Circle Time!

by Janelle Hanchett

Yay! It’s Circle Time…that special time each week (which I invented 5 minutes ago) where we sit together with a cup of coffee or tea or pre-noon vodka (whatever you’re into) and listen to some fine tunes.  It’s singing time. Sing-along time. The Wiggles suck ass time.  Barney is a beast of horribleness time. My almost tween is listening to Bieber time, so I’m comforting myself by listening to good shit. Time.

And sometimes my friends mention that since becoming a mother, they’ve gotten out of touch with good music. Or any music. Or anything they used to think was cool. I have mostly done that. But not with music. Music is a holy land and shall not be tread upon by the invasive muddy feet of short people who like the Wiggles. Mac and I go to a lot of concerts (mostly in bars where kids aren’t allowed!), buy music, seek out music, spend money we don’t have on music. It is the last semblance of cool in our lives. And it may not even be cool.

So I was thinking I’d share something that I’ve been listening to, in hopes that you’ll do the same and we can all discover new tunes. Because when I listen to an artist, I listen to them approximately 75,000 times. And if they’re really good, I’ll never get sick of them. I’ll move on, but I won’t get sick of them. I need things to move on to. (Every time I end a sentence in a preposition, I know it’s going to be okay, but it still hurts a little. It’s like Catholic guilt for a recovering grammar addict).

We’re starting out with Langhorne Slim, my latest obsession. Saw him in January at the Fillmore in San Francisco. His music is real. His voice sublime. It makes me shake my head in disbelief that something could be said and sung so perfectly. I hear him telling my story. You may hate it. And that’s cool.

But even if my taste bites the big one, please tell me what you’re listening to lately. Because it’s Circle Time. When we share.

Before we get started, please make sure you check this out:

And here, my friends, is the music. This is acoustic. Usually he plays with a drummer and stand-up bass dude.  Enjoy.

22 Comments | Posted in Circle Time! | April 2, 2011
  • Lesley

    Oh my! I got to get me some! Thank you for this.

    And yeah, my kiddos are righteously exposed to massive amounts of Ani DiFranco, Tom Petty, Prince, CCR, Modest Mouse, Ryan Adams, The Rolling Stones, the Bee Gees, Led Zepplin, Pink (I know, I know), John Lennon, and Prairie Home Companion – not music but good radio. It’s my duty.

    Here’s some Anias Mitchell – she makes me cry nearly every time. (hope i did that tag right) saw her 7 years ago in santa Cruz and have loved her ever since.

  • Lesley

    • renegademama

      She has a great voice, Lesley. Kind of reminds me of Iris Dement, who I love. Will definitely check out more of her music. I tend to listen to a lot of male singers. Not sure why. Nice to expand the female influence. 🙂 Happy to see you commenting. Makes my heart smile to “see” you here. P.S. you are the one who told me about the winning Japanese sweet potatoes.

  • Casey

    I really like “I Love You, But Goodbye”.
    When it comes to new music, I’m kind of obsessed with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros lately.
    I also love the Avett Brothers, Fleet Foxes, M. Ward…..I know this music makes me sound like a hipster, but i swear I have neither an ironic haircut or grizzly beard.

    • renegademama

      Yeah, that’s a great song. He has so many I couldn’t decide on one, so I just grabbed one that had a good recording. He was so freaking rad when we saw him live. He opened, but in my opinion he out-shined the headliner.. Anyhoo, I will have to check out E. Sharpe (Never heard of them) – while I’ve heard of the others I haven’t really explored their music. I’m looking forward to doing so.

      And allow me to say that the “ironic haircut/grizzly beard” statement rocked my world. Freaking loved. IT.

    • renegademama

      DUDE> what the fuck?! Edward Sharpe & …. = AMAZING! How did I not know of them before?! I love Casey.

