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June 1st, 2006


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10:03 pm - I've Made a Huge Tiny Mistake
There is a moment during "Chicago," by Sufjan Stevens, that I tear up whenever I sing along.

if i was crying
in the van, with my friend
it was for freedom
from myself, and from the land
i made a lot of mistakes
i made a lot of mistakes
i made a lot of mistakes
i made a lot of mistakes


Because before in the song he had made a lot of mistakes in his mind, in his mind, but now, here, finally, the music mostly drops out and he just repeats the line sincerely without any sort of qualifiers, and it hits me because I, too, have made a lot of mistakes. I've made a lot of fucking mistakes. And there's something utterly beautiful about the idea that the simple acknowledgement of that fact can set you free. That in order to leave the past behind, you have to let it know you remember it. There's something gorgeous in the idea that you can have a transcendental experience just by going on a road trip, by physically leaving, by moving, seeing something new. All things go, all things go.

You know, this song is beautiful too. I give it to you as a bonus.

tenacious delight
the salt on my hands
and we never make
unruly demands
i want my wishes back

Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Current Music: Rose Polenzani - In the Middle

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From:ohimesamamama
Date:June 2nd, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
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You give me Sufjan Stevens, I give you love. Mwah.
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From:xxxaimsxxx
Date:June 2nd, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
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That's beautiful, PC. I will definitely listen to those songs. Thanks.
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From:mawombat
Date:June 2nd, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
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I love this song too, not least because it's named after my beloved city.
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From:shamoogity
Date:June 2nd, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
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Wow, you have an icon for everything. And thanks for the music. They're really lovely songs and I hadn't heard of them before.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 2nd, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
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Sufjan Stevens and Rose Polenzani are both awesome. Highly recommended.
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From:catatonia00
Date:June 2nd, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
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And there's something utterly beautiful about the idea that the simple acknowledgement of that fact can set you free. That in order to leave the past behind, you have to let it know you remember it.

Oh shit, you really got me here.

This is me spreading the music love. I ripped this off of Ausiello. Inara George & Rod Jones with Ruins.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 2nd, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
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Oooh, pretty. Thanks.
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From:thetheatremouse
Date:June 2nd, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
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A single nod.
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From:debetesse
Date:June 2nd, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
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There's a song I got from ND: "Mary" by Oingo Boingo, that that somehow reminds me of, if for no other reason then that, under the right conditions, I bet either could make me tear up (which is not something I do with much regularity)

I guess they're both about "going", which certainly pings, and the changing it brings about (albeit in different ways).

Thank you kindly.
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From:wimbledonchampv
Date:June 2nd, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
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I really like Sufjan Stevens and "Chicago" is one of my favorite songs. I loved the way he just accepted his mistakes since the first time I heard it. He doesn't harp on his past mistakes and I like that.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 2nd, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
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OMG! wimbledorable! You exist!
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From:janeanger
Date:June 2nd, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
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That Sufjan song made me cry when he did it in person. They were wearing silly cheerleader costumes, & I'm the girl in the audience all bleary-eyed. No regrets!
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From:darlingviolenta
Date:June 2nd, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
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I adore that part of "Chicago."

Sufjan Stevens helped me make a new friend a few weeks ago.
/random
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 2nd, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Explain!
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From:tophatter2
Date:June 2nd, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm driving to Chicago today. I definitely plan on listening to "Chicago". It's so good. And, since it's a song about road trips from western Michigan into Chicago, ridiculously appropriate.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 2nd, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
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How do you know the origin point is western Michigan? I mean, it makes sense that he can drive to both Chicago and New York, but it never says anything, does it?

You should also listen to "Welcome to Chicago, Motherfucker," by Kill Hannah.
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From:eclaire018
Date:June 2nd, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
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That part of "Chicago" makes me tear up too. Such an awesome song.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:June 2nd, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Hey... I've got a question for you.

What do you think of this idea?

I'm trying to decide how to approach it, but it could potentially be a vehicle for getting new VM viewers...
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 2nd, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
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I think it's fab! We've been trying to coordinate fan-swaps with Everwood and Arrested Development and such, so that would be a useful comm indeed.
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From:matchboxslayer
Date:June 3rd, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
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illinoise! that's where i'm from! thanks for the song. i've been meaning to listen to some of his stuff.

rose's song is beautiful as well.

have you ever been to audiography? they have some great stuff.

are you enjoying california?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 3rd, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
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Oh, I love audiography.

California is good.
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From:pixie37373
Date:June 3rd, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
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awww, you are so right
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 3rd, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
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I know you get it. *hugs*

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