Cory Recommends: “July Flame” by Laura Veirs

I’m recommending this song for two reasons. The first is that, on the strength of this tune alone, I picked up the album of the same name. On the strength of the album, I started collecting her back catalog. I’m now seven albums in.

The other reason? This song is a type of magic but I don’t mean the cheap theater kind for kids. There is no sleight of hand here, but an incantation to the heart.

Every time it plays, it brings me both joy and sadness in a perfect mixture both sweet and gone. The chorus is both the sun and its attendant night. It calls up memories of days I never had.

The line that knocks me all the way out: “Ashes of a secret heart/falling in my lemonade/unslakable thirsting/in the backyard”.

Please, call it yours.

(Song recommendation by Cory Funk)

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