After we’d visited Chicago for the first time (and fell in love with it) our Friday man introduced me to Sufjan Stevens and his album, Illinoise, a concept album where the lyrics tell various stories surrounding the places, people, events and history of the state of Illinois. I feel like I don’t listen to this album, but rather, experience it. The lyrics to each song (all twenty-one of them) feel like a slice of history and overall the album is just rich; I can (and often do) indulge in Illinoise for hours on repeat, trying to pick up lines and details that I missed before. Not only do the lyrics completely transport me, the musicianship is breath-taking; each track has its own delicate melody and hooks that spin about my head for days. I would love to find out all about the stories behind the songs.
All the songs have grown on me more and more as I’ve listened to the album over and over and this one, Casimir Pulaski Day, has remained one of my favourites from the beginning. The words.
If you haven’t listened to this masterpiece album yet, then I envy that you’re about to experience it too.
With Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles successfully help create the concept of the musical alter-ego. Sasha Fierce would not exist if it was not for John, Paul, George and Ringo. Yes. I went there.
Personally, Sgt. Pepper’s is my favorite album to listen to all the way through, no skipping tracks, in order. Have you ever listened to a recording of a live concert? It’s such an experience to listen to it the whole way through, like you were almost there. Well, I feel the same about this album.
This track is sung by Billy Shields, a.k.a. Ringo Star. Now, while a certain Monday panelist whose name might rhyme with Mandrew has issue with Ringo, I find his story to be fascinating. He spent the majority of his childhood in the hospital sick, and ended up being in one of the most influential bands of the century. If you do have the time I suggest you 1) listen to Sgt. Pepper’s all the way through and 2) have some Ringo appreciation time and look up his bio.