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Category: Music I Love

Summer Sweet, Some Forgiven

Today seemed like the right day to wallow in what is possibly my favorite song of all time: Majesty Snowbird by Sufjan Stevens. I saw it performed live in Philadelphia back in 2006 by a colorfully winged Sufjan and I fell in love. Like, I want to walk down the aisle to this song performed by a full orchestra. I don’t think it has ever been released, various live versions float around the internet.

Some lines I love:

Is it the right word you designed for me?
Is it the broken word or good advice I need?
Is the tapestry set beneath my wings?
Is it mysterious, glorious?
Indeed.

Don’t stop, don’t break
You can delight because you have a place.
Quiet room, I need you now.

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Time Alone With My Own Thoughts

Kanye West’s 2010 album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” changed my life, for reasons I will not go into now. One of the strongest songs on the album is “Power” (no pun intended). There’s one line in particular that is just magic to me:

“My childlike creativity, purity, and honesty is honestly being crowded by these grown thoughts.”

It reads almost like chiasmus with the reversal in the middle. I love the way the line is literally crowded at the beginning with an abundance of syllables, slackening up as we get to “grown thoughts.” Just a lovely piece of writing.

Of course listening to “Power” always has me humming, as I drive home, my other favorite line: “At the end of the day, goddammit I’m killin this shit.”