Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be yourself in world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Pitting our own decisions against others’ can be a very difficult task. For city dwellers there is an additional level of noise combined with our subconscious trying to make these decisions. Internal voices of conscience mix with thousands of groaning engines.
Indie electronica band Yeasayer conveys this anxious duality on their latest release, Fragrant World. The opening track, Fingers Never Bleed, ponders surviving the metropolitan madness over an ominously club-driven beat. Though the themes are not all dark and dreary: there is a great contrast of fear with fearlessness in the lyrics. Singer Chris Keating triumphs over upturned cars, rattling sidewalks and burning bridges, by making a pronouncement of independence.
“I know you think you could do this without me
But I know I could do without you.”
Many will tell you it’s important to surround yourself with good people, and they’re right. But even with good people around, there’s a point when it’s important to adhere to your own influences. Taking professional and personal risks on your own account is imperative sometimes. And with that said, are fingers that never bleed a good thing? Maybe not; fingers that never bleed are obviously not trying.