I first heard Oren Lavie's "Her Morning Elegance" thanks to Rock & Roll Mama. I've heard it several times on Philly's independent radio station, XPN, since then, and each time I've fallen more in love.
How fantastic is that video? It's the perfect end of the winter song. Lavie's velvety voice pulls me from whatever frenetic state I happen to be in at that moment and places me somewhere calm. And in the middle of my slightly psychotic days, a song like this is exactly what I need. It's some kind of wonderful pollination between Nick Drake, Alexi Murdoch and Badly Drawn Boy.
Her Morning Elegance is soothing, but it still makes me feel like I need to move. I want to drop what I'm doing and take a stroll through the sunny city streets and fall in love with everyone I see, like the guy who's selling flowers and the old man walking his dog and the woman pushing a stroller and the meth addict who wanders up and down my street yelling at cars. I want to be alone, but surrounded by people. I want to shake off the stress of the day, maybe flip some people the bird, throw all my papers into the air, and skip out into the sunshine by myself. And look really pretty doing it in a cute spring jacket with a belt and really great pair of shoes. And then everyone will shake their heads and smile because there goes that really pretty, slightly unhinged girl, doing her thing again, you know? Isn't that what every girl wants?