More than halfway through A Year In December! Today, I talk about something by Molly Burch.

Too many people are sleeping on Molly Burch. Start with the voice and the way she enunciates ways in a I-do-it-cause-I-can manner (how her ‘quiet ducker’ could be heard as ‘quiet talker’, or ‘blusher’ as ‘plushie,’ how she dips a little as she sings ‘I won’t even bwother,’ how she tracks herself in the bridge). Then listen to the guitar, so delightfully plucky and joyful. Notice the way she holds herself back here and there to get her “pointa-cross.” All of this wrapping a message ‘to the boys,’ feisty yet controlled, which is perhaps the best kind of feistiness. Stop sleeping, start listening.

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