I've been cruising around the music blogs a little bit the past few days. Trying to keep up with a blog of our own tends to make me forget to listen to all of the good stuff out there. So scrolling down on SaidTheGramophone, I came across these songs:
Sibylle Baier--"Tonight" (mp3)
Sibylle Baier--"I Lost Something in the Mountains" (mp3)
Sibylle Baier--"Wim" (mp3)
Sibylle Baier--"Softly" (mp3)
They're quiet and plain and quite beautiful--simple, everyday observations about events and people from the songwriter's life.
Here's the scoop: Sibylle Baier is a German actress who has worked with the director Wim Wenders. She recorded these songs at home over thirty years ago on a reel-to-reel. Her son, who is in the music biz, comes across them and makes a cd for his mother's birthday celebration. He also gives a copy to J. Mascis, who you might know as the lead guitarist/singer/creative genius behind Dinosaur Jr. Mascis gives them to a small, independent label that puts out the cd.
Give these songs a listen. Pick up the cd. Everyone who writes about them talks about how great they sound at night when you're winding down, ruminating, sipping a glass of wine or whatever.
Good music is timeless, as this uncovering after thirty plus years confirms.
Sibylle Baier's Colour Green is available at Itunes.