For Sunday: Vampire Weekend sings “Diane Young”

diane young

From their brand-new album: Vampire Weekend’s song “Diane Young.”

Think about the title. But not too long.



For years I wore mostly dull colors: gray and brown and blue (especially blue, because it brings out my eyes, tee hee).



Then, some years ago, I made a breakthrough, and I began to wear red shirts, and orange, and yellow, and chartreuse.



Now I love bright colors. I have a marigold-orange shirt, very vivid, and when I wore it a few weeks ago – “ORANGE!” a coworker shrieked. “I look at you, and all I can think of is ORANGE!”



Colors are important. They’re all around us, and we need to appreciate them. This is Pride Month, after all, with a flag that looks like this:




The colors have meanings: red is life, orange is healing, yellow is sunlight, green is nature, blue is harmony, and purple is spirit.


(The original flag included pink for sexuality and turquoise for magic/art. I wish they were still included.)


To quote Vampire Weekend:


Did you stay up

To see the dawn

In the colors

Of Benetton?



I love that song. It’s full of life and art and magic and sunlight and spirituality. Let’s hear it:





For Sunday: “Horchata,” by Vampire Weekend


Hey, Vampire Weekend fans: Album Three is only a few months away! (I haven’t heard any of the songs yet, but I am prepared to adore it.)

So here’s the first song from Album Two, which they released a few years ago free for nothing on the Internet: “Horchata.”

Here comes that feeling you thought you’d forgotten

Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on

Oh you had it but oh no you lost it

You understood so you shouldn’t have fought it

Sunday blog: “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” by Vampire Weekend


Partner and I are off to Cape Cod in a few days, so here’s a song in our honor.



I take great pleasure in these guys.  Their videos are quirky, but if the video doesn’t appeal to you, just close your eyes and listen to the song, it’s delightful.  



How can you not love a lyric like: “Did you stay up / To see the dawn / In the colors / of Benetton”?







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