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Song of my year.

As some of you may know my Mom is currently in the hospital fighting for her life due complications from a heart condition that has caught up with her over the past years. Before she went into the hospital more than 2 weeks ago, I started a draft for this post in “tribute” to this wonderful song by Crystal Castles called ‘Suffocation’.  I’ve been obsessing over it for the past months for a few reasons.   At first it was because I just loved the sound, it’s just one these songs that builds and builds beautifully into this (and not to sound like a cliched rock critic) blizzard of digital white noise.  On top of it, because I’m not one to pay attention or care about lyrics whatsoever, the fact that you can’t tell what she is saying at all – while her voice is so peculiar  – it made it all the better for me.  But because it was so peculiar I decided to look up the lyrics and just loved what they had to say – in particular with the public’s fascination with image and the damage that can do to people in general.

Fast forward to a week ago where I was able to get my spirits up a bit and listen to some music again, and my first choice was this song.  I read the lyrics as I listened and due to my Mom’s ordeal it brought up a whole new meaning for me – specifically the lyrics about resuscitation and the consequences of such a decision, which is one of many conversations I’ve had to have with my Mom over the past years due to her situation. Hearing it this time was very emotional for me.

You may not like this song, and fair enough it may not be for everyone.  But it’s one that adds new meaning/love/appreciation every time I hear it, so I wanted to share.  I highly recommend listening to this song at least once without the lyrics, hopefully even twice, and as loud as possible to fully experience what’s going on in this song.  Then listen again and read along with the lyrics.  It probably won’t have the same meaning for you – understandably, but on a surface level it’s really interesting to hear how a song where all you can think is “she can’t possibly be speaking any language in this song” but then see she definitely is  when you listen again while reading the lyrics .  I love music like this, where every time you listen you hear something new.  Just a wonderful, lovely and beautiful song that I wanted to share.  And since my albums of the year list may be very very late this year (if at all) due to working with my Mom’s ordeal, at least I have one little bit of music to recommend this year.

 

We ignore refused consent
animals do not repent
courtesy to intervene
weathered down my selfish needs
I suffocate

And promise me you won’t resuscitate
and if I change my mind it’s far too late
I’m wasting my days as I’ve wasted my nights and I’ve wasted my youth
you’re waiting for something you’ve waited in vain because there’s nothing for you

Suffocation

Humility yet to be seen
models made of plasticene
morality disgrace us now
entertain and take a bow
I suffocate

And promise me you won’t resuscitate
and if I change my mind it’s far too late
I’m wasting my days as I’ve wasted my nights and i’ve wasted my youth
you’re waiting for something you’ve waited in vain because there’s nothing for you

Suffocation

love ALLways,

Andrew W. Bush
43rd President of the United States of America

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