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La Fine Équipe – Tourment d’Amour (feat. Saneyes)

A constant reminder of what we have is perfectly fine, as long as that reminder is acknowledged in a way of praise. Whether it’s in an inward or outward manner, sometimes being thankful is less expressive and more loving unto oneself. That’s something that I’ve learned a lot about within the last month. Today is a day where we celebrate our place in life, and in an attempt to remain present, we surround ourselves with people who force us to do so. This is a beautiful thing.

Last night I found out that another friend and serious force of talent passed away from this life. In shock, I tried to rationalize my emotions as I always tend to after a death, but became so overwhelmed that I could do nothing but listen to music. While we were more distant and separated by many miles at any given point, his music and soul had touched my life in a very serious way when we were in the same city, especially.

Earlier last night, a friend sent me one of my favorite songs, one that I wrote about on here close to a month ago — HAIM – Don’t Save Me. Unsuspecting, I told her about how this song had been one of my favorites because, although it’s not about death necessarily, it helped me get through the death of my friend with it’s power and vigor. I didn’t think I’d be finding another song to fulfill the same purpose so soon, but I am.

One of these days and it won’t be long
You’re gonna look for me, and I’ll be gone

Donny Hathaway says it right in this sample, and it could not pair better with the soulful jive that occurs in the background. Listening to this song on repeat last night somehow sat with me so perfectly and unexpectedly. The happiness of its sound and the lyrics that are applicable to anything were all too harmonious in the moment, but I knew it would be perfect for this Thursday of thanks.

Count your blessings, ya’ll. Share some warmth today.

La Fine Équipe – Tourment d’Amour

 

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HAIM – Don’t Save Me

I have my brother to thank for this track. I hate admitting that my taste in music is predictable, because the last thing I ever want to be is predictable. But I think it’s just that an appreciation for solid tunes and positive energy, something with a solid kick and punch, is universally loved. So maybe, just maybe, the universe is predictable. It’s not just me whose knees go weak at the mere hint of a band that channels Stevie Nicks vocally, with an ’80s tinge of drums, right?

Take me back, ta-ta-take me back to the way that I was before…”

I’ve never written here about the subject of “saving” a life or saving anything for the matter. Though it’s a subject I constantly go to in my poetry. After reading a series of stories that were written post Hurricane Katrina, I remembered noticing the obsession with safety. Not only safety, but saving those who were on the brink of death. I don’t need to state the obvious, because I’m sure people feel differently about that notion of saving someone. It’s definitely worth thinking about though. Saving someone’s life is really particular for the person that is doing the actual saving, much less for the person that is being saved. That is not to say that someone who is in the hands of another is not thankful or thinking about it for every moment. I’m saying, that our instinct is to save ourselves. No matter how weak we are, incapable of defending ourselves, taking care of ourselves, we have the instinct to at least try and maintain our own lives. Sometimes it falls out of our hands, in which case, it is in the hands of someone else.

That is a truly terrifying and beautiful thing. I think it has a lot to do with this song, with the subject of love and saviors. As I’ve said in previous posts about remaining present, a conversation that I had last night really set that theory in stone for me. To save something is to assume that you’ll be able to encounter it once again later on, but how about the now? Doesn’t that deserve some of your effort, too?

I think the fact that this song says don’t save me, as opposed to save me really speaks to that idea. Being conscious of the fact that sometimes an act of saving that is done by someone else, is more for that person than it is for you. Your presence will be felt regardless as to whether or not you’re saved. There’s definitely a cool dynamic though, because not being saved is combatted by “take me back”

These girls have got the right ideas; HAIM are an LA-based sister trio, and this is the second track that they’ve released. So far, everything I’ve heard from them, I’ve liked. We can only hope that they continue to crank out the hard work. This song has come to me at a really important time of my life, one that I will always associate with the now.

HAIM – Don’t Save Me