Love Simile Blues

Welcome to another musical installment of The Listening World! Today’s song comes from Sammy Austin, a 12-year-old songwriter based in Minneapolis. I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Sammy for the last several years, and have been amazed throughout by his outstanding ear for melody, his nuanced sense of pitch and rhythm, and his prodigious resources of creative energy.

Like the musicians he admires – Justin Roberts, Kasey Chambers, the Okee Dokee Brothers, among others – Sammy’s work is extremely clever, catchy and wise. But Sammy’s songs have a logic and vision all their own, marked by his ability to build unexpected connections and images across the vast reaches of his imagination.

That ability is on full display in his “Love Simile Blues,” a song that also happens to be a perfect Valentine’s Day soundtrack:

LOVE SIMILE BLUES

My love is like a bird sitting on top of a lamp

My love is like a bird sitting on top of a lamp

love keeps me warm, it makes me feel like a champ

My love is like a little yellow alien toy

My love is like a little yellow alien toy

He came from outer space to bring me joy

My love is like a building that’s really tall

My love is like a building that’s really tall

It makes me feel safe, it makes me feel small

My love is like disgusting broccoli

My love is like disgusting broccoli

It tastes kinda weird, but it’s good for me

My love is like scissors cutting glass

My love is like scissors cutting glass

It’s dangerous to me any time I pass

My love is like daisies and they’re blooming for life

My love is like daisies and they’re blooming for life

I won’t have a husband, but I will have a wife

My love is like a tightrope way up in the circus

My love is like a tightrope way up in the circus

Everything about it would make nervous

My love is like a super performance

My love is like a super performance

I hope I look very enormous

My love is like a sausage eating pancakes for breakfast

My love is like a sausage eating pancakes for breakfast

It’s so delicious you know it won’t last

My love is like trying to find my dreams

My love is like trying to find my dreams

It feels good, that’s the way it seems

Love makes me feel good and not shy

Love makes me feel good and not shy

Love makes me feel good since god is nigh

If you’d like to hear more of Sammy’s music, his debut CD Blue Apple is now available to stream online – and for local fans, the official album-launch celebration will take place on Sunday, April 12 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

We’d be delighted to see some of you there! And whether your love is like a super performance, or whether it’s more like scissors cutting glass, we hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day.

With all kinds of love,

Brian