Favorite Songs of 2009, #14

(This is our second annual “Favorite Songs”series. It’s a chance for Range Life fans, friends and family to shout-out and share some of the songs that made 2009 better, dancier, more deeply felt, more memorable and enjoyable. Songs are presented in no particular order. I hope you’ve enjoyed the last few weeks of posts! The plan’s to finish in a flurry and then relax and chill with our girlfriends over the Holidays. -Z)

The first of today’s posts comes from Turnpike producer, Dactlys guitarist and primo video director, Brendan Costello.

Song: “Stillness Is The Move” by Dirty Projectors

Song Link: The Audio Muffin

In a time when vocoders and auto-tuning seem to permeate out of every orifice of a pop single, it’s great to hear a song that not only has great vocal arrangements but also thoughtful lyrics that belt out as much soul and feeling as Aretha, The Supremes, or for the sake of sounding contemporary, Beyonce. My brother told me that David Longstreth asked lead vocalist, Amber Coffman, to go home and watch movies she liked while jotting down lines of dialogue that she enjoyed.  The quotes were then turned into the lyrics of the song.  I couldn’t find any proof of this on the internet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true knowing The Dirty Projectors tendencies toward high concept albums (their previous release, Rise Above was a Black Flag cover).  Either way, I think this song has the best use of the word “baby” I’ve ever heard.

- Brendan Costello

One response to “Favorite Songs of 2009, #14

  1. The rumor’s right, Steezy. Confirmed it in this NYTimes article http://is.gd/5sEFP
    “And yet many of the songs grew out of playful experiments. For the lyrics to “Stillness Is the Move” Mr. Longstreth had Ms. Coffman watch the Wim Wenders film “Wings of Desire” and write down lines of dialogue that intrigued her; other lyrics were drawn from an Excel spreadsheet of hundreds of pop clichés.” – Z

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