Week 268 // A Song About

by Mount Everest

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As all the kids like to say, I've gotten a bit meta this week. I have written a song about writing a song. I didn't do it to be tricky. I wrote it to reflect on my writing process as I contemplate the passage of time, the new year, my hopes and wishes, and my ever lengthening past. This is meant as a bit of a critique of my heavy reliance upon certain themes, and also as an affirmation of the vital importance of those themes to my work, and to the work of many other artists. In bemoaning the fact that my pencil and voice cannot do justice to these notions and experiences, I'm mining a new way to describe how pregnant these themes are with meaning and significance. There's also a bit of a joke embedded here for my own amusement, which is that I almost never sit down to write "a song about" something. My subject matter tends to emerge as I write, and these track notes describe each song retrospectively once I've figured out what a song seems like it's saying. Typically I'm lying when I say "this week I wrote a song about" anything. This was a fun one for me.

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I'm writing a song about
Turning a page
How I try to fill it up
But scratch at the phrase
How I saw the light break
Words they can't get it
No note rings clear enough
To match the silence

I'm writing some words about
The passage of time
We pause to anticipate
But tend to rewind
How I felt my breath catch
Words they won't get it
No verse is sharp enough
To cut the moment down

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released January 4, 2016

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Mount Everest Brooklyn, New York

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