“SONG FOR EWE”
with SAMANTHA CRAIN
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a new singer-songwriter from Oklahoma (that once had “Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips as its “state song”) and she’s got an album coming on pink vinyl no less via Full Time Hobby, with the amazing title “You Had Me At Goodbye” – the ultimate Jerry Maguire flip! Welcome to Velvet Sheep, Samantha Crain! More a warm hallo, rather than an “Antiseptic Greeting”… (see below)
Samantha’s album was written while she worked at a pizza restaurant to save up money for music, touring and according to the blurb binge-watching films. She’d totally be at home in a John Hughes film alongside Molly Ringwald! Equally in the strange Lynch-ian hinterland of Twin Peaks.
Again worth highlighting from the blurb is this quote from Samantha about the song “Antiseptic Greeting”:
“This song is, more or less, about me being so oblivious to the world and people around me most of the time, that people think I’m a bitch or purposely being mean to them. When really I’m just not paying attention. I’m usually thinking about something else. The phenomenon of “resting bitch face” and assigning it to people, specifically women, is pretty telling of a society though, right? Really, I think it says most people are pretty ego-centric and think everyone should be thinking about them or paying attention to them at all times.”
Samantha’s right, these days people are so vain, they probably think this FB update is about them – to update the Carly Simon number for ’17.
Like the History of Apple Pie or ‘Allo Darling meets Lily Allen, but with the DIY punk work ethic of The Petticoats, if there was a “Sharon Signs To Cherry Red” for right now, Samantha Crain is the first person I’d put on it.
But enough blah from me, it’s over to Samantha for her exclusive “song for ewe”…
“A few weeks ago, after a long and busy night at the pizza restaurant that I work at, I locked the front door behind the last straggling customers and turned the lights up slightly.
The bartender, Andy, a Columbian man with great musical taste and a glorious laugh, poured me my ritual shot of Jameson and a dry cider and I began to mop the floors between sips. As I mopped, Andy put this song on (“Meu Fado Meu” by Mariza) and I, almost immediately, began to feel tears in the corners of my eyes.
The acoustic guitar crept into my body, through my ears, and then spread melancholically through my neck and spine and into my arms and legs, and then her voice comes in, sitting tentatively but confidently, between the rhythmic plucking. I don’t speak Portuguese so I didn’t understand any of the words in the song, but it just affected me in such a way and I immediately asked Andy who the singer was. He gave me a brief rundown of Fado music and this song has become an every day visitation.”
THANKS TO SAMANTHA, AND TO JAMES CROSSLEY AT IN-HOUSE PRESS
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