Yes, This Is The Song
by Dan
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I was struck by something Sean wrote about other blogs. He said that there's so many going now, that there's no pressure. We don't have to write about anything we don't want to. And I guess I knew that already, but reading it like that was different somehow. So I'm posting Calvin Johnson (posted by Tim Moore on Friday) and Magnetic Fields (over-posted to death). Also, I feel pretty strung-out on painkillers, so forgive.

Calvin Johnson - "Rabbit Blood"

I've been watching a lot of zombie movies recently, and am currently drinking V8, and have an interest in early Nicolas Cage, so drinking blood actually seems pretty cool to me. And if this were the first song at my party, things would get straight out o' hand. I would not be like Calvin Johnson: sturdy as a rock, as if called in to handle vocals, whose through-line style makes the subtlest variations ("rabbit blow-ud") all the more important, pertinent. I would not be like that.



Magnetic Fields - "It's Only Time"

I only got this album a few days ago, and heard this song on the bus, and I literally started crying. In front of strangers. I couldn't believe it. Especially since this is the CHEESIEST FUCKING SONG I'VE EVER HEARD. But something was so true about it, so honest and right. It's like having vaseline over your eyes, but sometimes, and Merrit knows this better than you or I, it's time. I wondered about the people who've used this as their wedding song. If they were still together.


Posted by Dan at November 7, 2005 3:30 AM

When you get your wisdom teeth out you suddenly become part of this Wisdom Teeth Veterans club, where you try to have the best length of surgery/swollen face/mushy food/painful recovery/painkiller insanity story. I just try to have the most slashes.

Your cheesy song didn't make me cry, so I guess I'm more man than you. It did make me want to listen to "45 Years" by Stan Rogers, though. Interesting that while your song says 100 years "it's only time", Stan thinks 45 years is an impressive commitment. Once again, winning on the manliness front. Sigh...

I would

Posted by Mariana at November 7, 2005 10:43 AM

Agreed on both the "CHEESIEST FUCKING SONG" and "it's time" sentiments. (You're pretty damn brave for admitting to like it in the open, though.)

I secretly hope that Merrit created it as a straight honest pop song - but in the back of my mind I wonder if it's another meta-song about meta-love. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh :(

Posted by Alpha at November 7, 2005 1:16 PM

At times like these, it pays to still believe in the Tooth Fairy.

Posted by moominpappa at November 7, 2005 4:23 PM

"I" is a wonderful album--at least the first half--and a little undervalued. "I Don't Believe You," "I Thought You Were My Boyfriend" and "I Wish I had an Evil Twin" are great, top-notch Magnetic Field songs. I'm just not crazy about most of the second half.

Posted by pageblank at November 7, 2005 7:06 PM

Gotta be honest, didn't find it that cheesy. Actually enjoyed it alot. But I'm a soft(puss)y.

Pineapples help heal, Danny.

Posted by Roger at November 7, 2005 7:27 PM

I played a show with Calvin in Hawaii. One song in, he goes on a Jesus spiel for 15 minutes which basically clears the space out. I leave for a beer, come back and sit through his set, being "nice"....we were waiting to grab our gear. :) Rabbit Blood is probably his best song, or rather the only one that caught my then. So yeah, I still dont like it....but its alot better with the drums, etc. To Zombies who heal the blind, cory.

Posted by Cory at November 8, 2005 4:16 AM

That Magnetic Fields song made me think of 'The Wedding Song' by Paul Stookey from Peter Paul and Mary. Is that a bad thing?


Posted by Mike at November 8, 2005 5:13 PM

That Stephen Merrit could take on a cliche this hoary and make a song this beautiful convinces me that he can do anything.

Posted by David at November 13, 2005 7:44 PM

i just listened to the magnetic fields song while reading the description for "rabbit blood". needless to say i was a bit confused. don't worry i figured it out. although i think the experience was ruined.

Posted by tim+ at November 14, 2005 11:44 AM

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