Weird Ways - Strand of Oaks

from the album Eraserland (2019)

Sometimes, my attraction to a song is driven be a simple line in a lyric that captures my imagination and fascinates me.  Such is the case with Weird Ways, a new song by Indiana-based folk rocker Tim Showalter, who performs under the name Strand of Oaks.

The scene isn't my scene any more

So many of my friends lament how time has changed their old neighborhood and hangouts.  I am often surprised that they are surprised.  Time marches on.  Ob-la-di Ob-la-da.  You can't go home again.

Recently, a singer-songwriter friend was talking about her age and saying "let's face it, I am never going to be the kind of popular that I hoped for."  This irritated me to no end.

Pablo Picasso famously said "Youth has no age."  He also said, "Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist as he grows up."  On how his own career strived into his eighties, Picasso said, "When you come right down to it, all you have is your self.  Your self is a sun with a thousand rays of light in your belly."

To all my friends who feel that time has passed them by, please rethink.  You are a beautiful vehicle of art and love.  Look forward.  Live your life on your own terms.  Don't let the fuckers get you down.

Click Here to watch the official video for Weird Ways by Strand of Oaks.