SONG OF THE DAY: September 9th

Written by Steve Pierce on . Posted in Music

Counting Crows, “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby”

The Song of the Day feature makes its less-than-triumphant return after a Labor Day weekend (and then some) break. Apologies to anyone who actually came looking for their daily dose yesterday to no avail; It’s just always so tough to get back into the swing of things after a vacation. Nonetheless, we are here now with yet another song that you will probably either love or loathe. That’s just the way we operate.

I like Counting Crows. I am not alone in this feeling, but there are certainly many who snigger heartily at the very thought of one enjoying the work of Adam Duritz. True, he’s become a ginormous tool over the last five years, but the band hasn’t made anything really worthwhile since 1999′s This Desert Life anyway, so we’ll call it even. That being said, when Counting Crows were good, they were good. I’ve always viewed them as a kind of response to the early-’90s grunge movement; an anti-Nirvana, if you will. Armed with addictive pop melodies drenched in layers of Hammond organ, keys, accordion and other very non-Cobain instruments (and with the occasional hint of a countrified Southern rock lead guitar), these Bay Area phenoms seemed to be everything their Seattle counterparts weren’t. (No unintelligible moaning, sloppy power chords, public self-loathing or Courtney Love.)

“Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby,” off the aforementioned This Desert Life, is one of my favorite Crows songs. Admittedly, it is a little long at almost eight minutes. However, I feel the song represents everything that Duritz’s crew did well and, as a result, the song doesn’t feel too long, but often not long enough. I just want every lead guitar line and ooh-ing background vocal to extend on forever, enveloping my entire life in a soundtrack of late-’90s pop-rock goodness. Alas, it cannot be. Yet the song, posted below as always, perfectly encapsulates what came after grunge and pushed music a step back toward melody and musicianship. Give it a spin; You might not totally hate it.

Listen to: Counting Crows, “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby”

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