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17 January 2011

The power of a song, pt. 2

This one, sung by James Blake, but written by Feist.

People praise him for his combination of dubstep with evocative emotional chords rather than mere sound effects. But the underlying material don’t hurt. The thing is Feist too, understands the power of a song. Ergo this cover of Little Wing’s “Look at What the Light Did Now” which I’ve been meaning to share for awhile, from her documentary of the same name, in which she sings the song with it’s author present. (The film’s theme are the collaborative relationships which made her stardom even possible.)

The smartest artists realize that the line between what they make and what they create with others is so thin as to be non-existant — and that embracing that reality, and the collaborators themselves, is what will make them truly shine.

Like the light. No limit to love. Blah blah blah you say? Well, “Fuck You.” Twice. The best music is part of a continuum not a beginning or an end.

See what I’m talking about after the jump.
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7 January 2011

The power of a song

About a year ago, I found myself on the set of a late night television show on the same afternoon as a taping by the California group, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. At the time I didn’t take the band so seriously. Their leader, Edward Sharpe aka Alex Ebert, was formerly the lead singer of a not-so-serious band called Ima Robot. They were from Los Angeles, a city filled with not-so-serious bands, or at least bands I didn’t generally take that seriously (except maybe for the state’s more extreme punk bands). Worst of all, he seemed to be taking inspiration directly from a trend called freak-folk which, a few years after the trend has passed, kind of doesn’t require a long, drawn out explanation anymore.

Anyhoo, times have changed. I’ve come to realize the power of The Song to overwhelm sense, taste, aesthetics, reason.

That’s one of their songs.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

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