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Sufjan's "Mercury" live

“All that I dream – where do you run? Where do you run to?”

I was a bit late to the party and didn’t know that this happened until this afternoon, but OH, MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS, Sufjan Stevens and his buddies, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister, performed my very favorite track off their new album on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. And it was glorious!

There was much squealing. Or at least, I was trying very, very, very hard not to squeal with delight at my desk when I saw it on Asthmatic Kitty’s Facebook page.

Promoting their new album, Planetarium, Sufjan and crew brought out the gentle yet powerful tune called “Mercury,” my absolute favorite off the entire album. It was a more abbreviated version than both the album version and other previous live renditions, but it was still just as beautiful. Sufjan sounded a little nervous, but the song can prove difficult to sing, and he still did such a wonderful job, especially on the last portion of the song: “All that I dream/Where do you run?/Where do you run to?”

Oh, my heart.

Hearing this song felt as if someone took all of my worries in their arms and wrapped a warm, fresh blanket around my shoulders. I particularly appreciated the harmonizing in the song and the reemergence of the brass in the 2nd half as the planet Mercury danced on the television screens behind the band.

Check out their latest rendition of “Mercury” here and see for yourself! 🙂 It’s, ahem, out of this world! (…I’ll be here all night… okay, I’ll show myself out.)

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Sufjan quoteToday is July 1st, which means one thing to me – it’s Sufjan’s birthday! As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Sufjan is one of my very favorite musicians and has been an important part of my life for… my goodness, almost 10 years. His music has served as inspiration for my crazy ideas and drawings, has given me a cozy place to curl up and retreat from the world, and has allowed me to express my elation, my sorrow, my frustration. It has transported me back in time to experience happy or awkward memories. It has given me courage to face the demons in my life, to be my eccentric self more boldly, and to say “I love you” to the ones I cherish. It’s pointless to say it, but you know me – I’m gonna say it anyway: my life would have a bit of a void without Sufjan’s music and words.

In celebration of Sufjan’s birthday, I’ve come up with a list of my 15 favorite songs of his. Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. I could easily give you 50 or more, and for different reasons. But nonetheless, here are my top 15: (more…)

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Sufjan StevensWhat’s this I hear? Sufjan Stevens, who just got back from going on a Christmas tour, is doing another concert? WHAAAAAAAAAAT???

Of course, after scrounging around for information, I found that he’s only doing one concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as part of the Brooklyn Festival.

And of course he’s performing with Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly, doing the Planetarium set.

YOU GUYS. This means a few things:

1.) It totally sucks to live in the middle of nowhere far, far away from a coastline that isn’t a Great Lake (and I’m probably 500 or so miles away from the tip of one!).

2.) This gives me some hope that Sufjan could tour some more in the near future doing the Planetarium set.

3.) Maybe Sufjan will release the set on disc/mp3 or something!

The Planetarium is a set about, you guessed it, the planets and the sun and moon. I find it very captivating while maybe others could be turned off by it. My absolute favorite one of the set is “Mercury” – I STILL get goosebumps when I hear the middle section of that song. Check it out here! 🙂

You can read more about the concert here.

PLEEEEEEEAAAAASE, Sufjan, PLEASE come over here so I can see you! If I /have/ to go all the way to Chicago, I will, but St. Louis is preferable!

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