Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Song of the Day - Shady Lane



This is one of my favorite songs. I can say that now because I have been listening to it for almost ten years, and I am still deeply affected by it. Sometimes I'm comforted, I'm sometimes saddened, but I always feel reminded that there is more to life -- both bigger problems and smaller joys -- than I can keep in mind all at once.

Steve Malkmus gets most of the press, and his brilliant lyrics are never better than in this song, which I think are about how thoughtful young men of our generation, who were assured by our shoddy info-tainment culture only that there were no rules left to break, nonetheless come to a realization that the finest moments of our life are contemplative, personal, monogamous and often tinged with the bittersweet realization that time is taking pieces of us with it as it passes through us. It is best to find someone to love, and that process has nothing to do with the bright lights and loud noises of the fast lane. But Mark Ibold's rich, melancholy bass guitar with its tones like rails on an old wooden bannister, is equally beautiful.

The Spike Jonze video is a fine piece of work, on its own.