We’ve all had those songs that have saved us or gotten us through a dark or confused time, or that we’ve played so many times in a row that even after it’s over we keep hearing it in our heads, for me that song is Junior Kimbrough’s “Meet Me in the City.” It is so raw and human that I feel if I had to explain what it meant to be human to an alien life form, the best I could ever do would be to play them this song. The words sound so simple it’s almost as if they don’t exist, or become one with the music. But there’s a subtle complexity or depth in its ability to evoke several moods at once: sexy, sad, happy, nostalgic, to make you either want to cry or dance. When I hear it I always think of that Bob Marley line, “One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain,” because as soon as I hear it I feel good. Who needs drugs when we’ve got Junior Kimbrough.
Sampson Starkweather was born in Pittsboro, NC. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his girlfriend, the escape artist Paige Taggart.
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