jar. She put it on the studio floor and she opened it. But this time she did not collect lightning; she loosed it. She stood at the microphone with her guitar and felt the electricity like sharkfins. When the drummer hit the kick-drum the air flashed. She swallowed and sang, feeling the air tingle in her mouth. With every rhyme her heart thumpthumped. She closed her eyes and she longed, and she tried to sing the greyblack of what she had weathered.
Elsewhere:Posted by Sean at July 12, 2007 8:32 AM
Love the Aline Simone track. I haven't heard something like that in a long time.Posted by Jad at July 12, 2007 2:11 PM
"All the new thinking is about loss.
Hmm Alina is so gifted by talents that a bubble of joy always follow her everywhere she goes. She just add colours to every place she's visiting and the sun and moon meet each other each second above her just to make alina's smile brighter. World is just better with this girl somewhere on it.Posted by julien at July 12, 2007 5:12 PM
"The way a beauty can shock a forgotten feeling out of you: a certain walk, a certain laugh, a certain sky, a certain place."
Wow, I'm *certain* I couldn't have described it any better. A beautiful description of a beautiful song. Yay, Sean!Posted by robin at July 12, 2007 7:15 PM
What a shock to discover I've been reading StG for 23 months.
Keep up the good work, gentlemen.Posted by Jeff at July 17, 2007 11:05 PM