I used to live in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, that is - not Virginia). One evening, I was telling a friend how much I loved this band Dark Dark Dark, and we decided to check their website for any shows they would be playing in New York. Well, not only were they playing, but it was down the block from my apartment in about an hour. It was an outrageous bit of luck, so we ran out the door, dashed down the street, and flung ourselves into a very crowded bar where we had just enough time to grab a beer and watch them set up.
When the band started to play, the entire crowd became hushed, with even cooler-than-thou hipster types sitting on the floor cross-legged like children around a campfire. Nona Marie Invie - the band's lead singer, songwriter, and accordionist - has the throaty, bewitching voice of a gypsy woman speaking directly to the soul of the earth. When she sings of spells for letting go or a golden thread to spin, you believe her. And when she sings of daydreaming, you daydream with her.
"Oh now look to the east,
Great mountains remember me!
Oh I wound around you for miles,
I sat down right there and stretched my bones."