Courage - Villagers

from the album Darling Arithmetic (2015)

Last night, I broke out my secret strawberry daiquiri recipe.  It is likely not that different than a thousand other recipes, but this one is mine and it is a secret.  That counts for something.

I took my dogs and walked down to a floating dock on a secluded southern lake.  I sat there as the late evening turned to night.  Drinking and thinking about the past eighteen months while my dogs patrolled the dock waiting for the sweeping bats to get close enough to die.

I thought about how everything derailed for me over those months.  But somehow, I stuck it thru and just might have come out the other side.  I think of the friends I've lost along the way.  Some forever, others hopefully not.

Then I started thinking about this blog.  Thinking about how last August I all but shut it down only to find I could not walk away.  I also thought about the promises I made to myself to find my way back into the world of music.

It feels like I've completed the cycle now.  Back to being my old self.  Reacquainted with my passions.

And only after working thru it can I begin to understand how it happened.  A health scare shook my confidence.  I began to second guess everything.  Vultures sensed weakness and preyed.  Not their fault.  They are vultures.

Anyhow, the song that stuck in my head for the past year was Fuckers by Savages, with the recurring line "Don't let the fuckers get you down."  I almost did.  But guess what ... I'm back and so is the passion.

This week, my techie team and I released a new product to the world.  It is magnificent.  In a few weeks, I will be releasing my first EP as a producer.  It is even better.

So now it is 3am.  I am sitting outside listening to Courage by Villagers.  It is a soft, quiet tune.  There is a simple guitar strum over subtle, long-sustained keys.  Somewhere along the way, a deadened snare joins in.  A gentle vocal sings the lyric:

It took a little time to get where I wanted
It took a little time to get free
It took a little time to be honest
It took a little time to be me

I took a little lover but then we parted
I took a little time to get over this
From time to time I get heavy hearted
Thinking of how you used to kiss

Courage
Its a feeling like no other let me tell you, yeah
Courage
In harmony with something other than your ego
Courage
The sweet belief of knowing nothing comes for free

Do you really want to know
About these lines on my face
Well, each and every one is a testament
To all the mistakes I've had to make to find
Courage
Its a feeling like no other let me tell you, yeah
Courage
In harmony with something other than your ego
Courage
The sweet belief of knowing nothing comes for free
For free...

This is a sweet song that is perfect for this time of a lonely night.  It doesn't talk about the vultures.  Thats good.  Those fuckers only get you down.

Click Here to watch Villagers perform Courage.

Comments

  1. Savages have a righteous way of bringing the normal back into ones life, especially when the Fuckers have a focus on one. The return of the 40 Watt Gigolo may have not only saved yourself, it rejuvenated the crew. We all tend to think that we are the only one who feels the effects (and it hits really hard when the results are shitty), but the expansive affect of the words and the music are that we all feel the pain, and rejoice in the pleasure when the pain resides. Drink your special concoction and revel in the moment that you touch others in what may seem to be a lonely moment at the lakes edge.

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