Hard to believe this record is already 14 years old. It feels like yesterday. HappyParts is returning to Austin 14 years later – with memories of seeing Jayhawks play tunes off this record in some big hall type thing – not sure if it was the year this record was to be released, or for the first one. Tryston reminded me of the show – (90’s brain fry) she just moved to Costa Rica – imagine that. Another prompt came up – from Dennis Cook’s tweet a few days back – ” Gary Louris & Mark Olson of The Jayhawks are two of the best modern songwriters most folks don’t know.” – I second that. They have made some of HappyParts most favorite modern recordings.
If we only lived in a different time, when quality compositions ruled the airwaves, and the hipster runoff wrote about artists with true soul. Perhaps with the demise of music as a broadcast visual commodity – we will return to focusing on song. Sure, Sure it’s exciting to hear about a new scene or sound – but for the most part- that’s fashion. Timeless lyric, harmonies and melodies last forever. Olson/Louris would have been right at home in the Brill Building – I was pleased to learn they recently released “Ready For The Flood” – which I will now have a good reason to visit my local indie shop.
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