Friday, October 3, 2008

Let's all mellow out to Skinny Love

So yes, I'm getting lazy, and this is another embed post. BUT, again I validate it by saying it's a clip worth watching and it's just what I need right now.

Just finished a 7:30 am-7 pm day, filming a marketing summit my company is hosting. No, that's not my job. I was actually volunteered by my merciless CEO to work as an assistant to the videographer he contracted. Extra pay? Why, no! That's why I'm doing it in the first place, you fool. Mr. CEO wanted to save on hiring another cameraman, so enter the only staff member with film experience--yours truly.

Rest assured, it's more than the long hours... I had no seat, so standing through 4 speakers, each taking up roughly a quarter of the day, took a toll on my lower back, knees, calves, and feet. Furthermore, I was tasked with tight and medium shots...meaning, I had to pay full attention at all times, following the very dynamic speakers as they strode back and forth 'cross the stage.

And I'm doing it again tomorrow.

But, MUSIC! That's why we're here... So, I figured a relaxing youtube might do the trick. And although the song of interest--Bon Iver's "Skinny Love"--does have it's flares of tumult, the solo acoustic performance you'll see here is staggering, the kind of display that silences every onlooker and stuns skeptics. The song is well written, played in some pretty open tuning, and Justin Vernon's vocals range from delicate to powerful, and his high howls tear apart at the coda of "Who will love you? Who will fight? Who will fall far behind?"

The song is just as riveting in it's full-band, harmony-laden form. More on that in a later post.

Enjoy and pray for Mojo tomorrow.

(Starts at about 0:45 after British jibber-jabber)

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