2018. In North Carolina, a couple must be legally separated for 366 days before they are allowed to divorce. That's enough time to get lost.
If I did something right,
if I said something true,
I was only trying my best to impress you.
It was you who showed my mouth
how to make those joyful sounds:
the letters in your name. Oh, how I longed to address you.
You're not here, and that's alright,
'cause wherever you are tonight,
it's better by half 'cause of where you're going.
Sometimes things break in two,
but there are still treasures that I want to show you
before they get swallowed by the rising ocean.
There was nothing between us and the southern sky.
I can't explain it. I won't try.
I could've gone blind in the light you reflected.
Pearls of the deep, flightless dove: I promised you everything but love.
Love's only a word
for what the sound of your name had perfected.
You're not here, and that's alright.
I'm up late again tonight
saying your name and thinking about where you're going.
Sometimes things fall apart,
and reconstruction never starts.
Just show my the ledger and I'll pay whatever is owing.
You're not here, but I still am,
five hundred miles from Birmingham.
I just wish I knew
from Little Bird,
released November 16, 2018
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar: Scott Reu
Moog, Synth, Electric Bass: James Riotto
Drums, Temple Blocks, Marimba: Jason Slota
JV's 2019 release is experimental but eminently listenable, a trick that few artists can pull off. It's incredibly bold, but also deeply beautiful. I wish I could write something this arresting. Scott Reu