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Olivia

July 10, 2006 9:33 PM

Some stuff that happened. A mild case of OCD. A neighbourhood mom played the violin.

posted by chococat (70 comments total) 232 users marked this as a favorite

Wow, nice!
posted by tomble at 1:25 AM on July 11, 2006


This song is really good.
posted by sciurus at 5:21 AM on July 11, 2006


!

Uh, wow!

That was *really* good.
posted by The Confessor at 6:18 AM on July 11, 2006


Great song.
posted by interrobang at 7:08 AM on July 11, 2006


Goddam beautiful.
posted by cortex at 8:55 AM on July 11, 2006


So, where can I get your CD?
posted by rafter at 11:01 AM on July 11, 2006


thanks for all the nice words.

rafter: I guess when I make one...
I always say that I'm working on getting a site back up (I just took down an old one) and a CD together, but it doesn't ever seem to happen.
Email me and we can work something out.
Thanks again.
posted by chococat at 11:21 AM on July 11, 2006


This is incridible. Holy crap, I'm so inspired. Thank you for sharing this.
posted by snsranch at 5:01 PM on July 11, 2006


Wow, this is lovely.
posted by muddgirl at 5:09 PM on July 11, 2006


Lovely. I mean it. This reminds me that sometimes something very simple can be so complex, the kind of reminder I need when I make music.
posted by ORthey at 5:38 PM on July 11, 2006


I don't suppose your accordion neighbor and your violin neighbor would both play on a track?
posted by Tuwa at 9:08 PM on July 11, 2006


Ha!
May happen. There's a network of folks like that in this neighbourhood. It's just getting past the whole "we've GOT to get together and do some music," "ya, for sure" stalemate that's the tricky part.
posted by chococat at 9:33 PM on July 11, 2006


really lovely. thanks for this.
posted by whatnot at 11:26 PM on July 11, 2006


I love this song!
posted by nile_red at 6:24 AM on July 12, 2006


Lovely.
posted by jonathanbell at 8:26 AM on July 12, 2006


Beautiful.
posted by Jofus at 10:47 AM on July 12, 2006


I'd like to report a bug... I can only add this song to my favorites once.
posted by RustyBrooks at 10:53 AM on July 12, 2006 [2 favorites]


I'm now going to name my first child Olivia. Boy or girl.
posted by anomie at 11:04 AM on July 12, 2006


This is really, really great. Thanks for sharing and I hope you let us know when you release something new!
posted by freudianslipper at 7:30 PM on July 12, 2006


Someone sign this man to a label. I mean, for heaven's sake.
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 9:27 AM on July 13, 2006 [1 favorite]


Really, really, really honestly excellent.
posted by Divine_Wino at 11:07 AM on July 13, 2006


I love this. Reminds me of Nickel Creek.
posted by danb at 6:14 PM on July 13, 2006


I was all prepared to hate this because everyone else loved it so much. And then I heard it. This is like all the best parts of cutesy little acoustic emo without the obnoxious pretentiousness. It's a lot like the sensitive stuff Fountains of Wayne does. Thumbs up.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:30 AM on July 14, 2006


Thanks for sharing - Awesome song!
posted by DragonBoy at 12:00 PM on July 14, 2006


[this is bloody good]
posted by greycap at 3:49 PM on July 14, 2006


I'd like to pile onto the praise heap, please.

This is fantastic, thanks.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:16 PM on July 14, 2006


Dude, you really need to cut a fucking album. Now. I'd buy it.
posted by middleclasstool at 8:15 PM on July 15, 2006


I'm late to the party, but I also love this one. That banjo sound rules! The song has an overall lovely atmosphere to it. Fantastic stuff.
posted by edlundart at 3:58 PM on July 16, 2006


Great!
posted by rfbjames at 9:21 PM on July 16, 2006


Great song, sweet folk sound.
posted by RussHy at 4:42 AM on July 17, 2006


Thanks again for all the niceness.
We're all getting sick of the song now, for sure, but thanks for the fond words.

I find it interesting, all the different things that people project onto it:
in this thread alone it's been called simple/complex, Nickel Creek, cutesy little acoustic emo without the obnoxious pretentiousness, Fountains of Wayne and sweet folk.
I kind of didn't think it was any of those things but I guess it must be all of them.
posted by chococat at 7:30 PM on July 17, 2006


Ah, I see you've met the death of the author.
posted by Tuwa at 7:28 AM on July 18, 2006


I find it interesting, all the different things that people project onto it

I think people just compare it to what they know. I don't listen to emo or sweet folk -- actually, I don't think I could even define either of those very clearly. I don't listen to Fountains of Wayne. I do, however, listen to Nickel Creek. Just a perspective thing. :)
posted by danb at 3:15 PM on July 18, 2006


I love songs like this, that slowly roll along, going to some slight changes to keep plenty of interest but it has enough confidence to just...stay...slow.

