I thought you should know that Sufjan Stevens is writing short comments for each of the songs on The Welcome Wagon's new CD, which he produced. (I picked it up over Christmas and have found it to be quite a good listen.)
So far he's done “Up on a Mountain”:
“Monique’s un-ambitious Sunday school recital here best suits the magnitude of the situation, as if she were instructing, in rueful, plaintive melodies, the theology of death to unsuspecting toddlers.”
And “Sold! To the Nice Rich Man”
“The Welcome Wagon evades the tree-stomping theatrics of Danielson, forgoing the waltzing punches of passion for a groovy, bluesy party vibe decorated with snappy brass jabs and soulful monosyllables from the choir, anointed with a B.B. King blues guitar jam.”
It's kind of weird that Stevens writes about The Welcome Wagon as a separate entity, because I'm under the impression that he did most of the arranging. But I could be completely wrong about that.