Friday, February 27, 2015

“Way It Is, Way It Could Be” by Weather Station – A Song Review

     It's early 1970’s Joni Mitchell accompanied by the Ravi Shankar sitar sound, despite Shankar only having a guitar available for the performance. That’s what we hear when “Way It Is, Way It Could Be” hits the top of the playlist. The sitar-like flavor is most apparent just after the slight crescendo which begins at 2:30. But “Way It Is, Way It Could Be” is actually a song from Toronto’s The Weather Station. The voice belongs to Tamara Lindeman. On the upcoming album “Loyalty,” Lindeman plays the guitar, keyboard and banjo. In sports, the expression would be, “She’s got game.”
     According to the website of The Weather Station, “Loyalty” is “a collaboration between Lindeman and Afie Jurvanen, also known as 'Bahamas.'” The Facebook page identifies the members of The Weather Station as Tamara Lindeman, Ben Whiteley (bass), Adrian Cook (pedal steel), and Ian Kehoe (drums). The album is scheduled for release on May 5, 2015.

     When is the best time to listen to “Way It Is, Way It Could Be?” Our response is: “Those times that allow you to quietly appreciate the talent of skilled artists and then ask yourself why you don’t make the time do so more often.”

     “Way It Is, Way It Could Be” by Weather Station

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