Songs of the Decade : Josh Rouse "Michigan" (2004)

I think it was 2003 or so when I saw Rouse play back-to-back shows at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. My girlfriend at the time was an enormous fan, and when they allowed us to stay for the second show, without paying a second ticket price, she was thrilled. And that night we heard "Michigan." Rouse recorded so many beautiful songs throughout the 2000s, but it's "Michigan" that rounds out Rouse's spirit as a writer. He's always had a keen understanding of people's emotions, and this song captures one person's need to leave a town that won't accept him. The visuals this song creates are nearly impossible to miss.