Week 15 // A Soul Anatomy Game

by Mount Everest

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Greetings from California! I’m here visiting friends and family, but you won’t notice any difference around here, because I’ve pre-recorded songs in advance to last us through next Monday. I couldn’t have done it without some help though, and I had plenty in the form of Nick Mastors and Miguel Williams. These guys are two of my greatest friends, and also my former band mates, so it felt just like old times getting together and making up some songs.

The geneses of this song began in Nick’s brain, and we all attacked it from every angle until we had something all three of us could call our own. Listen for Nick’s signature beats, e-bow guitar, and twiddly-funk. Also keep your ears open for a beautiful vocal breakdown and some wonderful acoustic guitar provided by Miguel. My only regret is that Miguel couldn’t stay until I had written the lyrics in order to sing them all with me. Maybe next time.

A soul anatomy game? I was thinking about all the games that I used to play in my head as a kid in the back seat on long car rides. Maybe I was trying to find out-of-state plates, or looking for pictures in clouds. I still play games to keep my mind occupied when I’m driving alone on a long trip, but long trips get so introspective that I sometimes lose track of the game and find myself someplace else. In particular I was thinking about one trip that I took last fall to Washington, DC for Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. It was the morning after I came up with the idea for this blog, and I had been so exited about it the entire night that I hadn’t slept a wink. I was recklessly exhausted, but desperate to make the rally. As I drove I thought about all the possibility inherent in making myself write a song every week, and I realized that I was about to have to become infinitely more honest and familiar with myself. Week after week I would learn my soul inside and out.

But this song isn’t all about driving down to see Jon Stewart, giddy about a website. It’s about feeling your hardest feelings in order to better know your own soul. If there is a thesis statement in this song, it is some combination between the second verse and the end of the last chorus: “Endeavor to believe the most important days are hard, and all your darkest days are beacons of the light that’s in your heart… The less you feel, the less you’ll know, the less you know the worse you’re gonna feel. And it’s better to learn to feel.” In other words, if you avoid the things that are hard about your life, and try not to feel them, you will not truly know yourself and you’ll only make it worse. We sometimes try to bury our hard feelings, but I suggest we embrace them in order to find a more complete understanding of ourselves. This song is supposed to be optimistic!

Here’s hoping your Monday doesn’t totally suck.

~Jesse

lyrics

Lyrics:

It’s just a little bit of heart
It’s just a little bit of shame
It’s just a little bit of innocence
It’s just a little bit untamed
And it’s a good amount of restlessness
And on the road the inches on the map get called the game

I took a drive to see the capitol
I wondered what it would say to me
I thought of all the ways I could lose control
Like the pillars of history
And the giants all around me told me
Son you gotta learn your soul anatomy

Your head, your heart
Your hands, your feet
Your mind, your thoughts
The rest is everybody else
The rest is yours
To know, to love
To grow, to feel
To discover that the less you feel the less you’ll know
The less you know, the worse you’re gonna feel

Just think of your worst memories
And all the days that left you scarred
And then endeavor to believe
The most important days are hard
That all your darkest days are beacons of the light that’s in your heart
And make you love the life you’ve got

Your head, your heart
Your hands, your feet
Your mind, your thoughts
The rest is everybody else
The rest is yours
To know, to love
To grow, to feel
To discover that the less you feel the less you’ll know
The less you know, the worse you’re gonna feel
And it’s better to learn to feel

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released February 28, 2011
Nick Mastors
Miguel Williams
Jesse Mitchell Lindsey

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I’ve been making up a new song every week since 2010.
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