Thursday, January 28, 2010

No one should have to live all of their life on their own.

For as often as I find myself seeking out and adhering to quotes from various people and thinkers taking it upon themselves to speak truths, it's not terribly often that I discover a nugget from a musician that I can connect with. Then again, Murray Lightburn of The Dears is no ordinary musician by any stretch of the imagination. I've always found myself drawn to the powerful, melodic sound he's created with his band—he's one of those few singers who sounds like he's got muscles in his voice—but now he's given me another reason to like him. I stumbled across some thoughts he had to connect to his song "Lights Off" (via Daytrotter) recently and, well, here they are:

Watching a sleeping child can be incredibly inspiring, profound. And the night light became a metaphor. Perhaps we seek that kind of comfort our entire lives. The second half is the soundtrack to the comfort we get in our adulthood from having a warm body next to us at night. Supposedly it replaces the night light. Maybe that's why adolescence is so miserable.... no comfort.

"Perhaps we seek that kind of comfort our entire lives." And, perhaps, for those who don't have someone they sleep next to on a regular basis, maybe they still have a good chunk of that misery to deal with. And, as much as we might tout that we don't mind being single and alone, a comfortable bed just isn't as comfortable as having a warm body next to us. So we continue then, however haphazardly, searching for that forever lasting comfort.

P.S. A good starting point for the band, if you've never listened to them before, is a tune called "The Ballad of Humankindness." I especially enjoy when he starts to unleash his true power around the two minute mark.

and i can't believe that
i haven't lifted a hand
and i'm just standing here
well i'm gonna change
i'm gonna change
i'm gonna change
i'm gonna change
i'm gonna change
i'm gonna change
i'm gonna change
i'm gonna change
i'm gonna change

1 comment:

fourthirtyam said...

Beautiful. Thanks for this.