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The Luyas - "Dumb Blood". I'm all mixed up, Jessie Stein sings, and without distress. It's a state of the union address. It's like showing us the palms of her hands. This is how she is. And meanwhile I'm in my apartment on Parc Avenue and I stick my head out the window into the rainfall and I see her walking in her blue dress, soaked from the storm, hair dripping & lifting & curling. And I want to tell her hi, yeah, I see you. Hey there. And I want to tell her to step onto the cloud she's made, the little one floating beside her, and to go sailing into the gale. In spite of her dumb blood. In spite of all that's wrong and all the crash and want and blow and oh. Her friends are playing her pain with drums and french horn, the kids from Torngat and Bell Orchestre, but they'll trace her gladnesses too. This is the suggestion I'd make, the kindness I'd offer for a song as marvelous as this. I'd try to offer a trade: some hope in exchange for this great glowing ache.
On the final track they remake "Family Tree" as an instrumental, Perri not even in the room, all its stuffing laid bare. (And this you will have to buy.)
Tuwa's appeared at the Tofu Hut, to tell a beautiful lie about Betty Davis.Posted by Sean at August 15, 2007 6:30 AM
this is my favourite blog and i read it every dayPosted by richard at August 15, 2007 8:11 PM
May I ask where that Perri mp3 came from? Do you have an advance? It must be wonderful, judging from this and "The Drums".Posted by Ryan at August 16, 2007 9:27 AM
arnulf: I like Moomins, and windows, and it felt like the right thing. But the photo's not of my house.
richard: thank you!
Ryan: Yes, I was sent the CD. As I say in the post, it's really marvelous. I highly recommend you go for the pre-order.Posted by Sean at August 16, 2007 10:21 AM
I was going to write about the same song from Tiny Mirrors Sean, though the rework of Double Suicide is rather fine. It's an excellent album.Posted by shane at August 16, 2007 10:37 AM
I'm a LIAR!
Such a strange and wonderful Sandro Perri song you've found.Posted by tuwa at August 16, 2007 1:11 PM
Sean, i read your posts not only to listen to some new great tunes i've not heard of yet, but also just to read your compositions. they read like little excerpts from novels and i do very much enjoy your wee "stories." imaginative and surreal.
are you sad i've not sent you more cds in the mail lately? i know how much you look forward to those awful yellow envelopes filling your mailbox ;)
thanks for the luyas.
CamPosted by Camille at August 16, 2007 5:16 PM
The lyrics in "Dumb Blood" are very relatable, I like that she sings quietly, it makes you become more attentive to the other aspects in the song.Posted by Susanna at August 17, 2007 8:58 PM
made an AMV from the sandro perri song you recommended.Posted by cox1356 at August 24, 2007 3:00 PM
Wonderful music. Thank you. I pre-ordered the Sando Perri album as you suggested.Posted by Dan at August 28, 2007 7:14 AM
Nice work on 'The Luyas'
keep up the good times.Posted by D.D. Banful at November 5, 2007 1:16 PM
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