“I’ll be your Emmylou and I’ll be your June, if you’ll be my Gram and my Johnny too. I’m not asking much of you, just sing little darlin’ sing to me” – First Aid Kit
Forgive me if I’m just totally gushing over this track, but this is just such a gorgeous mix of melody and sentiment that it bears sharing with everyone. As those who read my posts know by now, I am unapologetic in my love for Americana and Folk and, especially, songs that pay homage to the past and this track does both! This is just a beautifully orchestrated, yet simple love song that evokes musically the very legends it literally references. (In case, the names don’t ring a bell immediately, the sisters of First Aid Kit are referring to Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons and Johnny Cash and June Carter, each of which did a number of brilliant duets together.) But more than anything what gets me is the song’s central metaphor: equating the notion of building a relationship as the act of making art together (in this case a musical duet).
Check out the song and accompanying video below (or click here) which shows the sisters meandering through a Southwestern landscape accoutred in fitting 60s styled garbs. And, try not to fall in love with this song…
In case you want a little more First Aid Kit, check out the full album, The Lion’s Roar, here. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.