I wonder what an appropriate cut-off is for time passage before inclusion in this project. 3 months? 6 months? A year? I’m not sure. I kind of think that, if there’s something that is immediately undeniable, I could include it the very next week. I have nothing like that today, but maybe at some point there will be a song that’s just too irresistible to wait for inclusion.
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I grow more fond of this album with each listen; this past weekend while running errands, with the clear spring skies overhead, I had this song on constant repeat. It’s earnest and honest; themes of renewal and faith (and breeze) run throughout the album. This one is no exception. It renewed me as I drove to the post office, Staples and the liquor store. And if it can do that amidst the mundane tasks of a late Saturday morning, it’s pretty powerful stuff.
I remember hearing that the handclaps in John Mellencamp’s “Jack & Diane” were recorded as a way to keep time during the recording of the song, and then, when they were removed after, the song sounded terrible. (This is a matter of opinion, certainly, since some might argue that it still sounds terrible. I wouldn’t argue either way.) But that’s the nature of the handclap, isn’t it? When it’s used well, it goes unnoticed. But after it’s noticed, you can’t ignore it anymore.
k-os, as you may have guessed, employs handclaps to perfection on “Sunday Morning.” The song is almost spiritual in nature, with the artist hoping – nay, praying – for something better to come along. It’s catchy, singable, and certainly unforgettable.