Behind the Hoots: August

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John K. Samson
“Last Summer” – JADE (Lyrics by JADE, mix/mastered by Sunny Diamonds)
Last summer 
you planted all these dreams inside my head 
like seeds and they grew into trees so tall

Summer is often the season for falling in love, making new friends. It’s a magical time where everyone is full of dreams of the future but once fall hits, so does reality and often those relationships don’t last past the sunny days of camp or dreamy landscapes. “See you next year,” you may bid that person but a year is enough time to change a person.

Tiana Feng

“Something/Nothing” – Snake River (Lyrics by Reginald McKruski)

Jeanie says, “take one of these,”
And they bleed into one another’s dreams. 

The back story here is intriguing as Snake River continue their multi-album chronicle of Reg McKruski. His life in the town of Snake River Mountain is captured in his semi-autobiographical lyrical vignettes. At the centre of most of it is the relationship between him and his wife, Jeanie. In exchanges they wax poetically on the nature of their love and other things. Unique and fascinating.

– Mark Anthony Brennan

“Postdoc Blues” – John K. Samson (Lyrics by John K. Samson)

Don’t despair, you’ll get it right
Tomorrow night

Samson needs no introduction, and of course it’s hard not to see the first single from his upcoming Winter Wheat album as a spiritual successor to “When I Write My Master’s Thesis.” Where the previous song had angst, though, this one is written to soothe all the people stressing out as the end of their time in academia draws to a close. The refrain can be taken two ways: either things will get better tomorrow, or things could have gotten better tonight, but you procrastinated.

-Michael Thomas

“Think It Over” – Little Kid (Lyrics by Kenny Boothby)

You don’t need to answer now, 
just think it over. 
Don’t say anything out loud, 
just think it over.

I’ll forgo gushing too much about the brilliant new record from Little Kid, because I already did that last week, and get right down to it. “Think It Over” is a plea to a partner, or a deity, or a friend, to heal a broken relationship. Kenny Boothby is desperate for answers and to repair what has been broken and yet is willing to wait. It’s like he finds comfort in the silence because at least it’s not the end or the answer he doesn’t want to hear. “Just think it over” – It’s blissful uncertainty.

– Laura Stanley

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