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Playlist: Anything but typical

Posted by Stephen Hoffman

For Marketplace, Friday, August 20, 2010

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This week on Marketplace Money I was really pleased to use a bit of music that I tend to play around my house or in my iPod just about everyday. "Geraldine," by the Scottish band Glasvegas.

What I like about it, unfortunately, can be heard just by listening to the show because we have informal rules about not playing the lyrics in a bridge, I cut out before we got to the song's words, but I recommend everyone give it a listen.

Glasvegas consists of he band consists of James Allen on vocals and rhythm guitar, Rab Allan on lead guitar, Paul Donoghue on bass. When "Geraldine" starts, it's a great guitar riff that just builds to a pleasant roar, but when James starts singing, it seems like he's describing a typical relationship.

The lyrics start out: "When your sparkle evades your soul, I'll be at your side to console ... when your standing on the window ledge, I'll talk you back from the edge ... but when you get to the end of the stanza, you realize this is anything but typical."

See, I may be wrong, but the subject of the song isn't a wife or girlfriend, but someone who nonetheless offers to be there in support no matter what happens, through thick and thin. See Geraldine is a social worker, and she's there to make sure that nothing bad ever happens.

First time I heard it, it really gave me chills -- maybe because my father was a social worker and I knew how hard he tried to connect to his clients. But for whatever reason it's just an amazing example of great song writing.

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  • The Argument - The Sea and CakeBuy
  • Geraldine - GlasvegasBuy
  • Fot I Hose - CasiokidsBuy
  • One Finger Symphony - StereolabBuy
  • Caravan - Professor Longhair

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