31 songs, nick hornby: penguin.
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_couldn’t think of any other cover to post today since i’m listening to lonely avenue (nick hornby and ben folds’ music project) in a loop the whole day.
In Hornby’s 2002 Songbook [published in UK as 31 Songs], a collection of 30 essays about pop songs published to benefit children’s charities in the US and the UK, Hornby ruminated on Folds’ “Smoke” . (…) The essay was ostensibly about the painstaking craft of creating the effortless-seeming pop song, of which Hornby considers Folds a master, but, like most of the essays in the book, it addressed so much more. Hornby called “Smoke” “one of the cleverest, wisest songs about the death of a relationship that I know” and, he admitted, he turned to it regularly as his own marriage unraveled. | Michael Hill