Projecting Stars…

“I know, right?!” You know you’ve said it before, when that perfect lyric illustrates your day as you’re sailing down the road, work-bound, tapping the steering wheel…

Or was it just me? They say certain lyrics speak to you in visceral clarity, especially during a break up or a bad day or sometimes when one is joyful contemplative.

I had only 30 dollars to buy groceries until payday and, on a bad day, during a bad week, I spent $11 of them on the Modest Mouse album, The Moon and Antartica. I’d recently been talking about how I needed more of their music, only having Good News for People Who Love Bad News.

The funny thing is, for some reason, I thought it was their latest album. Nevertheless, my growing knowledge and appreciate for this band flourishes and thrives with each song that is new to my ears.

This album was meant to find its way to my hands, my kitchen stereo, my car stereo, etc., this week. There were lyrics where I found myself tapping on the dashboard exclaiming, “YES, MODEST MOUSE, YES! That is exactly right.”

For example, on a bad week where I was dissappointed this rang true, from a track called The Dark Center of the Universe: “Well, it took a lot of work to be the ass that I am
And I’m really damn sure that anyone can, equally easily fuck you over.” Not that I was an ass, of course, :), but hearing him repeatedly profess, “anyone can easily fuck you over” kind of gave me the sense that I was not alone. In a way, he was telling me, yeah, I know how you feel. And that’s the great thing about music, isn’t it?

We have friends when we’re alone, we have therapists free of charge, we feel connected to others. Someday, through my own music, I want to give that back to people.

Other track highlights: “Lives” and “The Stars are Projectors.” From the former, I particularly like the refrain,
“It’s hard to remember were alive for the last time
It’s hard to remember, it’s hard to remember
To live before you die
It’s hard to remember, it’s hard to remember
That our lives are such a short time
It’s hard to remember, it’s hard to remember
When it takes such a long time
It’s hard to remember, it’s hard to remember.”

Repetition works for this band. It just does.

From the latter: “All the stars are projectors, yeah
Projectin’ our lives down to this planet Earth
You’ve got the harder part, You’ve got the kinder heart
And it’s true
I’ve got the easy part, I’ve got the harder heart
Aint this true
Right wing, left wing, chicken wing
It’s built on findin’ the easier ways through…”

If you haven’t spent some time with Modest Mouse, do yourself a huge favor and pick up any of their albums. I only have two but I can assure you, from the high caliber of their work that you will not be disappointed with what you hear.

In this digitized world “it’s hard to remember” to take some time for physical media, too. Whenever I open the CD case (albeit, not an easy task with the slinky plastic and impossible adhesive). But do yourself another favor and make some time for music listening alone today.

Be well and rock on and check this out:

Rachael

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