I fell in love with this song earlier this week. Can’t remember how I stumbled across it, but it’s great. Or, it’s that kind of song I was made to fall for.
I’m a sucker for romanticism. For tenderness. For beauty. For sweeping sounds. For strings, for haunting vocals, for whispered lyrics.
Also, as everyone knows, I love dance, so when you combine the two–I mean, what am I really to do?
Anyrate, a part of me wonders, while watching this, if they choreographed it at all, or if this is just how honkies respond to music when they find themselves under bridges.
Either way, I think my love for this says maybe more about me than it does about the music or the dancers.
But I do love it.
I love the way you can tell a story simply through the movement of bodies. How I can be drawn in, fall in love, have my heart broken, and find hope somewhere between all of those things.
Message to Bears reminds me of my old favorite band, that seems to no longer make music: Gregor Samsa.
When I was going through a very difficult time, these songs got me through. Their simple beauty. Cinematic and delicate but they could overwhelm me at times.
I encourage you to check them out. I miss them.
I’m also reminded of William Basinki’s Disintegration Loops, which are one of my favorite musical projects. If you ever have six hours–or however long it is–to just listen to music without distraction, I encourage you to take that dive.
It’s a transcendent thing.
Here’s the first part:
It would be incorrect to say that Message to Bears sounds like Gregor Samsa or William Basinki, but this is where my head went when I first heard the song at the top of this post.
Anyrate, this is the kind of music I listen to when no one’s around because it’s the kind that reminds me why I enjoy life so much.
They capture so many emotions. Love, despair, hope, sorrow, beauty, transcendence, failure, fear, passion.
It makes me happy. To feel all this. To feel any of it.
I remember days when music was all I had to get me through the nights and the days. Music saves lives–we know this. It gives shape and meaning to life.
But I forget sometimes. I listen to music very differently than I once did. Too often, music is just noise to fill my day with because the silence of the world can crowd out all my thoughts and breath.
But when I discover bands like Message to Bears, I remember why music is essential.
It’s not just a topic of conversation or something to do in between thoughts or something to give texture to the background of your life.
It’s the reason we fight. The reason we live.
The reason we dance and sing and love.
Well, that’s all I had to say. I keep meaning to write essays about popmusic, pretentious art, and a few more politically motivated, but this is what I have for today.
I hope you enjoy it.