The first song “The Gutter” opens with Tiersen playing a swirling violin melody accompanied by an acoustic guitar, a ukulele and keys. Tiersen doesn’t sing, but the lead singer’s voice is yearning and delightfully accented as well. (No names are given for the rest of the band). I liked the way the song built in intensity even while his voice retained that quiet style of singing.
For the second song, “Monuments” everyone switches around. Tiersen plays a lead 12 string acoustic guitar, the ukulele player is on keys and all four sing harmony lead. You can tell that Tiersen is not American because of the way the word “Monuments” is sung “all monYOUments…” which adds an exotic flavor to the song. The delicate keyboard sounds float nicely over the acoustic guitars.
They stay with this lineup for “Tribulations.” The singer from the first song and the acoustic guitarist sing lead. And everyone else joins on harmony. “The Trial” opens with the four singing a beautiful “ooh” in harmony. Then the other three sing a complex backing vocal while Tiersen sings lead.
There’s some really lovely melodies in this concert.
[READ: January 12, 2017] “Where is Luckily”
The June 6 & 13, 2016 issue of the New Yorker was the Fiction Issue. It also contained five one page reflections about “Childhood Reading.”
Having a child is like rereading your own childhood.
Galchen has a young daughter and that daughter has a some favorite stories. One is a Moomin (which I love), another is a Piggy & Gerald. Galchen says that if you read children’s book enough times, “they start to seem like Shakespeare.”
But she says that her daughter doesn’t read in a linear fashion. “What happens next” doesn’t seem to cross her mind. She reads them more like eternal landscapes: “In that sense, nothing is happening, and she reads for that nothing.”
But she, like many of the other writers, talk about the lack of books in her house when growing up. Her main source of reading material was the inspiration quotes on the Celestial Seasonings tea boxes. And so much else of what she read she also associates with her mother–the stickers on apples, the Royal Dansk Danish Butter Cookies tin. Her mom said she only read books to her that she thought were not boring. One un-boring book was No Room for the Baker by Kathe Recheis (about a baker who has so many pets in his house that eventually he has nowhere to sleep).
It’s interesting that so many writers grew up without literature in their house.
There’s a few things that grab my attention and confuse me in this essay:
Her daughter asks about a book they used to read. “She was talking about Moby-Dick. I mean, Moby-Dick for kids–it’s Moby-Dick in ten words.” [I’d love to see that book].
Also, the title is something that her daughter says, “Where is ‘luckily’?” But no context is given. I’d like to know what they were reading when she asked that question.
For ease of searching, I include: Amelie.