Late-Night TV Music (Lemons -> Lemonade Edition) | May 5, 2021

Middle Kids, Shakey Graves, Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris work with what they have.

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These days, you just have to make the best of things. You don’t need me to explain. That’s not why I’m here. I’m here to tell you about yesterday’s Late-Night TV Music offerings — which, as is so often the case, just happen to illustrate my point perfectly. (It’s funny how that works, isn’t it?)

To see what I mean, look no further than Australian indie-pop outfit Middle Kids‘ energetic performance of Questions on Jimmy Kimmel. Between the bouncy beat, the punchy horns and the whole celebratory vibe of their song and video, you’d have to listen closely (or look up the lyrics like I did) to know that it’s actually about a fraying relationship. Lemons -> Lemonade, amirite?

Of course, that’s just one example. Here’s another: Austin roots troubadour Shakey Graves’ home-made rendition of Roll The Bones on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’s Play At Home series. His problem? Well, aside from the fact that his video didn’t actually air on TV because The Late Show is off this week, he also seems to own more video cameras than one man needs. Unless, of course, that man wants to set them all up at once and shoot himself from different angles for no good reason at all. Which, like all activities and endeavours involving any form of shooting, is totally his right as an American, I presume.

Anyway, finally, and speaking of things that happen for no good reason at all, Ryan Hurd and a bewinged Maren Morris were also on the tube Wednesday, teaming up to croon their insipidly lovelorn and instantly forgettable country ballad — for the record, it’s titled Chasing After You — on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Hey, I know. Don’t blame me. I don’t make ’em, I only share ’em. Just try to make the best of it, OK?