Music Monday

Addition: Another song to add to a playlist of happy tunes for the summer!

The Avett Brothers: At The Beach

Now, I’m not really one for “country”. There’s just something about a fake country accent belting in a song that makes me a little ticked off. If British crooners and Irish song-birds don’t have accents while singing, why should a Southerner? But, there is something about a song that tells a narrative that makes me a little excited, and if there’s something that country music is known for, it’s just that. So, contrary to my above opinion, I listen to some country. I like a little Johnny Cash, Hunter Parrish, Lady A…John Mayer’s new album. And, The Avett Brothers.

I’m not one for blindly battering on about music having to be categorized in a certain genre. The Avett Brothers are one of many artists that I listen to where I just don’t know where to place them. They’re a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and a little bit of that new folk, bluegrass-sound that is becoming more and more popular everyday. Spotify relates them to Old Crow Medicine Show, The Head and the Heart, and the Civil Wars, three more artists that are verging on the lines of folk and melding with popular music. Old Crow Medicine Show can be heard blasting at any frat party, and the Civil Wars, they were featured in The Hunger Games Soundtrack. So, the Avett Brothers are just that, that same mix of styles, genres, and attitudes. Their song, At the Beach, is one great example of this.

The lyrics are a story, and Seth and Scott Avett’s voices have that hint of twang that characterizes a country song. Yet, this song isn’t played on country radio. And it’s jammed to at popular indie, jazz, and bluegrass festivals. The moral of this story: NO MATTER WHAT GENRES YOU LIKE, THIS IS A PERFECT SUMMER SONG. And The Avett Brothers rock, whether they are country or not. Enjoy!

Lyrics:
I know that you’re smiling, baby,
I don’t even need to see your face
Sunset at the shoreline, we are laughing, breaking up,
Just like the waves
Are you feeling, feeling, feeling like I’m, feeling
Like I’m floating, floating, up above that big blue ocean
Sand beneath our feet, big blue sky above our heads,
no need to keep stressing from our everyday life on our minds
We have got to leave all that behind

Well, I have got a sister,
And she has got a baby with brand new eyes
And her daddy is an engineer,
And they just took her to the sea for the first time
Now they’re under, under, underneath a big umbrella
Summer, summer, summer time to help us forget, nine to fives
We have got to leave all that behind

I have worries to give to the sea
We can walk dear the pier is farther than it seems

Midnight at the shoreline, fireworks above us
A screaming bloom
They’re sent by some teenager and kid whoever you are
I am thanking you
Now we’re dancing, dancing, dancing with no music
What is happening, happening, happening and no feelings
Except this is right
We just had to leave all that behind
http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858607620/#OSpf0iOFLjgEWff2.99

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