Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Weepies, Indeed

They don't call themselves The Weepies for nothin'. This song killed me. Literally. I'm lying in my office with an X for a right eye and evaporating tears for a left. With my soft underbelly exposed, I got stabbed to deeper death by several silvery feminine needles.

While I was dead, I had visions of the feminine principle, the flower that splits the rock, the water that wears away the rock, the wind that shears the rock, the rising and falling of tides, wind on the water, Mother Nature, breath of life....

When I caught my breath and came back to life, I vowed to stop being so goddamn obdurate and unbalanced and hardheaded, to take yoga again, to play the piano more, to love everybody more, to be more joyful and alive. Then I hit replay, and the openness of the song and the simplicity of the video killed me all over again.

Dedicated to my late great Nana, my big-hearted mom, my faithful sis, my lovely miracle of a wife, and my soon-to-be-married darling daughter. To all you Howard women who've tried to make me a better man. Someday, I swear, there'll be fruit on that tree.


Anonymous said...

Are you trying to kill us all?!

Tina said...

Aww...what a sweet, sweet song.

If it helps at all, I already think of you as one of the most alive people I know. So don't get too hard on yourself.

So when's the wedding? Are you gonna be a mess or WHUT?!?

Anonymous said...

"While I was dead..." You crack me up.

I adore The Weepies, probably because I am one myself. Your post and the video both opened the floodgates.

I included that "Stars" song on a recent "Disc of Love" for Pam, as well as on what is essentially a "Disc of Grief" for my friend whose husband died in January. It works both ways, as do a lot of songs. I also love their song "Painting by Chagall," which I recommended to Emily and Ned as a post-wedding music possibility.

Thank you for your dedication. You are an amazing miracle of a man. I'm so glad you're my brother.

Jasph said...

Hi, peoples! I love all y'all! Sorry if you got killed dead or anything.

Tina: wedding is June 21, mess pre-emptive and ongoing.

By the way, Tina and Sis, my friend Alicia has a beautiful blog called The Mayfly. Her photography is phab, and her writing as well.

scotland said...

Woah! thought you were going to come right out with an unexpected endorsement of Hillary,and then you narrowed the field quite a bit! Whew!

Your a lucky boy!

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Makes me melancholy like Jackson C. Frank's Milk and Honey.


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