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Monday, August 17, 2009

Song for Myla Goldberg/The Decemberists

The title of Song for Myla Goldberg, from The Decemberists' 2003 album Her Majesty, refers to the author of the novel Bee Season, published in 2000. Colin Meloy met Goldberg when she visited Portland as part of a promotional tour for the book, though apparently Goldberg doesn't remember the encounter. The lyrics allude not only to Goldberg herself, but to the novel, particularly the main character, a young girl named Eliza, whose success in a series of spelling bees has unforeseen consequences for her family (Put paper to pen/To spell out "Eliza").

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