Dusting From Their Eyes

A friend of mine introduced me to two new songs that I’ve really fallen in love with. One is light and fun, and the other is mysterious and beautiful.

The first is called "Future". You don’t have to think about it too deeply. You’re just free to enjoy it. The bass line and harmonies really take off about a minute and a half in. It makes me want to shuffle around and bob my head. Be warned: I have yet to resist its appeal!

The second song is titled "Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois". Apparently it’s from an album that musically chronicles the history of Illinois. Its author, Sufjan Stevens, has already done an album for Michigan. Which state will he do next?!? Tell me! Also, please tell me the history of the name of Sufjan.

Check out these lyrics:

When the revenant came down
We couldn’t imagine what it was
In the spirit of three stars
The alien thing that took its form
Then to Lebanon
Oh, God
The flashing at night, the sirens grow and grow
Oh, history involved itself
Mysterious shade that took its form
Or what it was, incarnation
Three stars
Delivering signs and dusting from their eyes

I’m just amazed at the beauty of this song. I really love it. It’s thick. Please give it a listen. I honestly don’t know how anything could be bad when it comes from an album with a track titled "They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!" I may have to just buy the whole album.

4 Comments

  1. Posted September 12, 2005 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    His intriguing name comes from his parents’ adherence to Subud, a spiritual movement they eventually abandoned. ‘It was very complicated growing up. My family moved through fads and phases very quickly, everything from EST training to crystal healing, macrobiotics and cooperative living. They weren’t even as conventional as hippies. They were… searching.’

    Buy the album, you won’t regret it.

  2. Posted September 12, 2005 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much!

    Let no one doubt that schdav rocks.

  3. Posted September 13, 2005 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I heart Sufjan.

  4. ørjan
    Posted November 27, 2008 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Sufjan is great. But what does it means; “dusting from their eyes”.

    If you know, let me know – send me an e-mail. Ok? Thanks
    Wish you all the best. Ørjan – norwegian dude.