Thursday, May 10, 2007

Release Me

I have been spending the past few weeks embedded deep within the archives. As I have said before, I love being in the archives. It is where I feel most at home, most happy. I think it might be hard for anybody other than a historian to understand and truly appreciate what it feels like. But anyway, that isn't my point here.

Each "season" - each time I'm in the archives for a specific and significant period of time - I have a new playlist on my iTunes to accompany me. Normally when I'm reading in the archives I take my headphones off and need total silence. But once I start taking notes and copying down passages onto my PowerBook, my music comes on. It helps pass the time through the otherwise tedious task of satsifying my own anal accuracy.

(And just as an aside, I love how the majority of people in the British Library are fellow Mac users. It just goes to show that the smartest people in the world use Mac.)

Going back to my playlist. So the past couple of weeks, while I have been doing my latest hard-core 9am-5pm stint in the BL (alas, the OIOC reading room closes at 5pm!), the number one track on my playlist has been "Release Me" by the band Oh Laura. I guess one day this magnificent song will define May 2007 for me. Here it is:

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  • You have great taste in music.. I still have that one Bedouin Soundclash song you posted about a few months ago in my playlist.

    My new obsession is folky mellow stuff, The Weepies (http://www.myspace.com/theweepies), and Brett Dennen (http://www.myspace.com/brettdennen) Not a fan of the first and third song, but otherwise good stuff.

    By Blogger Trevelyana, at 5/11/2007 9:03 pm  

  • Oooh, loved The Weepies. Thanks for the intro! My new favourite song ("Gotta Have You").

    Do you like Stina Nordenstam? Kind of a random question seeing as she's not new at all, but I have a feeling you'll like her if you don't already know her. She had a track called "Little Star" on the "Romeo & Juliet" soundtrack from the mid-nineties that has remained one of my favourite songs of all time.

    We should share music with each other regularly - you can get me up-to-date on the new indie stuff in the States and I'll do my part to share what's coming out from this end! :)

    Oh, and the Bedouin Soundclash song is still on my playlist too!

    By Blogger Kleio, at 5/11/2007 9:37 pm  

  • Awesome. Not everyone can appreciate something quite that mellow :) I actually hadn't heard of Nordenstam, but I just downloaded it and when it turned bluesy, I simply fell in love.

    and of course I'd love a music mate! If you do MSN messenger, sharing folder is great for swapping music.
    I'm taking this Rock Music History class this semester, and I've become more obssessed. I still can't believe I get credit for sitting in class and listening to the Beatles :D

    By Blogger Trevelyana, at 5/12/2007 12:40 am  

  • Yeah, that part when the bluesy bit suddenly pops in is amazing. And I love the ending with the choir. :) That song is attached to so many memories for me. Some good, some sad. It's a perfect song.

    I don't do MSN but blog or Email swapping always works! My Email address is q8kleio@gmail.com.

    The class you're taking sounds amazing! I miss those fun classes in undergrad. You always end up learning more than you thought you would going in.

    By Blogger Kleio, at 5/12/2007 1:02 am  

  • Check your e-mail :)

    By Blogger Trevelyana, at 5/12/2007 7:47 pm  

  • what historical period are you most intersted or specialised in?

    As a historian..how do you know the truth from fiction and lies?

    By Blogger Traveleer, at 5/14/2007 11:19 am  

  • Oh wow, "release me" is one of the most amazing songs I've ever heard... I find myself in it. Thank you for sharing.

    By Blogger Harmonie22, at 5/15/2007 3:55 am  

  • Traveleer: Regarding your first question, unfortunately I don't share information about my research on my blog...for various reasons. But one day when I'm all done, I will, I promise! :)

    With regard to your question on how do I know the truth from fiction and lies...it's all part of the historian's trade! Seriously, that's one of the biggest questions that historians face and there are just way too many dimensions to the discussion...too complex, I think, to "answer" coherently here in this context. Again, terribly sorry!!

    Harmonie: Isn't it amazing? It's one of those songs you fall in love with on the spot. I love her voice. And you know what - I find you in it too! This is a song we have to one day sing together outside at the chalet as the sun comes up.

    Listen to the song "Gotta Have You" in Trevelyana's link for The Weepies in the first comment above. It's amazing. Also listen to "World Spins Madly On". Great stuff.

    By Blogger Kleio, at 5/15/2007 11:47 pm  

  • Oh, I already did :-)
    and I'm in love with them too.
    Both female vocalists (oh sara and the weepies) have these amazing alluring voices...
    seriously, I've listened to 'release me' at least 20 times since yesterday.

    By Blogger Harmonie22, at 5/16/2007 12:13 am  

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