Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Orange County

Sounds of 2008
2. Bon Iver: Flume

Last March this song washed over me in a torrent of sadness while I was staying at my friend’s house in Orange County, California.

Talk about bad timing. I’d just heard about the death of a close friend and Justin Vernon’s lyric, “I am my mother's only one / It's enough / I wear my garment so it shows / Now you know” caught me at a delicate juncture.

It wasn't so much the words as the way they were sung - heavy-hearted but wise - which affected me so deeply. Pop music has worked its spell on me a million times, yet I am constantly amazed by its bittersweet epiphanies.

Thus may it ever be.

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