Bright is one of those songs I loved instantly. I very quickly found I couldn’t get enough of it. Maybe it was because it’s such a raw recording and I can’t hear the lyrics.

I like to think I don’t focus on lyrics, and I really don’t, except that I liken them to a vocal instrument. When I can’t hear them so well it’s like I’m missing something. It leaves Bright with a little air of mystery in that regard. I’m cool with that. It’s such a young song that I don’t think we should know all its secrets yet.

Bright feels bright blue and kelly green to me. Bright, vivid lush warm-weather colors. It’s comfortable. Enveloping. Like long, plush dark green grass. I get lost in it.

Bright also has a song cousin which is very special to me. I’m not telling you which that may be, you’ll have to figure it out.

If you haven’t heard Bright, you’d better get on over to Kristin Hersh’s CASH Music page and sign in with your Strange Angels email and see the video. If you’re not a Strange Angel, you really should be.


Free Fall

I had such a stressful drive home Friday, trying to beat Friday Boston traffic for 3pm school pickup. I was late before the highway-blocking accident 10 minutes from school, it sucked. At least school didn’t yell at me, I sure wasn’t in the mood for that.

I was so aggravated by the time I got home. I jumped right back online, since I still had my workday to finish and something told me to check the Free Fall was up. I really needed it then.

I would’ve preferred to hear it when I was not half pissed off, but it did get me out of my funk although it took me a bit longer to feel it.

I really felt like I needed an afro the first couple of times I heard this, the grooviness popped out at me. Now I don’t focus on that so much anymore. It’s big. It’s beautiful. I love the lyrical quotes. The killer drums. The screaming guitar. The grooooooovy bass. It’s so strong. If songs were bones, Free Fall would be a femur.

These 50FOOTWAVE songs are so SMRT. (like that?) I love their brains and their complexity, my brain loves this, the structure, the precision. The perfection. I love how these first 3 songs have had such distinct personalities. They keep me thinking.

I’m so overwhelmed by Free Fall. It must seem like I’m ALWAYS overwhelmed. With Kristin’s music, I am.

Our delicate trauma.