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HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN by J.C. Fogerty from CCR

Yesterday, and days before, sun is cold and rain is hard
I know, been that way for all my time
‘Til forever on it goes through the circle fast and slow
I know, and it can’t stop, I wonder.

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ANNIE, LET’S NOT WAIT by Guillemots

I found something dying; it was my light
It had resigned itself to night
So I threw it out a fishing line
And said catch your will and then catch mine.

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Claire Denis & Tindersticks

There is wonderful meaning to be found in the films of Claire Denis. They are stories simply told by an extremely observant director, who doesn’t lecture or moralize. It is all beautifully done and with a delicacy that marks her films indelibly. She lends, rather than thrusts, her directorial voice to them, and allows her actors room to dream and by so doing allows her audiences complete freedom as well. She nudges and implies with great subtlety.
It is hard for a Tindersticks fan like me to imagine music by the band without the plaintive lyrics and haunting voice of Stuart Staples, but in films by Clair Denis, that is mostly what the original compositions by the band are. In the films as well, there is usually very little dialogue and the original music which Tindersticks has composed, allows the audience to put their own words to the films and to say what the actors, the director and Tindersticks mastefully leave unsaid.
For the fist six and a half minutes of 35 Rhums (35 Shots Of Rum) there is no dialogue only the melancholy of piano, oboe and the sound of a train running on tracks as we are introduced to the characters in the film. It really is about as good as a collaboration between the visual and aural mediums can be. It is artistic craftsmanship of an exceptional degree; full of warmth, sad smiles and ultimately wisdom.

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Buddy Holly’s ‘Not Fade Away’…

Yes, Florence, you can tell us what to do whenever you’d like to!

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO GO TO A BEAUTIFUL WEBSITE AND TO THE COVER OF THIS SONG BY FLORENCE WELCH.

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FINGERPRINTS by I Am Kloot

But if heaven is a place upon your skin
That I may have touched from without to within
Well then dust yourself of fingerprints and grin.

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Bon Iver by Bon Iver

I have just listened to Bon Iver, due for release on June 21, the eponymous album by the hugely talented Justin Vernon and his band and think that it will be one of the most important albums released this year, and if not important, then definitely one of the most beautiful. Below is an excerpt from what Rolling Stone had to say…

“For a self-titled LP, it sounds more like an exploration than a statement of purpose. But it’s the searchingness that makes it potent.”

Listen to it and maybe you will wonder if this is what William Golding meant by “violently searching” in the opening paragraph of Free Fall.

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