Sunday, September 14, 2008

Midnight Coverfolk:
Songs for the Middle of the Night



I've always been nocturnal by nature, treating the darkest hours as my own private playspace. It's in the genes: growing up in the summer vacations of my childhood, my siblings, my father and I wandered the house like ghosts until three. Until I joined the public schoolteacher's union, I'd seen the sunrise more times at the tail end of my day than the beginning.

But teaching is an early riser's profession. Fight as I may, after five hours of sleep and a full day in the hallways of urban adolescent chaos, I'm worn by supper, and drained by ten. I stay up as late as I can, winding down, blogging over at the collaborative. But these days, I'm lucky if I see midnight.

Which is to say: please pardon our bedraggled appearance while we remodel our author's sleep patterns, folks. In the meanwhile, here's some quiet songs of the witching hour, written late and tired.

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A Free Man said...

I love the Be Good Tanyas, but you reminded me of a question that's bothered me - can Canadian (or British, or Australian, etc.) bands really play Americana? Or is it more accurately Canadiana?

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Having just come from an Irish Music festival with bands from all around the world (including Canada), I feel especially confident in saying that earning the Americana label is a matter of musical influence and confluence, not geography.

(If else, wouldn't we have to call it Statesiana, to appease the PC? After all, a close third or more of the landmass on this green earth is part of the American continents.)

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