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I said in my last post that it was hard not to play Mountain Goats songs all the time, but well, sometimes it's easy not to do everything. It's been one of those times.

This song makes it a little easier to not not do everything, though.
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There are a lot of Mountain Goats songs, and almost all of them are really, really good. It's hard not to just play them all the time.

"Tulsa Imperative", from 1993, is no exception.
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Here's another Mountain Goats cover. My cat Spreckles is in it for about the last five seconds, which means you have to watch it all because it wouldn't be right to just fast-forward.
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This is a cover of a song by The Nields, who I haven't listened to much lately and that's too bad, because they are awesome.

I did several bold things, besides playing a song I previously hadn't really listened to in years! I transcribed the chords myself, since the Internet does not apparently know what they are, and I still don't either but I hope this is pretty faithful. I left off the last verse because you don't need to hear me singing for that long. And I made a lyrical change. I am normally pretty uncomfortable about deviating from authorial intent, but I figured I would try it and see how it felt.

The song itself is about having people who inspire you even if you only know them through their art. I remember hearing this for the first time and being delightfully shocked that someone who was writing songs now would write a song mentioning being inspired by Ani DiFranco, because at the time, I was inspired by Ani DiFranco. I have other inspirations now, who brought me back to this feeling that Nerissa Nields captured.

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Today's cover goes out to all of you out there who have ever been wrong on the Internet, but especially to me.

This is a song I used to listen to when I was 15. I had no idea what I thought it meant at the time. When I run into people that age who like the Mountain Goats, I always wonder what it is they like, just because I know that when I was 15 (or 26) I would have been totally resistant to understanding most of their songs. But then, I guess I must have been getting something out of the Indigo Girls at the time, so maybe I don't give either 15-year-old me or other 15-year-olds enough credit!
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This is not a song that I wrote, because I had one I thought I was in a mood to do, but then was no longer in that mood.

Nor is this a Mountain Goats song! It's by David Wilcox. But in my headcanon, this is one of the possible outcomes in an alternate universe where the Alpha Couple get therapy. Don't question my headcanon.
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This is a fun song to sing, or at least it is if you're in a certain mood, which I was yesterday. I don't think I did it as much justice as I maybe could, but I also don't think I am going to get that mood back anytime soon (at least I certainly hope not to), so this is what you get. On the plus side, this video has two virtues:

  • my cat Spotty is in the entire thing
  • it's only 2:08

I have only one other thing to say about the song itself, which is: F♯ major, what the fuck?
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Happy Mother's Day! Nothing exists that reflects how I feel about my mother (except for some stuff I've written that I can't do yet), so I had to do this song, which is about somebody else's stepfather but still rings true as heck for me today. (and let's be honest, every day.)
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I could ask about this song: "what do I have to add to 'This Year'?" The answer in the first version of it that I did a month ago (which you may have seen if you're on Facebook) was: cats. The answer today is nothing, but that's okay, because I'm just doing these to learn. Besides, I think I did it a little bit better than I did it a month ago!
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This is a cover of a song by the Mountain Goats. It's actually one of the more hopeful Mountain Goats songs that I know. It's about death.
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