Tuesday, January 13, 2009

BBQ + Yoko Ono = 'Nashville'

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Ever heard a song named after something you know about or a place you live or you've visited, and you hear it and you're like, damn, this song is so just like [insert thing here] and it like totally captures how I feel about [insert thing]?

My favorite city-song, for instance, is probably "Dallas" by Silver Jews. 'Cause not only is it actually about Dallas, but it actually conjures up images of Dallas, and the sense of Dallas. And I've been to Dallas, so I would know that.

I guess you can do whatever you want if you're an arteeste, but I don't know, call me crazy--maybe songs named after cities could actually be about the city in question? Just a thought. Let it marinate.

Apparently there's this singer-songwriter in New York named Marykate O'Neil, and she had this dream about getting BBQ with Yoko Ono, so, just like you or I would do, she wrote a song called "Nashville." You might be thinking, 'Oh, so you had a dream where you got BBQ in Nashville with Yoko? Why, I'd write a song about that, too, Marykate O'Neil!"

But this is a dream, man, so it doesn't have to make any sense, and art is like a weird spider web of connectivity of like images and inspiration and it's not linear, yo. Hey, maybe the author explained the dream as genesis for the song thing in greater detail.

In the dream we were in my hometown, Hudson [MA] in my mom's friend Cricket's backyard. It didn't really make any sense but I liked the idea of it. Growing up, Cricket had a purple Volkswagen bus, and beads for doors -- just like Greg Brady did when he took over Mike's den. I remember being at her house and she had those roach clips with feathers hanging off them. I thought they so cool. I asked her and my Mom what they were for and they told me they were barrettes for your hair. Hmmmmmmmm.

Oh. Right. How, uh, whimsical. So, anyway, I think she says Nashville once maybe in the song, and mentions Belle Meade or something. And as a resident of Nashville, I'd like to say, "Thank you, Marykate O'Neil, for this song with our fair city in the name. I get it. I totally get it."

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