The Decemberists are awesome at grand, sweeping tales, and their album “The Hazards of Love” is a mythological love story in and of itself. It’s a modern concept album of the highest caliber. It’s worth listening to in its entirety.
I’ll cheat and use two Decemberist songs this week, one after the other. Their 2006 album, The Crane Wife, has some overarching storylines between a couple of songs, “The Crane Wife 1 & 2” and “The Crane Wife 3”, their take on the Japanese folk tale. From Wikipedia:
The Crane Wife is an old Japanese folktale. While there are many variations of the tale, a common version is that a poor man finds an injured crane on his doorstep (or outside with an arrow in it), takes it in and nurses it back to health. After he releases the crane, a woman appears at his doorstep with whom he falls in love and marries. Because they need money, his wife offers to weave wondrous clothes out of silk that they can sell at the market, but only if he agrees never to watch her making them. They begin to sell them and live a comfortable life, but he soon makes her weave them more and more. Oblivious to his wife’s diminishing health, his greed increases. He eventually peeks in to see what she is doing to make the silk she weaves so desirable. He is shocked to discover that at the loom is a crane plucking feathers from her own body and weaving them into the loom. The crane, seeing him, flies away and never returns.
Josh Ritter’s known for his fantastic songs, and “The Curse” is one of my absolute favorites. An archeologist discovers a lost mummy in Egypt, who awakes and falls in love with his discoverer. He soon reveals himself to her, and they fall in love. It’s tragic, as she wastes away with age while he continues on, and it’s a sweet, heartbreaking song.
Nerd rockers Kirby Krackle have songs for every occasion. They’ve backed away from their faster nature, and put together this great nerd-love song between a guy and a girl geek pair.
This is another fun nerd-love song from Mitch Benn, one for fans of the Doctor Who franchise. I’m sure this song has played out before at conventions.
Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog is a great love story in and of itself, one with tragic consequences. “My Eyes”, sung by Felicia Day and Neil Patrick Harris’ characters have this great duet in the middle which sums up things nicely.
From largely folk songs to a bit of electronica, which is appropriate, given the subject matter. It’s catchy, and a fun listen.