Guest post: Chris from North Carolina, redux
In August, I wrote about the fabulous reader Chris from NC who took the time to send me five mix CDs and liner notes, and I posted some of the tracks off the first rock-themed collection.
There were four more discs full of goodness that were left shivering outside the blog love, so I wanted to move on to the next offering for your distinct enjoyment.
On this Friday afternoon, I'll share a little mini-mix of five excellent selections from mix disc #2, along with his comments, on today's guest blog. Let me repeat how much I enjoy hearing songs through other people's ears, filtered through their own experience. Dig these fresh tunes:
DO NOT MIX WITH ALCOHOL:
Lots of humble opinions, sad songs, and covers
We Will Become Silhouettes - The Shins
Love the Postal Service, but this one's better
Brilliant Disguise - Elvis Costello
Not so much a fan of Bruce's version, but I love the lyrics and EC's delivery. In easily the most surreal conversation of my life, Westerberg once told me you can call him E, but never Declan (his real name). You've been warned.
I Figured You Out - Mary Lou Lord
An Elliott Smith song that I could never find him doing. I think I really like this song in no small part because I can hear him singing it in my head.
Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Saint Etienne
Imaginative re-working of the old Neil Young song
More Than I Can Do - Steve Earle
Stalker song sometimes mistaken for a love song, along the lines of "Every Breath You Take." Only less played out.