  • Shan

    Oddly enough, when this came out earlier today I was on the computer setting up some music to make cleaning out my son’s room more bearable. I have a lot of songs I love and don’t get sick of, too. And since my entire digitized library played during the course of the day, I had some time to contemplate which songs I love *the best* right now. I cannot limit myself to one today. So here’s a selection. They are all from my birth playlist, which I’m about 90 seconds from uploading onto my fricken MP3 player for the 57th fricken time. If it doesn’t work out this time, I may throw the thing out the window, scream, jump up and down and pull my hair out. Keep your fingers crossed it works as it’s awfully late to be making that kind of a racket.
    1) Ruth Brown, “If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll Keep Sitting On It” ~ A recommendation for my birth playlist from my father-in-law. Listen to this and you’ll know (in part) why I actually am happy the in-laws are coming out to our place next Friday.
    2) Three Dog Night, “Shambala” ~ I sent out requests for suggestions for the playlist. Not sure if this was from someone or if I found it checking out recommendations. This is where I want to be.
    3) “That’s How Strong My Love Is” ~ Same deal as number two. Or I was looking at my John Prine CD and decided to check out Otis… I was seven months pregnant and now I’m sleep deprived. Details are foggy.

    Clearly I’m well-removed from the hipster crowd.

    Oh, there’s one more song I absolutely love. It’s kind of my downer song, but beautiful. Colin Hay’s, “Waiting for My Real Life to Begin” *sigh*.

    I’ll have to wait yet again to listen to your suggestion. Fynn’s trying to sleep/nurse in my lap right now.


    • renegademama

      John Prine. Great. We just got some live bootleg CDs of Three Dog Night…and Otis has always been a favorite. For some reason, when I lived in Spain for my 3rd year of college, I listened to Otis practically ever night to fall asleep. I remember it fondly. Haven’t heard of Colin Hay. Will check it out.

    • renegademama

      By the way I laughed out loud re: the “late to make that kind of racket.” Awesome.

  • Kate

    Just wanted to let you know that you are my newest, and most favoritest, blog out there today on mamahood. You beat out Birthing Beautiful Ideas and The Feminist Breeder (although I think you’d really like TFB’s verbage), which takes a sharp wit, staggering intellect, and mad mama skillz. Looking forward to reading more, thanks for the opportunity to remain real!

    • renegademama

      Wow. Thank you. I really appreciate the compliment. Just checked out TFB’s blog — I like it very much. She’s dealing with real stuff and I as far as I’ve read, I agree with her completely. I’m glad there are women like her writing about important things. And I note a web address below your name…I shall head there…now. So good to have you here. Cheers.

  • Kimberly

    Me likey.

    I thank Pandora for introducing me to new music all the time.

    Hans Eberbach is a local musician – and my friend’s husband – and I LOVE his stuff. If you haven’t, you should check him out. He has a regular gig at the Torch Club….plays other venues, too.

    • renegademama

      Me likey you. And Pandora. Sometimes I’m listening to music and I think to myself “Why does this radio NOT SUCK? Why the F is it SO GOOD?” and then I remember “Oh right. Because I created that shit.” It’s PANDORA!

      Will definitely check out Hans. Rad that he’s local.

  • Mariah

    Most of what I’ve been listening to lately is pretty old. A lot of Billie Holiday Bill Withers, Nick Drake, Ray LaMontagne. Was recently introduced to Lucinda Williams…Love it.
    And by the way, don’t knock all children’s music. “B is for Bob” is one of our favorites. Everyone needs a little Marley in their lives.

    • renegademama

      You kill me. “B is for Bob.” Bob is perfect for kids. He even talks about appropriate things. The Dead are good too, apart from the occasional drug reference…we don’t care. Jerry must be.

      Ray! My husband just got kind of into him. I’ll have to check out Lucinda…haven’t listened to her in a long many years. That made no sense. Oh well. See you soon.

  • Rebekah C

    Discovered these guys while seeing Murder By Death in concert back in March. This is The Buried Beds and they were a lot of fun in person.

  • Rebekah C

    Ah well I tried to embed the vid, it didn’t work. Instead, here’s a link:

  • Rebekah C

    • renegademama

      I bet they would be great live – all those instruments. I’ll check out more of their music. There’s a great music shop near here that allows you to listen to whole CDs – it’s awesome. Thanks for sharing them.

  • Christina

    As for kids music we have been enjoying the Laurie Bunker Band. Most kids music sucks though.

    And I agree with Mariah, Bob Marley… We put on a Bob cd on the drive to DL and Sofie said, “Now thats some good driving music.” I love that kid.

    • renegademama

      Ha! That’s perfect. It is THE BEST driving music. Well said, Sofie.

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