Yesterday a good friend suggested I check out Sufjan Stevens. So I did. On Zune. I’m totally loving me some subscription music and pray it doesn’t go the way of the dodo. This is what DRM was intended for.
Back to Sufjan. I’m listening to his CD called “Illinoise” right now. It looks like this CD, when released, was heralded as the real deal by the indie press. Anyway, it’s is. The title of this post is the title of the first tune on the CD. If I were better at defining musical tropes, I’d try to describe Sufjan’s schtick. But alas, I can’t. My friend told me he was similar to Andrew Bird. And in a way, he is, but at the same time, very different. I’d never mistake a Sufjan for a Bird. Not really. This is getting tricky.
Seek this one out if you’re looking for something interesting, different, melodic, and just plain engaging. The tune I’m listening to right now, as I write this, is called: “Come on! Feel the Illinoise! Part 1: The World’s Columbian Exposition. Part 2: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream”. Yes, that’s the name of a single song. Don’t be put off…it’s a great tune. Okay, it just ended and the next song is a somber lullaby called "John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”
He has another state-based CD called “Michigan”, and it appears he’s planning to create a CD for each of the 50 states. Heh. Fat chance that. But it will be fun watching him try.