Have any of you ever watched the television show, Chuck?
I haven't. I'd never heard of it until a couple of weeks ago.
This should not come as a surprise to any of you. I have no television channels so I don't know nothin' 'bout what's on the boob tube unless someone grabs me by the shoulders and shakes me until my teeth rattle. Then I know there's something I ought to be watching. I kinda wish someone would have given me shaken baby syndrome over this show though because the premise sounds fascinating to me!
Anyway! This isn't about me. Moving on.
Here's a special scene from the show. I'd like for you to pay particular attention to the music in the background:
Got it? Good.
Here is the song without the action...
Y'all see that angel-faced girl in the background?
I have a big crush on Jessie.
Jessie, that girl with the face, voice, and spirit of an angel, is a beloved friend of Lex. She sleeps on our couch when she comes through town. I love it when she comes through town. Her energy is just so...so...SO GREAT!
This past July, she and her band, Alameda, came through town on tour, stopping to play the Underground Music Festival here in Denver. So enamored of their music was I, I begged for 2 copies of the Alameda CD - Seasons/Spectres - one for me, one for my favorite indy radio station getting ready to launch (that'd be OpenAir...public radio, y'all. Can you dig it? I knew that you could. Now go like them on Facebook).
That CD has been stuck in my car's CD player (no really, it's actually stuck in there. I can't get it out, even if I wanted to) ever since.
It's so amazing and lovely and...and...and...not since Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits have I found an album that can put me in THAT place. It's a special, calm, soft sort of space. Part of it is the song writing, part of it is the voice of the cello, part of it is Jessie...knowing Jessie and thinking she's covered in awesome sauce talent - because she totally is.
Here is my most favorite song on the album, New Leaf...
Starting at 2:29...is that NOT the face of an absolute angel?! Believe me, it is. I know. I've been near that angel. Even Vinny loves her.
If you are so inclined, you can...
Buy the album at CD Baby, or
Request a song to be played from Alameda's album by your favorite indy station. KEXP out of Seattle, for instance (I'm looking at you, Dayna and Periphery and Dr. Jenni o_O). Or from The Current, (shout out to those Minnesotans out there like Michael's Fishbowl and The Time For Change).
Regardless. You don't have to buy the album or like the YouTube video or request any of their songs.
I just wanted all of you to know about Jessie. Because I think Jessie is one of the most beautiful souls I've ever met. And I have an incredibly strange sense of pride when I think that one of their songs made it onto network television even though I had absolutely nothing to do with it whatsoever.
Y'all? Jessie and Stirling and Alameda? That's talent.