It's Sunday and it's January. January in Wisconsin has very few redeeming qualities and can only be endured through hope. I haven't done this for awhile but since one of my resolutions for 2011 is to return to Shark and Shepherd (I hope to), here's a hopeful song for Sunday from the energetic young Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. The song seems to be about friendship surprised by love but that' close enough enough and I really like it.
For those of you who prefer classic rock, here is Potter with Joe Statriani on Neil Young's Cortez the Killer. I love the way she drops Young's jarring lyric on human sacrifice. I get the point (the lyrical paen to Montezuma isn't to be taken literally)but it makes the song feel like multicultural sop and it has, I think, a deeper and more interesting point than that.
Finally, for a broader version of hope, here are Potter and the Nocturnals one more time with "Big White Gate."