Aimee Mann and James Mercer – Living a Lie

Aimee Mann and James Mercer of The Shins

When I heard this song on The Current my ears immediately perked up at James Mercer’s voice. If you are not familiar with James Mercer – he is the front-man for The Shins and an amazing songwriter and singer. I’ve been exploring Aimee Mann’s other music and it’s pretty decent, but I don’t enjoy it to the same degree as this duet. The song features some great light-rock harmonies, some cool electric piano parts, and Aimee herself holds down the rhythm guitar.

You can see yourself in the side mirror
tossing your hair
if no one is there
why do you care
Though I let you think there was no witness to
all of your crimes
I knew what you were:
a climber who climbs

I’m living a lie
you’re living it too
cause I live it with you
I’m living a lie
a lie I can’t tell
so we wait for a crack in the shell

No one bears a grudge like a boy genius
Just past his prime
Gilding his cage
One bar at a time
For every open arm there’s a cold shoulder
Waiting to turn
People to blame
Bridges to burn

I’m living a lie
you’re living it too
cause I live it with you
I’m living a lie
a lie I can’t tell
so we wait for a crack in the shell

A girl comes around at a time when your ground
is as shaky as leaves on a tree
creating for you a persona or two
or an out-and-out mythology
Now there’s too many cooks but you like how it looks
when they’re bowing and calling you “boss”
but the powers that were, were invested in her
and now winning means taking a loss

I’m living a lie
you’re living it too
cause I live it with you
I’m living a lie
a lie I can’t tell
so we wait for a crack in the shell

Secret Heart by Feist (Ron Sexsmith Cover)

Feist
Leslie Feist

I heard Feist’s cover of Ron Sexsmith’s Secret Heart while listening to The Current the other night (of course) and it was love at first listen. So much credit goes to Sexsmith for the composition of this tune, but Feist’s smooth, soft, melodic voice brings out aspects of the song that make it that much better. The little runs Feist does so well give the song a bluesy feel, but overall it feels like “easy listening” or “light rock”.

I could’ve sworn the version I heard the other night was more piano-driven and the stops were more emphasized than the recording below, but I could’ve imagined that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP1nnMyaQ5o