Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Sheryl Crow

Well, apparently it's beat up on Eric through Liz Phair day because JUST LAST NIGHT, in a text regarding his hype over Guyville I sent him this text:
"I got a B- in Feminist Poetry and I sing in a Sheryl Crow tribute band, but not a good Sheryl Crow tribute band"
And it's Sheryl Crow's birthday!!!

Eric replied to my text telling me that wasn't a good way to meet guys, and, um, he would know?! (Dude, you are making this way too easy.)

Back in the mid-/late-90s, I used to cringe at how much Sheryl Crow ended up on my end of year singles lists. But what are you going to do? If she'd had a flat voice, sang with no charisma, and wrote awkward and pointless songs she could have joined Liz Phair in the remainder bin. So here we go with a bunch of songs I like:
"Since I left / Been feelin' better, cause that's
What you get when you / Stay together too long"

"He was high on intellectualism
I've never been there but the brochure looks nice"

"You listen to Coltrane, derail your own train
Well who hasn't been there before?"

"Your friends are sorry for me
They watch you pretend to adore me"


A special note about "Anything but Down," a song that might actually be one of my favorites of hers. Apples don't grow on vines. Right? I'm like 97% sure. In fact, I kinda wish they did, it would alleviate like more than a decade of frustration over that lyric. She could should have said "roses from the vine" and we would have been fine. ("Apples from the fine"... no. Roses from the vine.)
"You are a raging sea
I pull myself out everyday"


I leave y'all with a wonderful example of why I love the inter-webs. It's Dwight Yoakam with Sheryl covering a Sonny & Cher song, but it's so very much more than that. Enjoy the magic.


Now, as a post script to the Liz Phair bashing. I don't care if you don't like any of these songs. Your mileage WILL vary. Just don't tell Eric you don't like Exile in Guyville (there are chits at stake [I do wonder if the chit will be devalued when we move back to the gold standard]).

EGOT standings: 9 Grammy wins. Neither of her 2 Golden Globe nominated songs went on to pick up an Oscar nomination, so that's it so far. But totally look for her to get an Emmy nomination eventually, possibly for a song from a special episode of Army Wives or something celebrating children. Or NASCAR (which is like children with pubic hair).

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

1 comment:

Mike said...

Love her. Also check out these ones:

Home piano acoustic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-xH7o7syM4

riverwide live
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZDM-nhRMx0

chances are live
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2bCg5CaTno

make it go away
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLTQyzYXbps