Day 102: Karen Dalton – Something On Your Mind

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Karen Dalton – Something On Your Mind

This amazing song serves as a pivotal brick in my wall of musical taste. Not only did it introduced me to Light in the Attic Records (who reissued Dalton’s work, among many other under appreciated geniuses of 60s music) but it opened me up to the wonderful music of female folk singers. A young music-loving me was suddenly bombarded with a female musician whose work was on the same level (if not above) as it’s male-dominated neighbors on my record shelf. Dalton’s raspy vocals reminded me of Tom Waits or Dave Van Ronk, the haunted echoey twang reminded me of Fleet Foxes (who I was into at the time and maybe should’ve realized that dues were owed the other way around) and the beautiful violin reminded me of Dylan’s Desire. But the person I have to thank most is director Noah Baumbach, who put this song over the closing credits of his film, Margot at the Wedding, which is where I first heard it.

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