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Jul 22

Firecracker – So Long Someday

I don’t feel music like I used to.  In high school and college I would get albums that I would listen to over and over and over and over again.  Stuff by Lyle Lovett and Cowboy Junkies and Dwight Yoakam and Chris Isaak and whoever else really grabbed me wound up in high rotation for months before I even thought about listening to something else.

But as an adult, that doesn’t happen to me that much any more.  I have a lot of theories for it:

  • Too many albums at my disposal
  • More discriminating
  • Not enough time to absorb new material

Daniel J. Levitin has a better theory in This Is Your Brain on Music (great book!).  I’m paraphrasing, but one of the points he makes is that teenagers’  brains are better wired to be overcome by the effect of music – to really feel the sound in a way that adults can’t.

image I would buy into that theory except for the fact that occasionally an album comes along that I play all day, every single day, for months on end.  Firecracker – So Long Someday is one of those albums.

I picked up So Long Someday after finding out that a Rhett Miller song was on the album.  The music is right up my alley – pop/rock songs above love lost with a little grit thrown in on the side and some great lead guitar work.  Scout, the lead singer and songwriter, has an appealing voice, his lyrics are heartfelt, and the sound crafted on this recording is soothing.

The sad thing about all this is that these guys are local and were playing gigs right down the block at the Hotel Utah.  By the time I became transfixed by this album, I only caught a few acoustic gigs before they seemed to disappear.  I still hold out hope that Scout or the band will resurface in some form somewhere in the City.

Note to self – go see more local, live music so that I don’t make this mistake again.