Standout Track: No. 14, “Pennies,” a solemn hymn about new love. Grounded in a steady accordion drone and ornamented with gypsy-tinged violin, bandleader Lissy Rosemont languorously sings the chorus-free tune, which starts, “If I could lounge all around in your pocket/Would you concede to carry me around all day?/Smell your sweat, hear your sighs when no one’s looking/Rest my head on a penny and hide away.”
Musical Motivation: Rosemont says the song captures how it’s painful to be away from the person you love. “You just want to sit perched on top of their shoulder and watch their life go by,” says the 26-year-old Adams Morgan resident. On an album of upbeat, bluegrass-inspired pop, “Pennies” stands out, and its subject matter demanded a different arrangement. “It’s a love song,” she says. “It felt right to keep it extremely sad.”
In a League of Its Own: Though the song’s a particular favorite of Rosemont—and her mom—“Pennies” doesn’t usually make it into Junior League’s live set. The band only plays it in front of audiences stacked with “superfans,” and only when they clamor for an encore, Rosemont says. That’s because facing an audience with just your naked voice can be nerve-wracking. “It’s really difficult to just stand there and sing with a fiddle,” she says. “I enjoy doing that, but I have to be in the right frame of mind, and I have to be with the right audience.” —Sadie Dingfelder
Junior League plays at the Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Oct. 6.