I grew up in a very musical household and have a deep love and appreciation for music. If I could pick my dream career, I’d travel the world playing piano and singing. I can’t sing or play piano, though, so I have to settle for listening to Sara Bareilles. If I had to choose between being blind or deaf (not a choice I ever want to make), I would choose to be blind. I don’t know if I could ever deal with the depression that would come with realizing that I would never listen to music again. Never hear the opening to “Daytripper” again? I can’t even imagine how terrible that’d be. Even though I already love music, certain things get me extra pumped up about it (i.e. concerts). Since the Maroon 5 concert last week, I’ve been listening to Neon Trees on Spotify, which led me to subscribe to my friend, Sarah’s, Justin Timberlake playlist, which gave me withdrawls for The Lumineers album that I’ve listened to at least once a day since I bought it last month. I listened to The Lumineers at work this week, which made me think about R.E.M. for some reason. So I listened to them, which made me think about the Old 97’s, so I listened to them next.
I remember listening to the Old 97’s on The Adventure Club in the 90s. When I met Olga, she had tape recordings of Old 97’s CDs/tapes from her brother. She even let me copy them from her. That’s a true friend, folks! I’m trying to get rid of my DVDs and CDs now (finally got rid of the last of my cassette tapes last year), but I haven’t been able to part with my Old 97’s CDs yet. I have the songs on my computer, iPod, iPhone, and cloud drives, but I still can’t part with the physical discs. At this point, I should say that my favorite type of song is what I call a Happy Broken Heart song. These are sad songs with upbeat tempos. One of my favorite Old 97’s Happy Broken Heart songs is “Big Brown Eyes”. Fans of the Old 97’s know this as a classic tune that was actually recorded on two different albums. To me, the biggest difference between the two are the lines, “I’ve got issues, yeah / Like I miss you, yeah”. I think Rhett Miller sounds more desperate on Wreck Your Life than he does on Too Far To Care, and I like the desperate version better. [Insert joke here] On that note, please enjoy this Happy Broken Heart song!