Monday, May 18, 2015

My Music Monday

I picked Nickel Creek song for one of my 2014 best songs.

They are back on my radar, well.....yours. They've never really left mine.

Today's track, "Helena" is one song to which I keep coming back. It comes from an album released in 2005. A decade later, it still never gets old.

Nickel Creek would normally be considered a bluegrass band. Bluegrass, does not incorporate much other than acoustic stringed instruments. There is no electric anything, and no real drums or percussion.

So with that, "Helena" kind of breaks tradition, especially in the last third of the song. But that's ok, I don't hold it against them.

For me, I'm probably more of a lyrics man than one of music. It's hard for one to exist without the other - at least in popular music, which is probably why I stay away from most radio. The songs are soooooo poorly written in terms of the lyrics.

There is a joke in Pitch Perfect 2 regarding songs about which the character Beca replies: "so, that is basically any song on the radio, right?"

Truer words were never spoken.

So with "Helena" you get a story. A least kind of. About a guy, a girl.........and another girl. Back in the day, the male in the song would be called a 'cad'.

Of course, this is assuming one listens to the words being sung. Some people don't. But the music here is good too. It starts sparse and builds and builds.

Have fun with it.

Nickel Creek - "Helena"

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