I’ve had a weird love/hate relationship with my radio lately. I teach from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. this summer, which means I’m always driving to work during the 9 ‘o clock hour. Lucky for me, a local radio station has a “90s at 9″ feature, and as much as I’d love to pretend my tastes are more varied and diverse than that (and they are!), I have enjoyed having “my” radio back. I grew up with 90s radio, and I loved it. And this station is playing interesting deeper cuts– “Heartspark Dollarsign” instead of “Father of Mine,” etc. I enjoy it so much. I’ve gotten to where I actively look forward to it every day, getting in my car a little earlier each morning to see what they’re going to play.
Every once in a while, I’ll hear a song that I only vaguely recognize– it’s somewhere deep in my subconscious, but I can’t actively put a memory to the song. The beauty of that is that some of these songs– from a genre and time I love– are brand new to me again. The best example of that is The Eels, “Novocaine for the Soul.”
I don’t even know where to begin with what I like about this song. I love the change in tempo after the first few lines. I love how Mark Oliver Everett’s voice changes and adapts throughout the song. I love the provocative lyrics– “Jesus and his lawyer/ Are coming back,” etc. I love the orchestration. I love the long pause– every single time I’ve played and re-played the song, I catch myself physically moving my head in anticipation of the music slamming back on. I love how beautiful the song is, I love how muted it is, I love the tone. I just love everything, and I’ve been listening to it non-stop since the 90s at 9 last Friday.
Anyone else re-discovering a song? Discovering an older song for the first time? I can’t stop listening to it and I can’t wait to delve into the whole Eels catalogue (something that’s been a long time coming, if I’m honest… I’ve always loved songs like “I Need Some Sleep” and “Beautiful Freak”).
Also, on a personal note, if you’re in the market for a literary journal, check out Midwestern Gothic– I have a poem, “An Offering,” coming out in Issue 10.