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Grizzly Bear – Gun-Shy

The days get shorter. The nights grow colder. Thoughts drift northward, to the windswept bleaks where lonely hearts find no comfort in sunshine.

The daily news hawks tales of despair on the dirty streets. But what can you do? A man in the shadows squeezes his hands tightly in a pair of tattered socks.

On Rodeo and 5th, fur muffs recall an en vogue era and fill the sidewalks with the scent of antiseptic. Long nails, painted red and green, of course, grip tiny leashes of tiny dogs that shiver on the cold concrete.

And in lands far away, innocents starve under the desert stars and on palm-lined beaches. The days get shorter, colder, for them too.

A crackling fire may cheer the night, but all fires burn to ashes in time.

The holidays are here again, jingle jangle, gimme more. The neighbors’ lights are up, an electric temple to excess and plastic. The big box sales are on, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! The Ford F-150 is again America’s best selling auto, 31 years running.

I climb, up, up, onto the gentle slope, where the ocean is visible and the only sounds are the echoing chirps of crickets and birds rising to greet the dusk. My lover and I hold our breath. We hold hands.

We sit together and watch the fiery sun, not yet fallen to ash, dip into the big blue drink. We count the stars until the chill in the air fills our eyes with painless tears. Our silent return down the packed earth trail is made in darkness. Our smiles don’t need light to be felt.

Grizzly Bear – Gun-Shy

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Grizzly Bear – Gun Shy (Lindstrøm Remix)

What more could we possibly ask for than to be at peace with the conditions we live in and the people we are surrounded by? We strive for several different things everyday, but in the end, it’s our own destiny that we choose what is right for us: trusting ourselves, and doing what’s good for the me in the equation. Unfortunately, as selfless as we hope to be, we are ultimately living for ourselves. And to truly listen to that desire, that which is purely human, and constantly carry it out everyday, is difficult. But perhaps that is what the essence of maturity truly is, adulthood, with a youthful heart.

This song came to me on a day of much thought. I talked to a friend earlier, who was disappointed at some recent events that had taken place in his life. We talked for a while about all that transpired for him in the past week, and then I reminded him that in the past month, everything good that could possibly happen to him, happened. And that one week, sometimes feels heavier than one month if the contents of that week are weighed down by negativity and confusion. The big picture, was what I walked away thinking about.

The original Grizzly Bear track runs for about 4:31 and makes me want to look at the big picture. Though this remix by Norwegian producer, Lindstrøm, puts a lovely sound in my ears and rides a very relaxed wave of sound.

Grizzly Bear – Gun Shy (Lindstrøm Remix)