Music Video Weekend: Ryan Adams, “When the Stars Go Blue”

“Where do you go when you’re lonely? Where do you go when you’re blue?”

I think about music all the time. Always have. Listen to it, read about it, close my eyes and feel it. I hate to say this, but I think I care about music the way Lewis Buzbee cares about books. And yet I’m not too clear on how that relates to this blog. It always feels a little self-indulgent whenever I talk about music and show clips. I think: There’s some reader out there who gets really annoyed whenever I do this.

But I.

Can’t.

Stop.

Myself.

By way of throwing a bone to that angry, hostile reader, I’ve moved “Music Video Friday” to “Music Video Weekend,” because somehow that fits better.

Anyway: I’ve listened to this song a lot over the past month or two. A truly sublime melody, deeply beautiful. For those new to Ryan Adams, please don’t confuse him with Bryan Adams (yuck). He’s done a lot of great work over the years, but I think his recent disk, “Easy Tiger,” would be a good place to start. The track below is from his 2001 disk, “Gold.”

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2 comments

  1. Kurtis says:

    I love this song so I feel bad inserting a correction, but Ryan’s first solo disc was “Heartbreaker.” And there was a few before that with the band Whiskeytown, which include some of his best work. :-)

    Mostly I agree with the importance of the “Ryan/Bryan” distinction. Urban legend has it that he got so sick of people requesting “Cuts Like a Knife” that he now throws people out if they do it.

    BTW, I read Six Innings and thought it was excellent.

  2. jimmy says:

    Kurtis, thank you for the correction. And yes, big cheers for Whiskeytown; great band.

    Thanks about Six Innings, that’s a great compliment coming from the author of MUDVILLE. (It’s on my list, honest!)

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