Today bf and I watched the movie Juno. The soundtrack was really cool and included several tracks by Kimya Dawson, an artist who I’d never come across before. Each of her songs that I’ve heard is really distinctive, and yet at the same time really personal. Simple, but at the same time totally new and fun.
I’ve had this itchin’ in my shoes since I was just a little kid
and before I had a mini van I road the greyhound bus
my mom would say “I hope some day you get paid for being Kimya Dawson”
I feel like Kimya’s songs are really honest. So many musicians say “oh, I just make music for pleasure. I’d do it even if I didn’t get paid – it’s what I was born to do.” But somehow it’s not hard to believe that this is true of Kimya. It’s about life and about people. From her song lyrics and reading her journal and the bio on her site I feel like she’s… real. And humble. And dignified. And like I can listen to her songs and I have the right to go “hey! I know exactly what she means!”
’cause I like going for hikes and riding bikes
and playing video games in the middle of the night
and I’ll stay up late and I won’t even care
that we’re getting up early to go to the state fair
I’m tired and it’s hard to explain what I mean, but it’s as if you went, “I think I’ll write a song about how I’m feeling right now”, and you just started singing. And the tune is light, and the song’s easy to listen to, but you can say and sing whatever and however you want, because it’s your song.
Within the format of the song it even sort of incoporates bars of other songs that you’ve known forever, including hits by Tom Cochrane, Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, the Goo Goo Dolls and Third-Eye Blind (well that’s what I hear, anyway). I think it’s a seriously awesome technique in the song because it makes it reflect life – just like the song life is punctuated by tunes and songs that I’ve always known, or that are associated with certain memories, or that just pop into your head at inopportune moments, even though you only know a couple of bars or just the chorus, and they are a part of your life.
I feel like Kimya Dawson is an artist in the true sense of the word, and that when you listen to her songs you have the freedom to hear whatever you hear in them. I love a verse near the end, it reminds me so much of bf. I do love the way he plays computer games! Even those little desktop ones with pixely little men who have to jump onto different platforms and I can never play them ‘cos I get scared of dying, but he just plays them and really concentrates and perseveres and always wins. <3<3
Kimya knows what I mean.
you were on my mind at least nine tenths of yesterday
it seemed as if perhaps I’d gone insane
what is it about you that has commandeered my brain?
maybe it’s your awesome songs or maybe it’s the way
you go straight to the top you’re not scared of getting squashed
you know just when to jump off
you’re so brave
and then you run to the right it seems there’s no hope in sight
and you drop down to the tube that takes you right to level eight
And for those of you who are wondering, apparently an elephant ear is a big hunk of deep-fried, sugar coated dough. Now you’re talkin’ ma language!