||"The Martyr and the Saint - Beirut"
||In This Moment We Are Free - Cities
||The first time I heard a dense metal band with a soaring female singer, it was 1997, and the band was called The Gathering, and the singer was Anneke Van Giersbergen, and the thing didn't have a name. VUUR is Anneke's new band, and sometimes a thing escapes and eclipses its inventors, but sometimes it spins a world around them.|
||Tyranny of Hours
||"The Silver Wheel"
||I could listen to music all the time without listening to anything but gothic symphonic metal. Maybe I mean that temperamentally, I'm not actually sure. But there's enough of it, that's my point.|
||"Firing My Heart"
||Six String Revolver
||And clearly in retrospect my reaction to The Gathering was largely a function of my own inherently-limited listening experience and gender-role preconceptions.|
||Along the way from age 30 and age 50 one would hope I've become at least marginally less limited and preconceived.|
||Eat Your Heart Out
||"Better Late Than Never"
||If nothing else, I've listened to a lot of new songs.|
||It's hard to simply clench your cortex and become better.|
||It's not trivial to listen to a lot new songs, either.|
||Red Moon Architect
||But where you can spend a day trying earnestly to become better and not know if you're making the situation worse,|
||"In Eerie Deliverance"
||you can spend a day listening to new songs.|
||"Behind Closed Doors"
||Probably you will survive. The struggle is real, but metaphorical.|
||"Unidad Oi Oi"
||Tener Que Afrontar 5
||And probably you will not survive completely unchanged.|
||Music evokes and encodes worldviews. It does this automatically, of course, because otherwise it would still be waiting for us to figure it out.|
||The New Division
||"No Pride in Paradise"
||No Pride in Paradise +2
||So when you listen to a new song, you are letting at least a tiny bit of something go.|
||Even when you listen to your own people play your worldview back to you, you are starting to accept the possibility that a worldview can survive in the aesthetic space between humans,|
||At This Time of Year 4
||and that therefore potentially humans can exist in the moral space between worldviews,|
||"Troll Riding a Raptor"
||and thus that trolls can be taught the fundamentals of airborne dressage,|
||and that beliefs can change.|
||If you had to plan for one of these, you'd buy a helmet.|
||Death Of Lovers
||"Ursula In B Major"
||But did you ever try to buy a troll-proof helmet?|
||Makeup And Vanity Set
||I mean recently?|
||"Haruka Mirai (From "Black Clover")"
||Somewhere along the way through history we've mostly stopped preparing for trolls.|
||"Two Planets (Russian Version)"
||This isn't entirely because they no longer attack much, but that's got to be part of it.|
||"Inaudible Shimmer and the Associated Construction"
||From Mountains and Sky
||And the reason they stopped attacking is that we stopped fearing that they would.|
||Eddie van der Meer
||Cover Songs #8
||We feared a backlash from having a president that was both black and competent.|
||"Rebel Yell - Cinematic Version"
||Rebel Yell 2
||We fear our capacity for self-sabotage.|
||We fear a drowning world.|
||Boys of Fall
||"No Good for Me"
||These fears don't sell helmets, they sell pathos and incapacitating incredulity.|
||Up from Here
||They sell us muted catharsis|
||and complicated defiant elegance.|
||"Not The Same"
||On Your Time 2
||They sell us sadness|
||and immersive cults of denial,|
||and we rarely notice that every year the shipping costs and times both drop.|
||The Micro Head 4N's
||Jougen No Tsuki No Orchestra -Stella Note Magic- 4
||We may have any world we can confront ecstatically.|
||"30 de Febrero"
||An opportunist's weapons can always be turned.|
||A Woman's Guide to Survival
||Listen to a new song, and see what it arms you with.|
||"Light the Lights"
||Light the Lights - EP 4
||Doesn't this one remind you of something you wanted to one day believe?|
||"Jag ska fly tills jag hittar hem"
||Vi tar alla minnen härifrån - en liveskiva
||Doesn't this one remind you of how it felt to first understand something simple?|
||Does this world still spin?|
||We are meticulous but incautious,|
||"By the Deep Sea"
||this is our quiet curse.|
||Seas of Years
||Three Horizons Away 5
||We imitate triumphant anticipated statues of ourselves,|
||Fly by Midnight
||prematurely, or maybe postmaturely or just without ever bothering to mature,|
||Bright Light Bright Light
||"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
||Cinematography 3: Merry Christmas, You Filthy Animal 6
||and bad things keep happening while we are busy dancing and crying and falling in love,|
||Sushi x Kobe
||but you can fight all the time.|
||"Che cosa resta"
||I mean, temperamentally. You can orient yourself by injustices and desperate enmity.|
||"Cretino che sei"
||But those helmets will crush your neck themselves even if no blow lands.|
||The clash of blades is poetic, but it's one poem. Short, and now you've heard it.|
||"Take Me Home"
||The Way Is Read
||Listen to a new song.|
||"Keeping It Moving"
||Listen to a new song you don't readily understand, and realize that for somebody it is recording truths everybody they know already acknowledges.|
||Listen to a new song not to adopt somebody else's conditions,|
||A Broken Silence
||"In the Beginning"
||but to shift in the grip of your own.|
||Doesn't this one remind you of something lost?|
||"Back To Us"
||Doesn't this one sound like all the songs you hate except somehow maybe this one is yours?|
||It is wise to dissolve most teams.|
||Send the corrupt and diligent alike home.|
||Young Prophet 6
||Say you're sorry.|
||"Ang Panday - From "Ang Panday""
||Listen to a new song.|
||The White Raven
||Legislation can wait. One more, one more.|
||Tiembla - EP 5
||Doesn't this one sound like spotlights and swirling fog somewhere you've not yet been?|
||"Kuka pelkää pimeää?"
||What if those people came here and asked you what they should see?|
||You have a thousand answers.|
||Whereever they're from, there are songs they have not yet heard.|
||"Black Leather (feat. Kat Von D)"
||Baptism Of Thieves
||You have these songs. That's why they have come here.|
||"Fucked up Rainbow Brite"
||I mean, they'll say other reasons, but that's really why.|
||They've come for new songs or helmets, and where would you buy a proper helmet these days if you even wanted to?|