Week 56 // Mortality Shimmy Shake

by Mount Everest

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Notes: This week I managed to make the poppiest, most danceable tune in recent Mount Everest history, and I went ahead and sang all about death. But really when you are singing about death, you are actually singing about life. At least that’s the way that I do it. I am afraid to die. I don’t think about it very much, but now and then it catches me: the inevitability of it. It is something I’d rather never do. How much easier would it be to live out your days in unending certainty that one day would be followed by another and another and on and on without end? You would have little to fear, but certainly you would have little motivation to use the time that you have for something that has a point to it. Here’s the point of what I’m trying to say: Life is wonderful, and death is a part of it, so no matter how scary death is, there is something beautiful about it. It frames our experiences, and pushes us to create. I causes us to reflect on those we love. It inspires us to action. The greatest comfort that I draw from my fear of dying is the fact that I haven’t done it yet. It is a comfort so great that the fear washes away immediately and I am overwhelmed by the beauty of possibility. You will die, but know this: until then you are alive!

Here’s hoping your Monday doesn’t totally suck.
~M.E.

P.S.
Thanks to JWG of Big Sir Projects for this week’s artwork!

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Lyrics:

You touch on the good that you set aside
But somewhere your heart feels you burn alive
It’s someplace you’ve been
With trees and gardens
With love and moonlight
It’s at the end

And what does it mean?
We’re gonna fade away?
That all of your friends could leave you here one day?

As plain as it seems yeah
That human beings
We got boiling blood
We’ve got hopes and dreams

So it wakes you with a start just to know
That every last one of us was built to grow
That every last heart’s got a seed to sew
And you can keep it or you can live and let go

But you let the beauty in the thought pass you by
Because it shakes just to know that we’re bound to die
Yes, you’ll die
Yes, you’ll die
You will die
But know this:
Until then
You are alive

And what does it mean?
We’re gonna fade away?
That all of your friends could leave you here one day?

As plain as it seems yeah
That human beings
We got boiling blood
We’ve got hopes and dreams

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released December 12, 2011

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