Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Woman Crush: Nellie McKay; Continuing Crush: Prairie Home Companion
There are few things that conjure childhood for as explicitly as Prairie Home Companion. I remember listening to it with my mother and my grand mother. I remember having a crush on Garrison Keillor, and trying to write my own "News From Lake Woebegone" monologues. This Saturday, my love for the show blossomed in a full-on freakfest.
Nellie McKay, who I had never heard of before, played a song called "Mother of Pearl," the lyrics of which can you observe (in fancy scrolling format!). In short, it's my new favorite thing ever.
While a lot of comments bemoan the song and its "Ani DiFranco anger," (boo! hiss!) I was glad to see so many people arguing for its humor and truth.
Here's her website. Make sure to listen to another of her songs, "Identity Theft," also fantabulous.