Monday, January 4, 2021

Day 4: Chloe Dancer / Crown of Thorns

For emotive, melancholy, soulful children of the grunge era, this song is an undisputed classic, even if it feels more suited for a decadent piano lounge than a dank Seattle warehouse. The opening piano line is almost impossibly dramatic, and the nakedly personal and poetic lyrics still resonate 30 years later. And of course the whole thing is shadowed by the death of the singer/songwriter Andrew Wood. The song itself is about a doomed love affair with a mystical woman (a stripper, perhaps) from the French Quarter. For a teenager listening at home on his Discman, the jaded mentions of adult vices such as problematic drinking, owing money, and conflicted love sounded no less evocative for being out of reach. Though for my slightly older cousin, who loved this song above all others, those problems were something she could relate to on a more literal level. We used to talk about music and concerts and she described what I could expect once I got old enough to drink, party, experiment, etc. I lost track of her for several years, but eventually got a family update that she had a daughter. Guess what she named her.

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Day 15: Be Still

    A timely and beautiful reminder from The Beach Boys not just to be still, but to also be .