A Crutch With Your Name On It
by Dan
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The Lightning Bug Situation - "Hitting's Not Very Effective When You Don't Have Much of a Punch"

One half of The Speakers has made a very personal album formed around the event of having a child. There are about 9 straight-ahead songs, and about 6 of these audio interludes, that sound more like little radio documentaries, and in that genre, they are very effective. This feels a little like an Errol Morris-type moment; an extremely vulnerable revelation, which the music staring back at the subject, so both you and them can think about what they've just said. Some days there is no dancefloor. [Buy]

Radiohead - "Kid A"

Arguably the amount of times you see someone before they die can always be more. Maybe not reasonably, maybe you live far apart, but theoretically it can always be more. A friend of mine died suddenly this weekend, and I find myself imagining all the times we were apart. I just imagine him going places, no expression to speak of, just regular movements, glances, touches, purchases, short phone calls, preparing a snack, standing in a doorway, taking off or putting on shoes. It's this graceful kind of motion, the automatic and unexamined, that I'm mourning right now. Because his smile, his humour, his perfect quietude, his undeniable genius, is just too much to talk about. [Buy]

Posted by Dan at August 7, 2007 3:46 PM

very sorry for your loss dan.

Posted by george at August 7, 2007 5:16 PM

As am I.

Posted by Caleb at August 7, 2007 7:47 PM

agreed. i can only imagine.

the first song really blew me away.. i saw a guy do a livce performance at the University of Mississippi that was very similar to this format. He'd been itnerviewing his friends for a long time, and saving the most dramatic moments to put to music (and photography/motion graphics). Very powerful stuff!

Posted by Caleb at August 8, 2007 12:34 AM

sometimes you forget about the incredible things in life. like Kid A.

Sorry for you loss.

Posted by cap'n guthrie at August 8, 2007 3:32 PM

Sorry about your loss

Posted by sofiblu at August 8, 2007 4:49 PM

who the fuck are you,
how many deaths should and can one see on their fingertips?
that's not a question, of course, as you know, as you know

Posted by galapagos at August 14, 2007 3:31 AM

I feel the exact same way about losing my mother unexpectedly earlier this year. In my mind, all I can see is her shuffling around the house, smoking cigarettes and doing internet research. Taking the dog out for a walk, watching television, and how her house must now be a ghost without her occupying the space, and this is what breaks my heart. I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by roger niner at August 16, 2007 6:01 PM

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