SONG OF THE DAY – “I NEED MY GIRL” by The National

February 5, 2013

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Snowed in again today! Woke up to 8 new inches of snow and then it started to sleet which put a nice layer of ice on top of it all. My husband was meant to fly out to California this morning, but with the crazy weather warnings, he made a quick change of plans and flew out last night. Good thing he did as all flights were canceled this morning. I got a text at 4:28 am this morning letting me know that he had just arrived. That is the joy of flying across the country and 3 time zones! The crazy things we do!

I am posting a song today by The National. The band was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio back in 1999 and are now based in Brooklyn. Their 2013 album release, Trouble Will Find Me, was nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Alternative Album.

The band is made up of Matt Berninger (the baritone singer & lyrics writer) and two pairs of brothers: twins, Aaron and Bryce Dessner (guitarists), and Scott and Bryan Devendorf (bass and drums). Matt writes the lyrics to the songs, and the rest of the guys contribute to writing the music. It sounds like they make a very cooperative team in their creative process. I love the texture of their music and I think they would be incredible to see live.

The band had a slow start, but have progressively gained more and more followers, critically acclaimed albums, and strong reviews. They have been considered, by some, as one of the most “distinctive underground rock bands of the last decade.” In a 2007 article by TheSceneStar, their lyrics were described as “dark, melancholy, and difficult to interpret.” Matt Berninger indicated that he would say “… they’re on the darker side of the spectrum …” but he wouldn’t classify them or himself as being dark.

I would definitely call their music moody and melancholy, and I can only take them in small doses (or when my mood is in the same place!), but I really love this song. Have you ever had anyone say to you, “I need my girl.” It is such an incredibly honest and vulnerable statement, and a powerful message on the receiving end. I totally think they caught the moment in this song.

I hope you enjoy the music today. Definitely different from yesterday’s rap … I like to keep it interesting. 🙂

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