The Low Anthem

RIYL Mixtape / The Avett Brothers :: Death Becomes Her or “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”

By Amanda DK

The Avett Brothers have a very special place in my heart.

I’ll admit, for most of my collegiate first few post-grad years, when I first moved to Los Angeles, my musical knowledge was very limited. It wasn’t because I didn’t love music, I just viewed the world of music much like I still do Sephora: vast and overwhelming. I didn’t know where to start.

When I first started dating my current boyfriend, one of the first artists I remember hearing in his car was The Avett Brothers. It was right around when I And Love And You came out, and I was transfixed. I listened to it so much that I was actually able to learn the words to most of the songs (something I am terrible at). This was the kind of music I liked.

TA Mixtape / Journey Into The Unknown

Considering my mix this week was inspired by Josh Ritter’s “Another New World,” I suppose it’s only appropriate that I went on a bit of a journey to make it.  At first I was thinking that I would stick to American poetry references that were vaguely about adventure and exploration – immediately settling on “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.  Just as quickly I decided that “Woods” by Bon Iver needed to be on it.  Then, however, I found myself veering farther away from the poem, focusing more on the theme of discovery and the unknown.  I tried to stick with songs tonally similar to the Bon Iver track, but it was hard to commit to one genre so thought I would at least strive for an “offbeat edge” for a common thread.  And so, like any long journey (at least any journey of mine) I probably got lost a few times along the way, but I’m pretty please with where I found myself in the end.


Animal Kingdom: Bird Brained

Allow me to take a moment to drop some poetry on you, by one of my absolute favorite poets, Emily Dickinson…

A Bird Came Down

A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,–
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head

Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home

Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, splashless, as they swim.

I think one of the reasons I love Emily Dickinson is that her whole bag is translating emotion and desires into images you can feel.  Just by reading her work you can tell how repressed she is.  So many of her poems capture this urge to escape, to take a leap, to fly – I imagine she would have particularly liked to be a bird.  Not a poetry fan?  Well, take flight with these tracks instead…

Animal Kingdom: For The Birds by teamanda

And two very different videos of the day.  One suggested by my very clever boyfriend (I quote, “Bird themed band, song AND video. That’s how you say BOO-YAH.”)

And a classic video that you can even SING ALONG TO.


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