5 Songs… Kevin Devine
In der Rubrik „5 Songs” erzählen uns Musiker von Songs, die einen großen Einfluss auf ihr musikalisches Schaffen hatten bzw. haben. Nach The Posies-Drummer und Frankie Siragusa und James Alex von Beach Slang haben wir diesmal Kevin Devine nach seinen fünf Lieblingsliedern gefragt.
Patsy Cline – Crazy
One of the first songs I ever remember hearing. My mother used to play it on the stereo and sing along, and it’s just got such a specific and sublime bittersweetness, it just captures a feeling so perfectly. It’s a song I always want to hear, and will make me stop doing whatever I’m doing whenever I do.
Nirvana – All Apologies
With any of the following artists on this list, I could’ve listed ten or twenty songs, but I pick this one for sentimental reasons. It’s the sweetest melody they ever wrote, it was my father’s favorite Nirvana song, and it kind of collects a whole extended period of my life into three minutes.
R.E.M. – Man On The Moon
the through line with all these songs is that bittersweetness – they all share it & they just hit me a certain way that is beyond explanation, outside any consideration of technical skill or formal mastery or anything – they just open up a great big feeling. The five lane highway that is Michael Stipe’s voice in this song, the words – „I’ll see you in Heaven if you make the list“ – the slide guitar, it just feels so specific, like some kind of seance, some magic trick.
Elliott Smith – The Biggest Lie
May be the song I’ve sung most, alone, in public, to my daughter, in my head, out loud, a song that always shows up when I’m at rest, a song that encapsulates everything that was so special about Elliott and his work – economy of language and a subtle, never showy agility as a player & an arranger, tricking you into thinking something is simple, hiding what makes it beautifully, singularly complex. This song feels like the walk home at the end of the night, it feels like waiting for the train to come, it feels lonesome and human and it makes me grateful someone was good enough to write it.
The Smith – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The youthful romanticism, the commitment, the fatality of it, the drama – the strings, the language, the swooning fade at the end. It is a perfect expression of the way it feels to be teenaged and desperate to be known and loved and to be heard and understood, how alive and how thankful you feel when you find that person – „to die by your side / well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine!“ It’s the mountaintop of a certain kind of expression, for me.