November 11, 2010
Lauren Ingraham Alexander
If you had told me 10 years ago that I would some day walk around with a machine in my pocket that makes calls, takes pictures, and streams music from the internet with near perfect quality I would have thought you were crazy. But the future is in my pocket apparently and thanks to Pandora (the poor man’s Ipod) I can walk and walk and walk soaking in all the pretty things and fresh air with pretty fresh new music. The good/evil thing about using Pandora is that it only gives you limited control over what you hear; for example you can tell it what kind of music you like and it will pick songs for you. You can skip the crummy ones. And I often do. But sometimes it magically knows exactly what I will LOVE. Lately, I had been hearing an Alejandro Escovedo song that I assumed was old (the channel plays music across decades thankfully) but soon realized is off the newest album Street Songs of Love. Which I don’t have….? And I call myself a fan. Ooops. We’ll have to see if we can fix that. Anyway – the song is called Down in the Bowery and I can’t find a good Youtube clip but you can hear part of it on the website if you want. I don’t claim to know the song inside and out or anything but the parts that I feel like I get are about pulling someone or yourself towards life, free from the rivets and chains of whatever holds you back. Beautiful.