Molly McDonald on Falsetto and Poetry

by Patrick on April 14, 2009

The latest installment of The Millions “National Poetry Month” series is up, and it’s amazing.  You really must click over and read Molly McDonald’s post about attempting to capture falsetto in her work.  She uses the Rolling Stones’ album Tattoo You as a jumping off point.  Here’s a snippet:

They are not quite love songs, but they manage to maintain the rawness and vulnerability of the best love songs. They push up against the over-the-top sentimentality so often found in rock ballads, but never quite succumb to it – always perched just on the edge, teetering and hypnotic. To be perfectly honest, the more I listen to Tattoo You, the more I want to string a hammock between Mick Jagger’s falsetto and his normal register, and live there, forever, swaying gently. This sounds ridiculous, I know, but I’m being earnest. (Poets are nothing if not earnest.)

And that’s not even the best part. Click here to listen to the album on Lala.