Friday, September 08, 2006

Favorite Song of the Week: Ray LaMontagne - Big Boned Woman (take 2)

For Christmas last year my pop gave me one of those “quote-a-day” calendars. Being the kind of girl that I am, he gave me the Wild Words From Wild Women desk calendar. There have been quite few good quotes from it, but I really liked the one from Thursday, Sept. 7th.

“Sometimes when I’m feeling sad or lonely, I’ll have a snack, like a brownie or a cupcake, and it makes me feel better. I don’t think that’s such a big deal because I know a lot of women who, when they’re feeling sad or lonely, will have a baby.” – Jessica Delfino, self-professed “singer of dirty rock songs”

Right on sister.

In the spirit of that quote, I give you my favorite song of the week.

Listen: Ray LaMontagne - Big Boned Woman (take 2) mp3

Not being of the 2% body fat hipster crowd, I get it. A woman isn't supposed to be made up of straight lines and hard angles. We're supposed to have curves... breasts, hips, thighs. Physicaly strong? Oh you betcha. Curves that tempt but with thighs that could crush a man lacking the ability to appreciate them.

Ray LaMontagne gets it. He has a voice that can woo any woman, a beard that will tickle all the right places and story that'll charm the pants off you.

Ray LaMontagne's alarm clock delivered a life-changing epiphany when it blared Stephen Stills' "Treetop Flyer" at four in the morning to get him up for his dead-end job at a Lewiston, Maine shoe factory. "It's like a light went off and everything became very clear to me," LaMontagne recalls in a measured tone, nearly 12 years later. "That period of my life was a dark, dark time, but I knew at that moment exactly what I wanted to do; I wanted to play music."

If you dig it, go buy some of his schwag. Listen to more of his songs and be his friend at myspace.

And never forget, a big boned woman could put the mash in your potato.

*** Favorite Song Last Time I Had One: The Washdown - Right Foot ***

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