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Bright Ice.


So my car broke down Tuesday night. Which, considering my not-so-central location combined with my crippling fear of walking alone at night is really just... totally awesome.

A situation made all the more awesome by this week's icy rain.

All I could think when I looked out the window Wednesday morning was that if I still lived in Connecticut, it would almost be spring.

Of course there is an upside to walking everywhere. That is... ipod time! Because as much as I dislike icy puddles, I do love tuning out the world for a half hour to listen to music I forgot I even liked.

You know when you fall in love with a song and you listen to it over, and over, and over, and then eventually stop, and then four years later it randomly shows up on your shuffle playlist and you almost fall over with the brilliance of the tune you had long ago forgotten? Well, the brilliance... and the ice?

That happened to me yesterday with "Something Vague" by Bright Eyes.

The song appears on the 2000 release, Fevers and Mirrors, and I still remember the winter in Maine that my friends Erin, Laura, and I discovered it. When it suddenly came into my earphones yesterday I was instantly brought back to the Halloween that our plans to go to Salem were ruined, and we instead drove around the backwoods of western Maine listening to that one track over and over again. You know, right after we stopped at the local tattoo shop to get Erin's lip pierced. All hail my extremely emo college years.

I love that the song has a definite crescendo and a definite resolution, and while I know Conor Oberst has his share of haters, I've always been a fan of his lyrical ability. The way his voice cracks over "And I'll hang like a star, fucking glow in the dark" gets me every time.

I realize the song is pretty depressing, but sometimes when life sucks, the only thing that helps is to listen to a story of someone whose life sucks even more. I'm certainly not saying Bright Eyes can cure Seasonal Affective Disorder, but if you just feel like moping because you're sick of being iced over, this could be the song for you.

Ooooor you could just head over to the Monkey tonight around 8:00 for the benefit show I'm hosting in support of the fight against Crohn's and Colitis. Gregory Douglass is playing. And Paddy Reagan, and Colin Clary and A Magog too!

No, seriously, do you want to go?

Because this really isn't a shameless plug. I just really need a ride.



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