8/365: “16 Military Wives” by The Decemberists
This once beloved track has been sitting in the depths of my iTunes library collecting dust for a decade and today it sees sunlight. I honestly can’t remember the last time I listened to The Decemberists but Colin Meloy’s verbose narrative theatrics on Picaresque remain as charming as ever. Originally written as a protest song about America’s foreign policy in the mid-2000s and the Iraq war, the chorus still seems relevant today. Regardless of its relevance to current events, “16 Military Wives” is a timeless slice of indie pop canon.