When I first heard this I was really, really disappointed. The problem was I was comparing it to Ashes to Ashes and the whole Scary Monsters album, which I adored and still do. However, I now really, really love this version and the the song. So kids, the moral of the story, give the song a chance ;)
“Old George Orwell got it backward.
Big brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed. He’s making sure your imagination withers. Until it’s as useful as your appendix. He’s making sure your attention is always filled.
And this being fed, it’s worse than being watched. With the world always filling you, no one has to worry about what’s in your mind. With everyone’s imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world.”—Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk (via nomadicstatic)
Mr and Mrs Smith & Mr Drake / Sea Nymphs - “To My Piano from Mr. Drake” (1984)
this is my favorite song. right as the music world was hurtling toward hardcore punk, synthpop, hip hop and thrash metal, these british people released an album of distinctly English naïve psychedelic nautical folk music out of nowhere. everything on the album is mostly (completely?) acoustic, reed organs and weird bell-like upright pianos, clarinets, etc. it could be played over the original wicker man film and fit perfectly with the pagan island maypole thing.
they’ve got traditional english folk music influence but also some progressive leanings? a lot of the lyrics are ripped directly from clumsy 16th century jacobean english poetry, it’s incredible. they take the totally ridiculous borderline comedic poems about love and the bounty of nature and just turn them into these childish nonsense chants with massive amounts of reverb.
What a lovely description of some lovely music :)
Yes, fantastic description, and a great song by three great people - still praying for Tim
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”—Roald Dahl (via codymclean)
“There’s one consolation, as in that prayer I’ve always loved, that I may be forgiven not according to my deserts, but out of mercy. That’s also the only way she can forgive me.”—Levin, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Pg. 39 (via julieshuler)