I've been living with this track for weeks now - letting it creep up on me and infect my bones - I knew it would appear on the list - just didn't know when.
Crazy ass relationships - they power the world of creativity - from Picasso to Petty, Rodin to Radiohead - how two humans relate to each other is the ultimate grist for the mill. The story in this song is as old as the patriarchy and yet feels so relevant in today's turbulent times.
It wasn't so long ago that women didn't have the option of leaving. It wasn't so long ago that wives were property - it's been centuries and millennia of behavior and practice and culture and - at the end of the day - it's been about power - who has it - who doesn't - who ultimately calls the shots.
I love the imagery in this song - the Bird and the Rifle - it's genius songwriting - probably one of my favorite lyrics of the last couple of years. Go and listen to that second verse a couple of times and then listen to the chorus again - tell me if it doesn't ring true to you...
I'm optimistic for the bird - she gets away and hopefully she'll become her true, fully expressed form in the future - but I'm sad for the rifle - for his self fulfilling fear of losing what he never "owned" in the first place.
I'm encouraged by stories where empowerment and equality can be developed "in situ" - where both parties are changed and the love between them - that even in this track is there - is allowed to flourish and grow and become stronger as the entities become true partners.
When we meet as equals - we have hope.
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About the Curator - Andrew McCluskey
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
After my dad died I was very sad - I couldn't play for a while and when I did, the music that came out reflected my grieving state. I wrote an album of solo piano music called Music to Grieve to - from which the idea of the Music to community originated.
If you'd like to know more you should read Nicole's fabulous article on why listening to sad music can make you feel better.