Theme Song: Dana Falconberry

April 2013: “Memories”


Illustration by Minna

Dana Falconberry is based in Austin, Texas, and has been performing and writing songs since 2004. She started out doing folky singer-songwriter stuff but has moved on to more-complicated pop songs. For her Age of Innocence theme song—which we’ve had on repeat for the last few days—she covered an old doo-wop tune by the the Kraftones and the Beachcombers. Normally she performs with a six-piece mini-orchestra, but she recorded this song solo, with just a $10 microphone and her laptop, in her bedroom. “I chose this song because doo-wop is the epitome of the age of innocence to me,” she says. “It seems to long for a period of innocence rather than revel in it. I think it’s a really sad song veiled in the usual doo-wop cheese.” Dana’s new album, Leelanau, is wrapped up in a lot of memories of her childhood, of young summers growing up in rural Michigan, getting lost and getting found–it’s shimmery and light, but anchored by darkness and melancholy. It’s really a perfect album for a spring night when you are lost in thoughts and possibility.


Dana starts a long U.S. tour this week.

If you and/or your band is interested in doing a Rookie theme song, please email our music editor, Jessica Hopper.


  • grace April 29th, 2013 8:20 PM

    <3 <3 <3 this is just what i needed for a day like today

  • Marian April 29th, 2013 8:21 PM

    SOOO GOOD <3

  • KatGirl April 29th, 2013 9:22 PM

    This is a really good soundtrack to the photo collection Film Stills ^_^

  • Eryn April 29th, 2013 9:23 PM

    Ahh this is so good!! I LOVE the theme songs.

  • julalondon April 30th, 2013 4:12 AM

    Oh my, i love her so much!!!!!!

  • Mary the freak April 30th, 2013 11:56 AM

    THIS. Ohmy. It’s so PERFECT!! It feels like waking up in your bed at eleven am, and it’s so warm and cozy and you can smell the cacao your sister is making in the kitchen, and the raindrops pour down on your window and then your cat jumps on your bed and you cuddle for hours and remember your childhood.

  • WitchesRave April 30th, 2013 1:35 PM

    This is beautiful! I feel like i need this to be a soundtrack in my dreams!

  • flapperhatgirl April 30th, 2013 5:23 PM

    this is great! I really love this. Doo wop is the best.

  • Tiger April 30th, 2013 10:37 PM

    This song is so beautiful. xx

    This is unrelated but i was wondering why there is weight loss ad here on the rookie sidebar? thought rookie was all “body positive” so i’m just consufed

    • Anaheed April 30th, 2013 11:21 PM

      That shouldn’t be there; I’ll get in touch with our ad reps. Thanks for pointing it out, Tiger!

    • Anaheed April 30th, 2013 11:22 PM

      It’s not coming up for me; if you can still see it can you please take a screengrab and send it to me at Thanks!

      • Tiger May 1st, 2013 9:25 PM

        Hmm, the ad’s not there any more, it seems. If it comes up again I’ll email it to you :)

  • literringflowers May 1st, 2013 6:22 PM

    THIS IS INCREDIBLE. I need to download this so I can listen to it constantly. WHERE CAN I DOWNLOAD IT??

    • Anaheed May 1st, 2013 7:23 PM

      Theme songs are downloadable only for the first 24 hours they’re up.