Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!
In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott.
The Lonely Wild, "Holidays" - It's NOT the most wonderful time of the year -- not consistently, as Madison Avenue would want us to believe, anyways -- as pointed out by this Christmas-is-stressful song from a cool L.A. quintet that glazes its country-rock with a layer of shoe-gaze. Not a rant, just a heart-wrenching look at a season that brings loneliness and unreachable expectations to many. Singer Andrew Carroll explains: "Every year we're bombarded with baby boomer-era Christmas carols and jingles that paint a superficial portrait of what the holidays are for a lot of people...When I wrote 'Holidays' I wanted to show the other side -- the emotional fatigue, the pressure to be with estranged family and that anxiety that mounts at the end of the year when we start to ask ourselves, 'Were you successful?'
Steve Earle & the Dukes, "You're the Best Lover That I Ever Had" - How many of Earle's six ex-wives wonder if he's singing about them on this straight-forward blues-folk song? Catchy melody and a topic that might make you scan your own memory banks -- in a moment of solitude -- to ask who you'd sing this song about. Will appear on Earle's "Terraplane" album set to land in February.
Today's Cool Kids song is meant to brainwash you and your kids! Just kidding, kind of. "Satellite Radio" is a song by Steve Earle that compels you to listen to radio, specifically of the satellite variety. We at WYEP of course would like you to keep it locked on our frequency of course, 91.3, to enjoy a more traditional approach to broadcasting.
A lyric from the "Satellite Radio" go thusly:
"Is there anybody out there? One-two-three on the satellite radio?
Big daddy on the air, are you listenin' to me? On the satellite radio
At the galaxy's end where the stars burn bright, are you tunin' in and turnin' on?
Is there anybody listenin' to earth tonight on the satellite radio?"
We'd love to ask if anyone is listening like Steve Earle, but shouting "I'm listening!" at your radio probably won't get your message across. Instead, prove to us that you listen by coming to some of our community events, like this month's Third Thursday event featuring the Red Western for example.