So, fun fact: life is hard. Over the course of almost three-decades on this earth, I’ve found different ways to cope with whatever angst or ennui I’m facing. I’m not necessarily talking about self-care here, because some of the ways I’ve managed stress over the years have been less than advisable. (Exhibit A: me, circa my late adolescence/early 20s).
In the first paragraph of the actual narrative of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (i.e., after the weird etymology and “extracts” bullshit), Ishmael says, “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth…and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”
For the record, I actually hate Moby Dick (as if that weren’t already obvious), but I like this first (run-on) sentence. Unlike Ishmael, though, when I start to grow grim around the mouth, I don’t go to sea. I dance it the fuck out.
(Another fun first line of a novel to contextualize my week: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.)
So, this edition of My Week In Music highlights some songs that help me dance this mess around.