If I had to pick one song to play on repeat for the rest of my life, it would be “Iron in the Fire” by Tall Heights. I don’t know much about the band. I’m not even sure how I first learned of this song.
Bring on summer in its primeIron in the Fire, Tall Heights
I’m like the man who can’t see color
But smells of turpentine.
My guess is I was exploring the world of Spotify years ago trying to find cool songs and came across this one. I’m always on the hunt for new music to supplement the oldies but goodies of my youth. I clicked the heart icon next to it and added it to a few playlists.
One song, forever
If you know me well, this isn’t a song you’d peg me to pick for One Song on Repeat for the Rest of My Life. You might think I’d choose a Rancid song, maybe Bouncing Souls, Bruce Springsteen, or The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize.”
But I find it beautiful and mellow — but not too mellow. There’s sorrow in the music and the singer’s voice, but there feels, too, a touch of hope. I gravitate toward music like this: where all hope isn’t lost. The same goes for writing. Be Brief and Tell Them Everything by Brad Listi does a wonderful job in this department.
I will commit my soul to your door tonightIron in the Fire, Tall Heights
In a dying love, I’m nothing but a stone cold liar
But oh, I’ve got an iron in that fire.
Who is Tall Heights?
According to their artist bio on Spotify, the duo — singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright — hails from Boston, Massachusetts. Their genre is electrofolk, which I didn’t even know was a thing. Seattle, Washington, has the highest number of listeners. I can see that. Denver, Colorado; Sydney, Australia; and Toronto, Canada follows.
The song I reference has been streamed over two million times on Spotify, yet it’s by no means one of their most popular.
It’s the only song by Tall Heights I’d ever listened to until today. Maybe I need to revisit that. “River Wider” seems a winner. “Cross My Mind” has a haunting quality.
What song would you pick to spend the rest of your earthly days with?
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