Among the Leaves | Weekly Writing Challenge

Maybe it’s just because it’s that time of year, but this song made me cry last November when I read the lyrics. Red House Painters, Desertshore, Sun Kil Moon, it’s all Mark Kozelek, and I love to get sad with him.

I made friends with a guy who drove an employee shuttle at work; he took people back and forth half a mile to a parking lot, and played cool music in his van. He gave me a CD by Red House Painters, on the 4AD record label. 4AD was a brand you could trust in the 90s: the logo meant you were in for something good, something dark, and probably hard.

Twenty years later, Mark keeps making music and does it with a kind of Bob Dylan attitude I admire. The attitude is I’m going to do this with or without you, so decide if you want to come along, I don’t care much either way.

“Among the Leaves” is about a homeless girl Mark let sleep in his basement while he was away touring. It sparked my curiosity about the homeless in Seattle, and made me think I could change the world if I quit my job and dedicated myself to something more meaningful. Which is the crazy kind of thoughts real art should inspire.

The song reminds me of David Gray at first, but I think if Mark wanted the same kind of success he would have found it by now. Anytime I see an ad that he’s playing, it requires a footnote explaining who he is, and I like that. You should have to look hard to find real treasures. Life isn’t that easy, after all.

Submitted for the WordPress Weekly Writing Challenge: Moved by Music.

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
This entry was posted in music and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Among the Leaves | Weekly Writing Challenge

  1. Pingback: Once Upon A Time, We Were Invincible | Ramisa the Authoress

  2. Pingback: Drown it Out In A Good Tune | My Days In A Song

  3. Pingback: of leaving « Anawnimiss

  4. Pingback: Meaning: The Prompt | The Daily Prompt Alternative

Please share your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s