Carrie & Lowell Is Sufjan Stevens' Oregon Album

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Can't tell if you're kidding about the Tillamook burn thing but its a reference to this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tillamook_Burn

Also the two videos he's put out are made up of video of Cape Perpetua and the Umatilla Bridge.
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Thanks ACW! Yes, the Tillamook burn thing was a joke. (So was the Thorazine bit.) Thanks for the link!
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There's nothing "gorgeous" or "classic" about rodeos. It's adults abusing animals while trying to pass it off as "sport." Michael Vick went to jail for participating in dog fights; how is this any different? As a culture, we must constantly address forms a abuse that are considered normal during one period, and abusive during a future period. Artists who want to promote social justice should be on the side of the victims, in this case, nonhuman animals who are forced to live under the domination of humans. At the very least, animals deserve to be treated humanely, and at the best, they should be left unharmed. In the Jain religion, the entire faith revolves around the concept of nonviolence and how it impacts the way we treat other living thing. Members of this faith start with vegetarianism, not having jobs that revolve around animal cruelty, and end by renouncing all forms of ill-will toward other living creatures. Here is a full lenght documentary film about it on You-tube called "Ahimsa Nonviolence."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYahUST8Lbg
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HI ..two things.

In a recent interview in UNCUT magazine, your theory is basically confirmed. As Sufjan originally considered calling the album Oregon, but his label manager (who is also LOWELL, aka his stepfather, and specifically sung about on the song Eugene"). talked him out of it, as the album seemed to personal to be named after the State and obviously compared to the other State projects.

ALSO...you missed Blue Buckets of Gold..which is a referenece to the Lost Blue Bucket Mine in Oregon Legend. So yes, he is comparing the love of his mother to a lost or possibly non-existent gold mine. It helps you realize why this was the last track on the album. in the end, what he's searching for (his mothers love), may not have really ever exisited, even if he tried harder to find it.

Deep, I know.
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the album is amazing by the way...