Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered and mastered by Sam Patlove
Well, you might as well just sit.
Well, you might as well just lay here.
Well, you might as well just stay.
Cause I'm not moving on.
Sera Cahoone, a singer and songwriter from Seattle, Washington, sings those few lines in her song, "You Might As Well," from her 2008 record, "Only As The Day Is Long." There's either too much to hang onto or not enough. Later in the session, she sings, "I'm safe for now but I know the rest is on its way," and you're left wondering if the sky's really going to fall. You sorta just have to take her word for it. It sounds like she's seen it happen once or twice before and she might even have the photographs to prove it. Cahoone's somber songs of living feel like a poem by Robyn Sarah, entitled, "Riveted."
"It is possible that things will not get better
than they are now, or have been known to be.
It is possible that we are past the middle now.
It is possible that we have crossed the great water
without knowing it, and stand now on the other side.
Yes: I think that we have crossed it. Now
we are being given tickets, and they are not
tickets to the show we had been thinking of,
but to a different show, clearly inferior.
Check again: it is our own name on the envelope.
The tickets are to that other show.
It is possible that we will walk out of the darkened hall
without waiting for the last act: people do.
Some people do. But it is possible
That we will stay seated in our narrow seats
all through the tedious denouement
to the unsurprising end - riveted, as it were;
spellbound by our own imperfect lives
because they are lives,
and because they are ours."
**This Daytrotter Session was originally recorded in September 2010. Sera Cahoone's new album, Deer Creek Canyon, will be released on September 25th via SubPop Records.
Sera Cahoone Official Site
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