Thursday, September 29, 2011

Laura Marling - Goodbye England

Not a new song by any means, but just re-appreciating it after seeing Laura Marling at Webster Hall last night. I've always loved this song because it makes me a bit jealous. The affection Marling feels for her homeland is so palpable here. Don't get me wrong, I love my city with all my heart (though it is a bitch when "covered in snow"), but listening to this song I've always felt like the American looking in on something that only true Brits could understand. Marling's performance of this song last night was superb but the thing that was really great about it was her banter beforehand. She talked about how she never feels more English than when she is in New York City and proceeded to tell stories that definitley deserve an "only in New York" tag. "Only in New York" is probably the biggest source of pride I have when it comes to the city I was born in, so it was awesome and generous of Marling to share that with the NYC audience right before singing a song about how much she loves her own country. Granted, this song is about (among other things) how beautiful England is and Marling's NY stories were about homeless women howling in the middle of the street and swinging rats around by the tail...but I guess we'll take what we can get.

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