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Come, be blue with me.

The picture is my little sister's depiction of what I'm like in the morning; she was nice enough to draw it and leave it for me on Tuesday so that I would discover it when I went to make myself coffee. After I finally noticed it, I couldn't stop laughing.

Catherine Feeny - Mr. Blue (download or die)
Catherine Feeny - I Still Don't Believe You
Hurricane Glass is one of those great albums I didn't discover until months after its release, though a remastered version was released in June.
In "Mr. Blue" a cheery piano and Feeny's sweet alto shed a little sunlight into a dark room, joined by a friendly acoustic guitar and a harmonica. The universe has conspired to cheer up our "Mr. Blue" and with Catherine Feeny involved it's sure to succeed. Some days I'm my own Ms. Blue, "And I can see it in your face / You’ve been waiting to break / Since you woke up this morning." This is what friends are really good for, picking up the pieces and putting them back together with blue duct tape.
Buy Hurricane Glass from eMusic / Amazon (remastered)
Catherine Feeny's Website/Myspace
UK Tour Dates - she's touring starting in August

Jaymay - Gray or Blue (download or die)
Jaymay - Sea Green, See Blue
I got Jaymay's EP Sea Green, See Blue from the radio station last year while I was on blog leave and have posted a few tracks randomly since them.
With "Gray or Blue" the details are so close but the situation so distant from my own experience that listening to it creates an ache for things to be different. And the approach is beautiful, aware of its own limitations: " I feel so helpless now, my guitar is not around / And I'm strugglin with the xylophone / To make these feelings sound." Listening to Jaymay feels like acceptance.
Buy Sea Green, See Blue EP from Insound
Jaymay's Website/Myspace
UK Tour Dates, most supporting Laura Veirs or Isobel Campbell

I'm done the hyping I needed to, so let's make it a mixtape:
Bright Eyes -True Blue
Gary Nock - Troubled Blue Eyes
Ryan Adams - When the Stars Go Blue
Something Corporate - She Paints Me Blue
Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes
Wilco - Blue-eyed Soul
Repost: Josh Ritter - Thin Blue Flame

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5 Responses to “Come, be blue with me.”

  1. # Anonymous baris

    it's a perfect drink, but...
    pavement - blue hawaiian
    is a perfect song, too.  

  2. # Blogger Kate

    Oh yes, I'd forgotten that one.  

  3. # Anonymous Anonymous

    cary brothers - blue eyes  

  4. # Blogger Kate

    yeah... garden state soundtrack  

  5. # Blogger Any major dude with half a heart

    Neil Diamond - Song Sung Blue
    Style Council - Have You Ever Had It Blue

    Cheers for bigging up Catherine Feeny. I've tried to spread the word for a while, and was going to include her in my Songbird series. I found your very enjoyable blog while looking around which songs are floating around in the blogosphere to prevent duplication (I hope you don't mind if I link to it).

    I love the flugelhorn solo in Mr Blue, but seeing as you have it on your blog, I'll go with "Touch Back Down" and something else (perhaps "Hush Now").  

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