Tuesday, April 03, 2007

As Sufjan Stevens changes my life...














I can't get enough Sufjan Stevens.

His music is amazing.

Beautiful.

Healing.

I was listening this morning on my drive to work and I wanted to close my eyes, pull over to the side of the road (I know, I should really reverse those), and just bask in the glory of it all.

Lost in the cloud, a voice. Have no fear! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign. Son of man! Turn your ear.
Lost in the cloud, a voice. Lamb of God! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign. Son of man! Son of God!

Sufjan Stevens - The Transfiguration (mp3)

9 comments:

BruceD said...

If I were to buy one of his albums, which one would you recommend? Thanks!

Adam said...

If you are brave, I'd go with Illinoise - it's the best I've heard and supposedly the best he's done. I say "if you're brave" because it's a crazy record - but it's truly fantastic and beautiful.

I also have his Christmas set (which is awesome) and Seven Swans. I was disappointed with Seven Swans at first but now I love it (the MP3 here is from Seven Swans).

I haven't heard Michigan or The Avalanche but I want to get them soon.

Harper Merman said...

My favorite song of his is "For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti" -- kind of a lengthy title. It's off the Michigan record. It's one of my favorite songs , period. It's just beautiful. The last line is repeated several times, "I did everything for you."

Sufjan is a great writer.

I haven't heard the Christmas set yet. I'll have to get that.

-Eric

Mary said...

As a side note to the musical discussion, I would just like to point out that he is wearing a kite in that picture. A kite that is being held on by leiderhosen.

I'm sold.

Adam said...

Mary - yes, I love the wings!

Mark said...

I bought Seven Swans first not knowing which one to buy. I liked it but wasn't crazy about it.

Then I bought Illinois. Now I'm a huge fan. It is one of the most original and beautiful CDs I've ever listened to. Really a work of art. I also appreciate Seven Swans more having listened to Illinois for some reason. Michigan is next for me. In fact, maybe I'll buy it today.

Adam said...

Mark, it's kinda weird how it worked for me. I started with the Christmas cds and loved them. Then I got Illinoise and was initially disappointed because I loved the Christmas cds so much. But after a few listens I couldn't stop listening to Illinoise. I agree completely - "one of the most original and beautiful cds I've ever listened to." Then I got Seven Swans and was disappointed again! Actually it took until the third listen for me to like it. After that the appreciation (and love) for it has just grown and grown. I love it all and I can't wait to get Michigan and the Avalanche. I know GK really likes the Avanlance. I don't know his thoughts on Michigan.

Illinoise is still my favorite. One of my favorite all-time cds. I love that it is a very coherent album as a whole - not just a collection of random songs. In fact, just the other day I read something about someone's favorite song from the cd and I realized I didn't have a favorite song - I didn't even know the titles - it almost seemed irrelevant. It's not about separate songs - it's a beautiful whole album. I love it...I must stop writing now...now.

Mark said...

Did you notice that the band Snow Patrol dropped Sufjan into the lyrics of their recent hit "Hands Open"? Not a great song, but pretty interesting that they would mention Stevens.

"Put Sufjan Stevens on / And we'll play your favorite song / Chicago bursts to life / And your sweet smile remembers you / My Hands Open..."

gk said...

Sufjan crafted the soundscapes Michigan and Illinois to fit the subject matter. Michigan is very dreary, and for the lack of a better word, snowy. While Illinois is generally about rebirth and renewal (and the occasional serial killer.

I'd say I love Michigan but that's not saying a whole lot. I agree with Harper in that "For the Widows in Paradise" is one of his best songs, if not his best. I'd say either that or "Casimir Pulaski Day." You can download "CPD" for free at amazon.com (it's legal, don't worry - not that you were) here:

http://www.amazon.com/Casimir-Pulaski-Day/dp/B0009SBX04/ref=sr_1_2/102-2460443-4429725?ie=UTF8&s=music-dd&qid=1175954185&sr=8-2

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