Valerie June – The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers

Album cover for Valerie June's The Mood and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers

Valerie June’s voice drew me into this album. I’ve never heard a voice like hers. It’s a little Dolly and a little Erykah and nothing like either. Her voice is wracked with vulnerability yet has the chops to run with any classic girl group.

Her songs and lyrics made me stay. The songs are beautifully crafted and move us through an array of emotions. The lyrics convey her stories yet leave room for our lives between the lines.

It would be premature to say I love The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, but I feel that feeling. If I do fall in love, if we make it past the thrilling first listen and that awkward car ride where it sounds totally different than it did on midnight headphones, then I will fall in love because of Valerie June’s imperfections.

Listen to the first two lines of “Fallin’”, those notes she drops on “love” and “else.” Those breathy absences of sound say far more about what she is feeling than any note could. What’s not there is even more important than what’s there. If I fall in love, it will be because of all those imperfections that aren’t there.

About Chuck

Chuck is a lifelong music lover. He spent his 20s working as a professional musician before discovering he enjoys listening to music more than playing it. He knows a little bit about most genres, though electronic dance music, rock, and hip-hop are his favorites. Eleven albums/shows that transformed how he sees and hears the world (in order he encountered them): Fleetwood Mac Rumours; Van Halen Fair Warning; The Cure Standing on a Beach; John Coltrane Crescent; De La Soul Three Feet High and Rising; Puccini La Boheme (de los Angeles, Bjorling, Beecham); Everything but the Girl Walking Wounded; Carl Cox, Twilo, NYC, May 2000; Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.; Grateful Dead. Fillmore East, NYC, April 1971; Taylor Swift 1989.

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