Forecast for the Future

"Every individual without exception bears a potential writer within himself. The reason is that everyone has trouble accepting the fact that he will disappear unheard of and unnoticed in an indifferent universe, and everyone wants to make himself into a universe of words before it's too late. 

Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not that far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding."

- Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Some Things Last a Long Time

Lately I've been obsessing over a few songs, over and over and over. Can't seem to let go of this one. Beach House just put it on their new album and it right now it plays over and over, working in the now and also in the forever. [Late Added Note: in a strange coincidence, i put this post up this morning prior to seeing that Pitchfork released it's album review today for Devotion, a glowing review which I concur with completely.]

Here's Daniel, Tubed, live:

And mp3 of his original version, off the album 1990 (also featuring perhaps his best--and equally covered song--"True Love Will Find You in the End"):

Daniel Johnston - "Some Things Last a Long Time"

And some great (arguably superior) covers over the years:

Doug Martsch - "Some Things Last a Long Time" (live) - unreleased

Beck - "Some Things Last a Long Time" (live on KCRW) - unreleased

Beach House - "Some Things Last a Long Time" - off Devotion

and my absolute favorite of them all:

Built to Spill - "Some Things Last a Long Time" - single, available on The Normal Years

Some things last a long time.

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