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Song Stories

“Me and My Woman”

Roy Harper | 1971

Roy Harper's vocals and transcendent acoustic guitar work carry this 13-minute epic. "Me and My Woman" is full of folk music elements, but there are also weird, unsettling strings and odd vocals floating in the background of this densely layered song about the environment. Talking about this song, Harper said, "What is our destiny? Does it matter? Is it bound up with 'our' planet? In my opinion, yes." This songs and the other three tracks on the album Stormcock feature fellow guitarist Jimmy Page (billed as "S. Flavius Mercurius"), who had earlier paid homage to his friend on "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper," from Led Zeppelin III.

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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