I'm in a pretty mellow mood tonight. Check out this song by the Magnetic Fields, "I'm Sorry That I Love You."
And another one by them, with an animation by some kid. Also a pretty seriously mellow song from the experimental pop group.
Here's a little John Hiatt, "the Love That Harms." I love Hiatt, and that love doesn't harm at all.
John Hiatt is maybe the greatest living singer-songwriter, now that Warren Zevon has run out of lawyers, guns and money. (Leonard Cohen is really a songwriter, don't much like his singing, so don't ask...) Hiatt is also a superb rock / blues balladeer. For instance... Hiatt wrote the following song, which B.B. King and Eric Clapton covered. Everybody agrees, Hiatt's version is better. Damn, as they say. Just damn.
On the topic of singer/songwriters... Iggy Pop is pretty special too. He's a lot like Lou Reed, maybe not the greatest guy in any given genre he's working in, but I guarantee you he is breaking ground. The Velvet Underground stuff *still* sounds really good. It hasn't aged in nearly 40 years. So too Iggy Pop's work with the Stooges. It was groundbreaking and it still holds up pretty well. Yeah, I know he's pretty far out there in a lot of respects. But the dude can write, and sing, a song.
And if you want to know who Henry Rollins and Jello Biafra wanted to be when they grew up, check this out.
And as long as I'm heading toward the primal... here's the song where Link Wray invented the power chord in 1958. How badass was this at the time? So badass, it was banned. No dirty lyrics, no dirty hips, no dirty models in tiny bikinis.
Good luck at Poolesville and Rocky Gap, y'all. Be badass, alright?