Sunday, April 13, 2008

Boy With A Coin :: Iron and Wine

It was lovely to be graced with the presence of six of the regular posters to this blog in my living room on Saturday and I thought I'd show off my tune for the week. I was and am super jazzed about this song and the video especially. Then wouldn't you know it, when everyone was piled expectantly on my couch...the sonuvabitch wouldn't load. So here it is now, by golly.

After watching it once, I set out to learn who made the movie, cuz its subtle beauty blew me away. While hunting, I found out that this song has actually been out for months and American Eagle even plays it on TV screens in their stores. *Hurmph* I still haven't learned for sure who made it, but I DID learn that Sam Beam (stage name "Iron and Wine"...after a bottle for "Beef Iron and Wine" suppliment that he saw in a drug store once) is actually a film maker and a former professor of cinematography at Florida State University. He wrote and 8-tracked songs in his spare time and it was by someone else's suggestion that he started making EPs of his collected recordings, and then much later started doing albums in a studio.
So chances are, this film is his doing....which makes him even cooler.

One of the reasons I flipped when I first saw it is cuz flamenco dancing really tugs at my gut strings. I got to see the troupe of Maria Benitez perform in Santa Fe a few years ago and it felt like we were witnessing a conjuring or some kind of miracle because the intensity and fluidity of everything about the music and movement made me believe that they were making something happen to the world by dancing that way. And this video drove home the idea that God might just be a flamenco teacher - fiercely beautiful and worthy of my stillness - just to witness her grace and how it turns the earth and whatnot.

To my lovely drag-ballers....MAN it was great to see you!!! XOXOXOXO

A boy with a coin he found in the weeds
With bullets and pages of trade magazines
Close to a car that flipped on the turn
When God left the ground to circle the world

A girl with a bird she found in the snow
Then flew up her gown and that’s how she knows
That God made her eyes for crying at birth
Then left the ground to circle the Earth

A boy with a coin he crammed in his jeans
Then making a wish he tossed in the sea
Walked to a town that all of us burn
When God left the ground to circle the world

1 comment:

.:m-e-g-g-o:. said...

i have literally listened to this song 25 times today alone...i'm so glad you shared it with us!!!!