Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Thao Nguyen

Like I mentioned in my last post, lately I've been going through my iTunes looking for music that I have but haven't listened to. This has led me to the conclusion that there was something seriously wrong with me in high school, because I have all of this wonderful music that, at the time, I thought was sort of good, and then never listened to again. Although I loved puppies and kittens, I didn't fully appreciate the wonders of cuteness in high school. I was way too busy begging my mom to let me dye my hair black and wearing lots of eyeliner, because being a fifteen-year-old girl in a beach town in Southern California is, like, so hard (like, totally, dude). This is also probably how I ended up with six piercings before I turned seventeen.

Luckily, I eventually stopped wearing eyeliner and discovered adorableness. And, luckily, some wonderful person suggested that I get my hands on some Thao Nguyen music, which I did, but never listened to. But yesterday I found it, and it is wonderful! Lately I have been really obsessed with girl-folk, acoustic-guitar wonderfulness, and Thao Nguyen is just that!

She's recorded as a solo artist and with her band, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down. "Feet Asleep" and "Fear and Convenience" are both really amazing, but my favorite song of hers by far is "Chivalry" from her solo album Like the Linen. It is so cute, and so sad! The lyrics make my heart go, "Ouch!" but the music makes me go, "Aaaw!" The opening lyrics are: I could tell in the way/ he did not kiss back/ What's the use in painting faces?/ You're never gonna find a shade to match/ Well, yours is a common name/ and I hear it all the time/ Could belong to anyone/ It could never be mine/ And I am tired/ I am through/ and when I love, I will love so hard/ Harder than I could love with you. So sad! So cute! So perfect!

Unfortunately, I only have a few songs from Like the Linen, and I can't find the rest of them anywhere! I am on the verge of going to Lou's and asking them to order the CD for me (I haven't bought an actual, physical CD since I bought The Moldy Peaches in the spring of 2005!), just because the songs of hers I do have are so adorable that I know I will love every song on the album.

Love, Jillian


  1. Have you read the wikipedia entry on her? She grew up practicing her music in the laundromat that her Vietnamese parents owned in like North Carolina or something!

  2. Her whole life is adorable!