I Must Find And Capture An Astonished Man

FullSizeRender(3)Thao Nguyen of the band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down has some daddy issues. Her song Astonished Man off the recently released A Man Alive album was inspired by Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gilead. The song is about forgiveness, forgiving her father for being a tumultuous yet charismatic presence in her childhood and eventually abandoning her family. She sings, “you don’t look for me but I will look for you.” The astonished man is astonished by the love and forgiveness he is offered despite his bad actions.

Some friends and I went to see Thao and the Get Down Stay Down on Saturday night at The Fillmore in San Francisco and it was a great show (thanks H). A Man Alive is a tumultuous yet charismatic album. It’s noisy. She’s hollering and stomping like St.Vincent. If you like to dance you should listen. Also listen to her Song Exploder podcast.

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I Must Find And Capture An Astonished Man

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