Daily Dose: Sean Rowe, “Ode to Divorce”

Sean Rowe’s latest EP, Her Songs, is currently on epic repeat in my household. Rowe’s voice has always been compelling in its hard-hewn melancholy, but, by interpreting compositions by some of my favorite female artists–Regina Spektor, Sade, Cat Power, Feist, and Lucinda Williams, Neko Case–his baritone seems to take on new dimension. The perfect mood-setter for a rainy Monday in San Francisco.

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Regina Spektor, “Blue Lips”

The last few months my father was alive, he was bedridden. First by choice, but then without it. He passed the time by reading magazines and scanning the Sports Section of the LA Times for news of his beloved Dodgers, or perhaps the Lakers. Depending on the season.

Then he stopped; he must have had his fill. No longer interested in much, he would stare at the ceiling for hours and then at his hands, which he would hold above him, repeat the same motions and shake his head in disbelief as if to say, “These are not my hands. Not MY hands.”

Palm up. Palm down. Palm up. Fist. Palm down.