Song Reflections: Fair to Midland “Musical Chairs”

“Musical Chairs” — people taking turns, always moving, trying not to miss out on a chair.  This is a cautionary tale of sorts, of what it can feel like, chasing the tails of the latest trends or following the crowd.  “The right of way is a wild goose chase” — the rat chase of trying to stay ahead, sticking to what’s proven and reliable — it may leave you feeling bewildered and restless.

There are some things that don’t change, that don’t need to change.  And knowing who or what you are, and sticking to it no matter what — there is a great sense of focus, comfort and strength in that.  “I’m just a stick in the mud” he says, and I admire him for that.

 

Fair to Midland: Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True

I’ve been thinking about these guys a lot since they’re coming to St. Paul this Thursday (March 24, 2011).  Ever-cryptic Fair to Midland is a fascinating and talented alternative metal band from Texas, one of the best of young indie acts I’ve heard. What makes them so good? Well, to …