Really, I love this.
posted by Brainy at 8:16 PM on July 18, 2006


This is good. Keep them coming, I could definitely see this catching on. If you haven't, I highly recommend checking out Royal City.
posted by purephase at 8:25 PM on July 18, 2006


I'm on dial-up us and hesitant to download random crap . This was damn good. Thanks.
posted by jabo at 12:14 AM on July 19, 2006


beautiful!
posted by barmaljova at 10:23 PM on July 21, 2006


Yeah, what they said. Excellent music. Thanks.
posted by persona non grata at 7:41 PM on July 22, 2006


Beautiful chocolat. Love the way it builds very slowly, instrument by instrument, layer by layer, inviting the listener into your narrative. Spacious harmonies. Beginning, middle and satisfying end, it works so nicely.
posted by nickyskye at 4:01 PM on July 30, 2006 [1 favorite]


Very good. Though I feel cheated that the banjo didn't get to play the last strum.
posted by Ynoxas at 10:07 PM on August 3, 2006


After seeing you say you were taking off to get things straight I had to come back and listen to this song again... man it really is great, I hope you straighten things out, find inspiration, and come back with lots of awesome new stuff.
posted by empyrean at 4:47 AM on August 5, 2006


This was great in July. It's still great now in October. I bet it'll still amaze me come next May. Timeless. There are not enough words in this thread to convey how incredible this song is; perhaps because those who have not yet chimed in, were left speechless.
posted by ZachsMind at 10:08 AM on October 3, 2006


i listened to this when it was first posted, and have continued to listen to it over the months. never get tired of it. in fact, i joined mefi just so i could write this comment and tell you how much i was moved by this song. just awesome. looking forward to having you back with more great music.
posted by dorab at 4:49 PM on November 12, 2006 [1 favorite]


This is seriously gorgeous. Thank you. Make more music, please. Don't stop.
posted by miss lynnster at 1:11 PM on January 14, 2007


aah, wide open perfect pop song. all the changes are in exactly the right place.
posted by By The Grace of God at 9:32 AM on January 20, 2007


This is lovely; I'll definitely check out your other work.
posted by licyeus at 9:14 PM on January 20, 2007


I've had this song on my iPod for a few months now, and it's still probably the only song I never skip to see what plays next.
posted by thatweirdguy2 at 11:28 PM on February 16, 2007


It's not May yet. Just April. I bet this song still amazes me long after I'm old and senile.
posted by ZachsMind at 9:21 PM on April 11, 2007


good groove

thank you
posted by nicolin at 12:35 PM on May 18, 2007


Really superb, immensely enjoyable. Thank you.
posted by spherical_perceptions at 1:30 PM on July 9, 2007


Hey, comments Music threads are open indefinitely now!
posted by cortex at 10:51 AM on August 2, 2007


Hey, comments Music threads are open indefinitely now!

Sweet!
posted by matthewr at 4:55 PM on November 20, 2007


This song is deeply awesome and I love it and I want to keep it and have it and love it forever!
posted by headspace at 6:46 PM on December 1, 2007


I STILL love this song.
posted by Roger Dodger at 7:24 PM on January 2, 2008


This song is the best of MeFiMu.
posted by StrikeTheViol at 8:18 PM on April 9, 2008


I first heard this last year and stumbled upon it again tonight. I think I like it more now.
posted by HotPatatta at 10:36 PM on April 14, 2008


Almost 2 years later, this song is still one of the great ones. Thanks, chococat.
posted by dersins at 9:27 PM on May 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


Wow, am I really late to this party. Better late than never, eh? Great work choco!
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:40 PM on October 16, 2008


I'd never heard this until just now- I was looking through the most favorited tracks. It's amazing. (I feel obligated to add "still".)
posted by wzcx at 6:15 PM on November 11, 2008


Looking for music to add to a mix cd for my dad to give for Christmas. I'm thinkin' yes.

Nice job, and thanks for sharing.
posted by jragon at 8:58 PM on December 10, 2008


WOW, im new to MeFi but i'm something of a siger songwriter and this is awesome stuff

reminds me of the veign of Elliott smith, Nick Drake and Joshua Radin

I can think of no higher praise than comparing you to elliott smith, so thats what i did.

What should i put as your name in the artists Tag in iTunes"
posted by ichthuz at 12:16 AM on June 23, 2009


gorgeous
posted by spinturtle at 8:55 PM on July 5, 2009


So beautiful.
posted by lmm at 7:11 PM on September 21, 2009


Just started listening to this and got the downbeat wrong in my head--I couldn't figure out if there had been another version recorded or what.

And then I got back onto the right beat, and all was well.
posted by that girl at 10:02 PM on November 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


5 years later and I still love this song.
posted by csimpkins at 6:53 AM on June 20, 2011 [4 favorites]


Me too!
posted by Roger Dodger at 6:59 PM on July 14, 2011


i'm just now hearing this.

i was so missing out.
posted by batmonkey at 9:25 AM on November 4, 2011


Gotta agree with batmonkey on this one. Also, thanks very much chococat! This was a lot of fun to listen to and I hope it still brings you good memories.
posted by librarylis at 12:17 PM on November 4, 2011


Timeless. Good stuff, man.
posted by notsnot at 6:23 AM on April 25, 2012


Ok, perhaps an odd comment but this made me think of the 'sweet' moments of the tv show Fringe.
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