Song o’the Week #25 or ‘Beaux’

By The Time It Gets Dark by Yo La Tengo.

I had a beau once. He was kind and gentle and liked to draw three dimensional mice, so real they looked as if they could jump off the page and so cute you wanted them to. He also liked to give me things which reminded both of us of our favourite songs. And it was only many years later that I realised how strong and very patient he was.

A few years later, I had another beau. He was mercurial in thought, intelligent, passionate, adventurous and whimsical. He wrote me poems, cooked me lavish, delicious meals, dragged me along on his madcap escapades and opened up new worlds of culture, life and living to me.

Both were very different people, but both were – oddly enough – mad Yo La Tengo fans.

And each time I hear the crazy, laidback, tender songs of the Hoboken, New Jersey trio, I think of them – my two beaux – fondly.

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