Monday, April 25, 2011

Start Your Week Right: With My Morning Jacket – Where To Begin

Here we are: the last week of April. We’re getting so close to hot weather, cold drinks, music festivals, and the release of My Morning Jacket’s sixth studio album, Circuital. I hope you all enjoyed the weekend and you are ready for the week ahead!

We had a pretty relaxing weekend over at The Countdown, covering the last two tracks from 2002’s Chocolate and Ice, “Holy” and “Sweetheart.” After celebrating “Chills” on today, we’ll move on to a more disorganized part of the countdown: individual tracks from movie soundtracks, covers, b-sides, and demos. If you have any requests, send ‘em my way!

Up and up and up I climb,

When I came up I was so far behind,

My head takes a lickin',

But my heart keeps on tickin,

Just the same.

Today let’s look at another down-tempo track from MMJ: “Where To Begin.” Featured as part of the 2005 “comedy-dramaElizabethtown, “Where To Begin” is another one of those underrated tracks for which the casual MMJ-listener might have to dig a little deeper.

Round and round and round I ride,

And just when I looked I hadn't even began,

To feel the effect,

A cool, dark fever,

On the brain.

“Where To Begin” examines uncertainty, insecurity, and intuition and how the three interact with one another as it relates to life in general. How do you decide which paths to take? Which goals to pursue? And yet somehow there are certain things that you naturally know are right for your life.

It's the art of feeling naked in your clothes.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I believe Jim writes in such an ambiguous way so that meaning is conveyed but whatever meaning can transpose on to any person. Anyone could relate to most MMJ tunes, and I think this is one of the most positive aspects about Jim’s songwriting.

Have a great week, everyone! See y’all Friday.


Jordan said...

I agree with Jim's writing. That's what makes him so special.