No Song is Safe From Us

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I now come to the part of this week I’ve been dreading, which is why I figured I’d get it over with sooner rather than later. In general, I was a bit uneasy having to select songs from the rock/pop realm. I have very varied tastes, how am I supposed to choose just a couple? I had to be careful because I tend to go overboard on a particular band I discover before discarding them completely (current obsessions include indie groups Alvvays and Big Thief). One thing, however, was certain: there would undoubtedly be a song from Ryan Adams… but which one? In many ways it’s the equivalent of a hardcore Beatles fan having to choose a single tune that sums up their feelings. Ryan is incredibly prolific: eighteen studio albums, scores of unreleased material that he teases on occasion, and singles albums he was recording and releasing monthly just a couple years ago.

His music has accompanied me everywhere I’ve been since I first heard him about fifteen years ago. He continues to amaze me with his constantly-evolving style and his continual growth as an artist and a musician. Today, I’ve chosen “Meadowlake Street” from, arguably his greatest album, Cold Roses.

The repeated lyric “if loving you’s a dream that’s not worth having.. then why do I dream of you?” is set so beautifully and the almost intentionally muddy and approximate three-part harmony on its final appearance is just the icing on the cake. For years now this song has been rather therapeutic for me. Following a performance that didn’t go as I expected or when battling a bout of homesickness or missing my girlfriend, I would listen to this on the train or the walk home.

He’s an artist I would highly recommend to anyone unfamiliar with his music (for fun, check out his cover of Taylor Swift’s entire ‘1989’ album!) A dream was realized this summer when I finally saw him in concert. I’ve lost track of how many times I narrowly missed seeing him due to traveling for work. It was sensational. OK.. more tomorrow. Time for bed.

Ryan Adams “Meadowlake Street”

Andrew Owens

Winner of the Zarzuela prize at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition, American tenor Andrew Owens has quickly built a reputation as one of the most promising singers of his generation, exhibiting a beautiful Italianate timbre, soaring top notes, and effortless agility.  An alumnus of NYFOS’s Emerging Artist program, Andrew will appear in the program Schubert / Beatles during our upcoming tours to the Moab Music Festival and Lyric Opera Kansas City.

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