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Monday, March 23, 2009

nightswimming - rem

Automatic for the People was one of my biggest inspirations in school to sit down and work. This LP would make me concentrate and want to create. Even if what I was creating was homework. Automatic for the People had a lot to do with me passing high school. This was one of my favorite tracks.

"Nightswimming" is a song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It appears on their 1992 album Automatic for the People, and was released in 1993 as the fifth single off of that album. "Nightswimming" is a ballad featuring singer Michael Stipe accompanied only by bassist Mike Mills on piano, a string arrangement by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and a prominent oboe by Deborah Workman in the latter part of the piece. Stipe sings about a group of friends who go skinny dipping at night, which draws from similar experiences in the band's early days.