Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Viva Voce - The Slow Fade
A few months ago I lost both the main and backup hard drives containing my iTunes Library. Roughly 1TB worth of data... gone. As you can imagine I was super excited... of course not, I was uber pissed, so angry I couldn't believe it, a hugh moment of "Are You Fuckin' Kidding Me?!?!? The main and the backup!!!" It was the best Ad for a Drobo ever and helped re-ignite a strong desire for Spotify, because, well, this has happened before over the years, and even though I had older versions of my library on other drives, I'm getting tired of managing hard drives, I just want access to a shit ton of music.
Now having those older drives with part of my music library is great, except for when you want to hear something that you purchased recently. Fortunately E-Music has very liberal Re-download Policy which came in very handy yesterday when I had Viva Voce's "The Slow Fade" in my head. The haunting chorus of "Gone Gone Gone" kept playing over and over in my ears as I tapped out the lulling rhythms on my steering wheel while driving to work, on my customers desk that afternoon and at the dinner table last night. Stuck on repeat was this simple lullaby of a break up and goodbye song. This morning I re-downloaded Vive Voce's Rose City and couldn't be happier to hear the this song in full and release my self of only remembering the one phrase of the chorus.
The march of the piano and the slide guitar set the mood of a county dirge while a wobbly distorted square wave from a keyboard fades in and out to accent the vocal melody. It's a simple and beautiful song, fitting for the end of a record, a relationship or mourning the loss of your music collection... "Gone, Gone, Gone."