Well Dolly Parton is certainly having a moment, isn’t she? I’m here for it. At some point in the not too distant future I’ll have much more to say in regards to the Dolly Parton’s America podcast but for now I have her foray into dance music. “Have a Little Faith in Me” is originally a song by John Hiatt, but has been covered a bunch. I love the original and I have yet to meet a cover of it that I don’t like. That includes this new dance remix version by Galantis and Dolly Parton featuring Mr. Probz. It dropped at the end of October, but I first heard it on the CMA Awards last week. It’s definitely going to get you chair dancing on this Friday morning. Go listen and bring some joy into your life.
We just finished watching the third and most likely final season of Netflix’s show Atypical. I love this show so much. My husband insisted we only watch one episode a night so I could have a little treat every day instead of binging my way through it and running out of episodes in like two days. The show is a great character based dramedy focused on the Gardner family.
Keir Gilchrist plays their teenage son Sam who has autism. Although the show is a lot about how his autism affects the family all of the characters are fully formed and have their own personalities and lives in their own rights. The show is equally about his younger sister Casey who is a high school track star, who loves her brother but doesn’t coddle him. They have a fantastic brother-sister relationship that I love. She also has one of the best depictions of a high school kid questioning their sexuality that I’ve ever seen.
The parents played by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rappaport also have their own drama. Elsa, the mother who has poured everything into raising a special needs child, is now facing no longer being needed as much as she once was as her kids are growing up. Their marriage becomes strained and much of the series focuses on them trying to come back from that.
The show never shies away from the difficulties Sam faces or the headaches he can cause for those around him, but it also shows his growth and the great things he also brings to other people. The relationships he has with his girlfriend Paige and his best friend Zahid are wonderful.
My only real quibble with the show, which isn’t a huge one is that for whatever reason they kept Sam’s therapist around after season 1 when things that happened during that season really meant she should have been gone. She shows up fairly sparingly during the third season, but every time she came back I wondered why. The creators must have really liked that actress.
All the relationships on this show feel so real, and that’s why I love it so much. It’s funny and heartfelt. It’s really just such a good show the likes of which are few and far between these days. I’m sadly betting that Netflix won’t be renewing it for another season. They seem to cancel a lot of things after 3 or 4 seasons these days and since I don’t know a single other person who watches this show I feel like it probably doesn’t bring them huge ratings and obviously isn’t bringing them much word of mouth. They did leave all the characters in a good place with the writers obviously sharing my presumption that this will be the end. There’s still plenty of story left to tell if Netflix doesn’t break my heart and actually renews it. Here’s hoping. Seriously go watch it right now and give them a reason to bring it back for a fourth season.
I’m doing something I don’t normally like to do and sharing a somewhat unauthorized version of a song. Hopefully the YouTube algorithms are getting some of money back to the actual artist. The song in question is a Fiona Apple’s cover of The Waterboys’ song “The Whole of the Moon” with backing vocals by Phoebe Bridgers. It was apparently used in the closing scene in the final episode of the tv show The Affair. I quit watching that show seasons ago, so I didn’t actually see it used there I just heard about it afterwards.
They haven’t officially released a version of this song, but apparently some people have isolated the audio from the show and posted it on YouTube. It would be nice if Fiona Apple actually put out an official version of it. Or maybe it’s destined to be like my white whale of a song, which is Patty Larkin’s cover of Warren Zevon’s “Tenderness on the Block”, which is used at the end of the movie Sliding Doors but for whatever reason wasn’t on the soundtrack and as far as I’ve ever been able to find has never been recorded. Trust me I’ve been looking for 20+ years at this point.
I’ve always loved the original version of this song, and I really like this cover of it as well. It felt fitting to write about this song this week because it feels like it’s been following me a little bit. On Sunday I watched the cheesy, teen Christmas movie Let It Snow that just came out on Netflix and the original version of this song is prominently featured in it. So here’s a slightly subpar recording of Fiona Apple’s version of it. If she ever releases the song for real I’ll come back and link to that instead.
Earlier this week I was debating which of the gloriously gloomy female indy rock songs featured on this week’s All Songs Considered I wanted to feature on the blog today. It was an embarrassment of riches if that type of music is your thing like it’s totally mine. You should just go listen to the episode because I wound up pivoting entirely when I found out that Delta Rae was dropping the first single off of their forthcoming album, The Light this morning.
Delta Rae brands themselves as the Great American Southern Gothic Male Female Soul Folk Pop Country Family Band. As such they’ve said they have a lot of problems with record labels because they want to pigeonhole artists into a genre so they can market them and Delta Rae didn’t like feeling like they had to be put in box and constrained in the type of music they were making to please their label. Thus they’re setting out on the indie label road again and they funded their next two albums The Darkness and The Light through Kickstarter (which I backed). They wound up getting fully funded in something like 48 hours so for the rest of the month they just kept adding on ridiculous stretch goals. I for sure know we’re getting a Holiday album, which was what I was most excited about. There’s also going to be an acoustic album and I think some music videos and even a live stage musical of some sort. I sort of lost track.
Unlike the aforementioned sad songs I was considering for this week, “Take Me There” is pretty much the opposite of that. It’s a super peppy song definitely more on the pop spectrum of their music. It’s a much better song for a Friday morning. Go listen and do a little dance.