Pedestrian at Best


I highly recommend pulling out a lyric sheet for this one. Courtney Barnett is a writer of long and elaborate sentences, and her Aussie accent makes it hard to keep up with all of the words. But perusing a cheat sheet, you’ll find an unusual level of wit and perception. Here is someone who I would like to read a novel or a memoir by, not that Barnett has aspired to either of those things as far as I know. (And although many poets who you would expect to write good prose actually wrote unreadable prose.) But truly, I’m invested in her career, and I hope she doesn’t get spooked by all the deafening early acclaim. I really hope she doesn’t decide to just keep it low key in Australia and plant a garden and play coffee shops and live off the residuals for the rest of her life. Of course I’m itching for the next album. I’m guessing it’s going to be the classic ‘oh shit, being famous is terrifying and dehumanizing, what have I gotten myself into?’ second album angst, and while that may be a cliche, I really anticipate hearing what Barnett has to say about all the airport terminals and dressing rooms and hotel lobbies she’s had to experience.

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2 thoughts on “Pedestrian at Best

  1. Right, I’ve got to leave a reply this time but I don’t know if you care or even what one? I’ve just got to say I really dig your blog, it’s so wicked and I enjoy it alot! Hopefully one day my blog is as cool as yours!
    I do love CB too and I’ve written about her. I don’t know if you did what to check out my blog or not? But here’s two easy links so you can if you do? Here’s a post about this very same track https://a1000mistakes.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/wicked-songs-elevator-operator-pedestrian-at-best-by-courtney-barnett/
    Plus did you hear this? Courtney’s cover of an old Dan Kelly’s song?
    https://a1000mistakes.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/cover-versions-dan-kellys-drunk-on-election-night-by-courtney-barnett/
    Cheers and keep up the great work here!

    • ladygarfunkel says:

      Thanks! I always appreciate feedback, which I don’t get very much of, except from my mom. I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

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