As I’ve been on sick child duty all day (aside from this afternoon’s 25 minute tempo run), I get to escape to the gym this evening for some bonus “me time”. I know…I’m a lucky boy indeed. Likewise, I’ve been having some luck lately with the recent Rolling Stone article ’50 Best Albums of 2013’, so I decided to go with #38 this evening, ‘Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze’ by Kurt Vile.
I admit, that despite this being his 5th album to date, I’ve never heard of Kurt Vile (a former Philadelphia fork lift driver) before or his former band The War on Drugs. And, hey, that’s a name (both his as well as the bands) you’re bound to remember, right? Influenced by Pavement, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Tom Petty, he definitely sounds right up my alley. Besides, how do you pass up an album (or a musician) that boasts a nine minute stoner-esque tune called ‘Air Bud’? Wasn’t that a kid’s movie about a football playing dog? Oh, hells yeah. Anyway, Vile himself describes the album as:
“It’s just about my life, without thinking too much about it.”
Okay, I can behind that. In fact, the album actually opens up, quite literally, with a stretch and a yawn on the title track ‘Wakin’ on a Pretty Day’ (also my favorite song on the album), and it just kind of flows from there…similar to my functional strength and core workouts. While Rolling Stone only ranked it as #38, I’d rank in my own personal Top 10 (if I had one) as it ultimately led to a very enjoyable Zen-like mat workout.