Black Keys to Happiness

Here are the Black Keys singing “Everlasting Light” to play you out for the week, dear readers. I go back-and-forth over whether or not this song is religious. The answer hinges on who the “me” is that’s supposed to be singing. My theory is, they smuggled a song about God in under cover of “baby baby.”

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The Lord Liked Us Better Then

At some point, I am going to write a great big essay on the genius, influence and tragedy of Steve Taylor, perhaps the best thing the Contemporary Christian Music genre ever (accidentally) gave us. But this morning, I’ll settle for some old time, easy listening.

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So Good It’s Worth the Kidnapping

To play you out for the week, I decided on the Mountain Goats’ “This Year.” The chorus — “I am gonna make it / through this year/ if it kills me” — is pitch perfect and the music video simply has to be seen.

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Guess I Take After My Mother

Since it’s unexpectedly turning into Spiritual Saturday here on Jeremy Lott’s Diary, let me commend to you a song. As the person who posted it to YouTube wrote, “[Here's] City and Colour’s ‘The Grand Optimist’ from Little Hell.” Note, however, that you’ll want to check the lyrics on that page against the vocals of Dallas Green. The lyrics have him opening with “I fear I’m dying of complications /complications due to things that I’ve left undone.” To me it sounds more like “I fear I’ll die from complications…” It’s a subtle but important distinction for understanding this precisely-worded song.

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