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Friday From The Vault: Dent May – The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele

I’m a jerk when I’m struggling with something. I act like a complete fart. I am not good at “going through things.” I become self-obsessed, disgusting, disgusted, fat, lazy, and pathetic. It’s difficult for me to understand how to act any other way.

I bring this up only because one of my favorite people in the entire world reacts in the opposite way.

She gives. When she struggles the most, she gives.

My sister, who currently resides in Oxford, Mississippi is one of the most amazing humans out there on this planet. Right now, she is getting over some heavy stuff. She gave me this record after hearing it, loving it, and knowing that I would love it. She didn’t give up and focus on herself and her woes. She knew that I would love this record, and to make me happy, she tried.

Dent May also currently resides in Oxford, Mississippi. He makes beautiful pop (?) music that is based around his, aptly dubbed, “magnificent” ukulele.  This song, You Can’t Force a Dance Party, appears as track one on side B of his 2009 Paw-Tracks Records release, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele.

This record feels heavily influenced by the ’50s stylings of bands like The Flamingos, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Horton.  Throughout this record, Dent seems to draw inspiration from a melange of singers and genres, though there is always a cohesive strong narrative-based song writing element present.

It really is the sentiment of this song that makes it so truly amazing. He sings to a girl. A lover? A friend? A sister? It’s sung to someone who is enduring something. She is enduring something that can’t be immediately eradicated. Her load can only be temporarily slackened through the power of a dance party, and the party-thrower in the song is willing to give that a shot.

There’s an interesting write up here about how Animal Collective came to discover and subsequently sign Dent between recordings in Oxford back in 2008 before the internet had really caught on yet.

Listen: Dent May – You Can’t Force a Dance Party

Download:The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele

Posted by: Jamie

Category: Music

7 Jan, 2011

Category: Music

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