Saturday, June 27, 2009

six ways from sunday: boomerang

Swirls and spirals. Lund, Sweden. (2009).

Outback or otherwise, these swirling songlines seldom unfurl exactly as expected. It's just life, I guess. Yet, as the saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step ... so get up, walkabout, and walk on.

Let (it) go and who knows? Maybe somehow, someway, it comes spiraling back and things will be even better than they were before.

Six Ways from Sunday is felix's daily starfish and waffles' resident music column. Your mix tape with a theme, clicking on the active links below lead you to full-length, third-party, tracks of the day's musical selections.

As always, happy listening.

1. It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken :: The Tragically Hip :: In Violet Light (2002). Discontentment with the present begets futile escape into the past. Gordon Downie, the Hip's madly poetic frontman, delivers a storyline in parallel(?) with the critically acclaimed picture novella of the same name by Canadian cartoonist Seth. "When the colour of the night / And all the smoke for one life / Gives way to shaky movements, improvisational skills / A forest of whispering speakers / Let's swear that we will."

2. Brighter Hell :: The Watchmen :: Silent Radar (1998). It's darkest before dawn. From arguably the best of the prairie bands. "Fade out, turn me up, wrap your mind around me / For all and everyone to see / What would you say falling from a building? / So far so free."

3. Runnin' :: The Pharcyde :: Labcabincalifornia (1995). Trust yourself, you can handle it. "Can't keep runnin' away ... Can't keep runnin' away ..."

4. We Took Pelham :: Deadly Avenger :: Deep Red (2003). Rocky, is that you? An epic remix of a vaguely familiar theme.

5. Come Into My World :: Kylie Minogue :: Fever (2002). Just a cool video from the Australian dance-pop diva. How many Kylie's do you see at the end of the clip? "And I've been such a long time waiting / For someone I can call my own / I've been chasing the life I'm dreaming / Now I'm home."

6. Smooth Criminal :: Michael Jackson :: Bad (1987). The biggest and best of his generation. Rest in peace, MJ. "You've been hit by / You've been struck by / A smooth criminal .../ Aaoh!"


  1. the man in the yellow hat30 June, 2009 13:29

    I have NEVER seen that version of the Smooth Criminal music video. Not bad.