Here are my contributions to the potluck:
Good Old War - Coney Island
I found a letter in the mail box today
and I said thank you for your thoughts but I'm done
I said that I would never build this up right here
He said that's why I can't work with you son
But I can't let this go I'm on my way
And you can only hold my diamond ring
I'll go crawling back to the city I love
Cause it's already taken everything
Okay, so technically not about letters, but it perfectly describes the way I felt about DC when I first moved there. Good Old War is catchy and with descriptors such as "people with their cotton candy eyes" wins over the poet in me. They're a Philly band with New Jersey leanings. Embrace them!
Gary Jules - No Poetry
there's no poetry between us/said the paper to the pen
Best known for his entrancing and emotionally wrenching version of Tears for Fears' Mad World, this song highlights his poetic lyrics.
Monsters of Folk- Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F)
In proper epistolary fashion, M.O.F includes both a salutation and a valediction. It asks the questions millions before have, " why do we suffer?" The best part about this song is definitely the soulful start. For those of you unfamiliar with Monsters of Folk, it's what happens when Conor Oberst (& Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes), M Ward, and Jim James from My Morning Jacket. It is simply amazing. Check out their other songs, Magic Marker and Whole Lotta Losin' for some sad music that will make you feel upbeat.
The Roots - Dear God 2.0
The Roots double the lyrics of the MOF song but manage to cut the song time in half. The background melody remains the same, but each has its merits.
Rando off topic song, slash if anyone's interested we can start a new theme for celestial bodies:
Neko Case - I Wish I was the Moon
I'm pretty sure I downloaded this song after it featured on Trueblood this season. But actually, it is fabulously ethereal. A shoutout to those of us tired of the situations we find ourselves in.
Nickel Creek - Jealous of the Moon
The one reminded me of the other. I'm pretty sure that lunar related songs would be much easier for me to collect than letters...