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Songs about Cities: Sufjan Stevens Edition

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What is it about this man’s music that feels perpetually like home? It doesn’t matter if he’s singing about a small town in Illinois or the lights around a Christmas tree–his voice captures at once the smell of wood fires, grandmother’s cooking, winding country roads, a distant lowing of cows in their fields and the soft warmth of a quilt. Steven’s music isn’t all joyous (a la “Chicago”) but it is all honest and distinctive. The religious elements of his music also speak prophetically into my own spiritual understanding and I know they’ve had that impact on countless people. Here are a handful of favorite tunes from this geographically-minded and utterly gifted artist:

  1. “That Was the Worst Christmas Ever” (single)
  2. “Decator, or Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!” from Come on and Feel the Illinoise
  3. “Movement I: In the Countenance of Kings” from The BQE 
  4. “To Be Alone With You” from Seven Swans 
  5. “No Man’s Land” from The Avalanche 

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