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Song-A-Day: January 4th

For January 4th we’d like to wish a happy birthday to Michael Stipe, lead singer and lyricist of the influential alternative rock band R.E.M. which formed way back in 1980 and only split-up recently in 2011. In celebration of Stipe’s birthday, our Song-A-Day is going to go to an R.E.M. song off of their 1985 album Fables of the Reconstruction entitled “Life and How to Live It”.

Burn bright through the night, two pockets lead the way
Two doors to go between the wall was raised today
Two doors remain before your others and your own
Keep these books well stocked away and take your happy home

My carpenter’s out and running about, talking to the street
My pockets are out and running about
Barking in the street to tell what I have hidden there

Burn bright through the night, two pockets lead the way
Two doors to go between the wall was raised today
Raise the walls and shout its flaws, a carpenter should rest
So that when you tire of one side the other serves you best

My carpenter’s out and running about, talking to the street
My pockets are out and running about
Barking in the street to tell what I have hidden there

The hills ringing hear the words in time
Listen to the holler, listen to my walls within my tongue
Can’t you see you made my ears go tin?
The air quicken tension building inference suddenly
Life and how to live it

Raise the walls and shout its flaws, a carpenter should rest
So that when you tire of one side the other serves you best
Read about the wisdom lost, a knock, a knock, a knock
A secret knock one hammer’s locked the other wisdom lost

My carpenter’s out and running about, talking to the street
My pockets are out and running about
Barking in the street to tell what I have hidden there

My carpenter’s out and running about, barking in the, listen to the holler
My pockets are out and running about
Barking in the street to tell what I have hidden there

Listen, listen to the holler,
If I write a book it will be called “Life and How to Live It”

Song-A-Day: January 3rd

January 3rd is the birthday of former The War on Drugs member and current solo artist Kurt Vile who released the fantastic album Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze last year. Here’s the semi-title track off of that album “Wakin on a Pretty Day”, and here’s to hoping you all get to experience something nearly as calming as this song you start your collective day.

Wakin’ in the dawn of day
I gotta think about what i wanna say
Phone ringin off the shelf
I guess he wanted to kill himself
Wakin on a pretty day
Don’t know why i ever go away
It’s hard to explain
My love in this daze

You can say i’ve been most all around
But honey i ain’t goin nowhere
Don’t worry bout a thing
It’s only dying
I love along a straight line
Nothin always comes to mind
To be frank, im fried
But i don’t mind

Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah

Been diggin
Layin low, low, low
I’m diggin
Layin low, low, low
Dig, dig in
To these lives that we are livin
Livin low
Lackadaisically so

Risin at the crack of dawn
I gotta think about what wisecrack
I’m gonna drop along the way today
Phone ringin off the shelf
I guess somebody got somethin they
Really wanna prove to us today

Wakin on a pretty day
For any place
No use sayin nothin
To explain it
To my loved ones today