(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! Thanks to everyone who has participated. -Z)
This post is by Colin “Countach” Halliburton, leader of Lawrence’s The Roseline.
Song: “Whip-poor-will” by Magnolia Electric Co.
Song Link: Hype Machine
I’m not the biggest fan of old timey Americana romanticism that every whiskey swilling songwriter with a weathered acoustic guitar seems to hopelessly subscribe to. The exception being Jason Molina, of course. He has obviously studied the blues, country and folk music, yet the results of these studies never comes across as sterile and academic. It is almost always undeniably soulful. This whisper of a song could easily go overlooked in the midst of another truly solid song cycle from Molina and Co. It is nothing more than two acoustic guitars, a slide guitar and vocals (is that Drakkar Sauna singing backup? Naw, it couldn’t be). It’s perfectly panned and mixed by the unfuckwithable Steve Albini and it contains my favorite couplet of the year:
Now count every rhododendron in this cool mountain light.
I’ve made more mistakes than that just tonight.
Damn. I feel ya, Jason.
– Colin Pepper Halliburton