Sunday, March 15, 2015

Storks and Mosquitos by Sacred Destinies (Charlyne Yi and Jet Elfman) gave me goosebumps

Today I stumbled across "Sacred Destinies" which is (as far as I can tell) the musical outfit or project of Jet Elfman (formerly of Wide Streets) and actress, writer, comedian and musician Charlyne Yi. I and quite possibly, you, first saw Carlyne in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up. She did not have that much screen time but the moments she had were unforgettable. She also shined in her 2009 debut feature film Paper Heart and played a surprisingly "normal" role on the final season of House as Dr. Park. I have always been wildly impressed with her talent and seen her perform her own music around different haunts in LA. I am also a huge Wide Streets fan and felt my heart twinge a bit when Jet Elfman left to "pursue other things".

I imagine that Sacred Destinies is one of those "other things" and what a lovely thing it is. Jet has been romantically involved with Yi for quite some time and you can feel their love on this lone track called Storks and Mosquitos as part of their "Mountain" Demos.

The cadence and sound of the guitar strumming feels like Wide Streets but the comparison ends there. Jet and Charlyne's voices sound more real than ever before. This simple song is stunningly beautiful. As it enveloped me I got goosebumps. Just so damn lovely and endearing. There is no need to describe it but I can honestly say that I feel like a better person having heard it and (of course) I look forward to hearing more.

Robb Donker

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