More Lies For Sunny Windows
by Dan
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by Scott T.

Unknown Artist - "Sorban Palid"

Every night my grandfather would retire to the living room, the carpet worn from heavy traffic, and the tassels of the lampshade filled with smoke, and he would light his pipe and listen to this song. He never outright said he wanted to be alone, but I always assumed. One afternoon, the grey outside thick with fall, I sat just around the corner and listened. I stared at the floral print wallpaper and wondered what he was thinking about. Perhaps he was in a war I never heard about, and this was his song with a lover he had had over there. Or maybe he understood the language and it was an elegy to his own life. I peeked my head slowly around the corner, seeing his feet first, then the arms of the chair, and I saw him hunched over, bent focused, playing a scratch ticket. It was better than I thought. [Buy from K Records]

Posted by Dan at October 16, 2007 12:25 PM

Hey, this has nothing to do with your fine post but the banner art with the framed purple drawing would look way better on a white background. I don't know how hard that would be to implement but consider this my two cents on an otherwise fantastic design.

Posted by H at October 16, 2007 2:13 PM

Hype Machine stole the gramophone and the green!

Posted by Miguel at October 16, 2007 3:39 PM

Anybody know if the album mentioned above is available in a digital form somewhere? I like vinyl records and all, but they don't fit in my computer :)

Posted by Sam Lowry at October 17, 2007 4:51 PM

don't know why noone has said it yet - but this is a beautiful post... i read it with the music playing in the background and could smell the pipe smoke and hear the scratch scratch from the ticket. so nice scott - thank you.

Posted by Jeanne at October 25, 2007 2:42 AM

Seconded Jeanne, beautiful writing and music.

Posted by Aaron at October 29, 2007 12:54 PM

Euis Komariah have made a recording of Sorban Palid with Yus Wiradiredja in 1990. It is on the albun Sound of Sunda. I have several versions of it, but Komariahs version is absolutly the best.

Posted by Herman at August 31, 2008 12:26 PM

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