“Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself”—Alan Moore
Nestled away into the far corners of our consciousness, storytelling manifests itself in our everyday lives. Storytelling may surface in the form of histories and memories, ethics, and a way to inspire or destroy people. The stories we turn over in our minds and pass to one another plays an integral role in shaping our human identity. This Sunday between 1 pm and 2 pm on The Campfire, we will examine four segments about people reproducing stories in their own lives for better and for worse. The audio essay transcript will be posted on Sundays at 2 pm.
Alpenglow /alp?n?gl?/ – “the rosy light of the setting or rising sun seen on high mountains”
Vermont-based band Alpenglow, formed at Middlebury College a few years back, released their debut EP “Solitude” this past October. Their atmospheric sound paired with the soaring vocals of Graeme Daubert place this band in a ripe spot for future success in today’s indie folk-rock scene.
I had the good fortune of seeing Alpenglow this past summer at a small music festival in Burlington, and I came away with one word: POLISHED. Although this band is in its beginning stages, they have a definitive, artful sound. The songs on this EP will inspire you to go bask in the glorious wilderness of Colorado and perhaps find that rosy glow on the snow-capped mountaintops.
On the title track, the fiddle and three-part harmonies contrast heavily with the amplified sound of the rest of the band, creating a country vs. city dynamic, also present in the lyrics: “If I wanted my solitude, I’d move to the city.”
The band bends these genres and images together with a delicious result.
Matthew Dear’s “Don and Sherri” is the second single off of his 2007 album Asa Breed. Though the music is buoyant, danceable and layered with blips, the lyrics suggest a man in distress, lacking the courage to approach someone. The tension grows as he worries the person will never know him if he doesn’t act.
Matthew Dear is beautiful both vocally and physically. Catherine Sinow disagrees, but I think he might just be the most gorgeous man ever.