The Milk-Eyed Mender
(Drag City, 2004)
A month or so ago I was riding in the car with two of my co-workers and my office manager and they, knowing that I spend most of my work day listening to my iPod, asked me to play them some of the music that I enjoyed most. Among the two or three songs I dared play them, Joanna Newsom was the must openly laughed at and criticized. “You really listen to this?” I don’t know if I will ever gain their respect back from the incident, yet, I wouldn’t change the experience. Yes, I do like Joanna Newsom and, you know what, I love The Milk-Eyed Mender. The lyrics are perfectly poetic, the harp work, from what I can gather and what has been told to me second-hand from an actual harpists, is amazing, and her voice is absolutely beautiful. I would take that voice over your Beyonces, Lady Gagas, Celine Dions, Fergies, Madonnas, or Maria Careys, etcetera. She has the best, most compelling voice I have ever heard.