Monday, April 7, 2014

Came a Tabby

The babe lay
in the crib
a-cryin' and cryin'

Footsteps in the hall
were not to be heard
no one rushin'
out of bed
  to comfort
     and soothe

No, the house
  it sat vacant
hushed and hidden
  in the middle
  of the lane

from the woods
  behind the house
came a tabby

She snuck in
wand'rin' the house,
 drinking a bit
  of milk
from the fridge

upon finding the crib
  that tabby,
well, she said,
       shush now,
close your eyes
the world will go away,
if but,
    for awhile,
just close your eyes

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardner

  Not a ton of music videos feature sporting events. And yet the video for Courtney Barnett's Avant Gardner is one of three that I can think of off the top of my head featuring tennis. The other two being "Giving Up the Gun" by Vampire Weekend and "Calamity Song" by The Decemberists, but that one actually has a variation of tennis from David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. Anyway, I guess indie bands like tennis?

  Avant Gardner is a strange stream of consciousness song that kind of winds around and around, detailing a not so average morning. The dream waves of the guitars and Barnett's mesmerizing mostly spoken word will draw you in. You'll be singing about breathing problems in no time. Hope you enjoy.

Courtney Barnett
Avant Gardner