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Monday, March 24, 2008

Mp3 of the Week: “You Geranium, You Potato” by Shelby Sifers

Shelby Sifers, if you haven’t heard of her, is amazing writer and singer making minimalist musings and sweet songs. Her voice is often called “childlike” even in the most loving circles, but I would say it reflects the melancholy of an individual who tries to be hopeful in every circumstance.

“You Geranium, You Potato,” is taken off her overlooked first album Yeah And I’m In Love Too and it is particularly striking. Like my favorite Shelby songs, a lone acoustic guitar plays allowing her voice to shine. She has some lovely harmonies courtesy of Joshua Fu, of The Lonesome Architects if I’m not mistaken.

Basically my take on this song is that it’s about caring for someone who is really depressed and I wish people would sing this to me when I’m feeling down. It’s about seeing someone’s sadness and falling in love with the inherent wisdom/beauty that often (I feel) comes with depression. It is seen quite clearly in the last lines, “There’s never a time/when you don’t feel like dyin’/But somehow/I just love you more…”

Shelby Sifers-"You Geranium, You Potato"

Shelby Sifers on myspace, she is on tour right now!
Buy her records at Oh Map! Records


Librarian Russ said...

I'd hardly say her first album is any more overlooked than everything she's made. More people have blogged about her second one recently because it came out just last year, but back in my day, we only had ONE Shelby Sifers album, and we learned to LIKE IT.

Librarian Russ said...

YOU KIDS TODAY ARE SPOILED with your TWO Shelby albums and your Shelby Sifers/Rian James split and your free downloading website thingamajig. Back in my day you had to get the Shelby album through a website called ohmaprecords.com.

Steven Ray Morris said...

oh man Russ, this just made my day.

BTW Shelby and I traded records, so I gotz me the old grandpa style things called CDs? I think that's what they're called, but it might be beyond my time.