I’ve been listening to Of Montreal’s “The Party’s Crashing Us” on repeat today. I’m not sure why, but it’s working wonders at alleviating the exasperation I’m dealing with today.
It surprised me upon listen three that “The Party’s Crashing Us” has totally over come its genesis, which is usually not an easy thing to do.
See, some, but not all songs, have a genesis. You know those songs that come into your life at a very significant time, or from a significant person. When you hear a song and are instantly reminded of someone or something or sometime, that’s its genesis. The very begining of when the song began to mean something more to you.
Oftentimes a the genesis cannot be pinpointed until much much later in your relationship with the song. It might take months, even years. These geneses can be a positive, wonderful thing. However there negative ones too. We all have those songs, the songs that remind you of Him or that was your song.
With a lot of effort you can overcome a song’s genesis and reclaim it as your own. It took me a long, long time to reclaim Big Star’s “Thirteen” thanks to the Outlaw. But after years and years, I have made it mine again. The genesis, though still remembered, is not the first thing I think of when I hear the song.
However, I cannot listen to Tegan & Sara without wincing and thinking about a time in my life when I acted quite poorly and selfishly. I’m sure there will come a day when Tegan & Sara won’t make me flush crimson with humiliation, but that day isn’t anytime soon.
It surprised me when I realized I was having so much fun chair dancing to “The Party’s Crashing Us.” I got this song from a boy who was very special to me, one of those who just randomly disappeared from my life without so much as a ‘goodbye and good luck.’ For the longest time I would put this song on when I wanted to feel a very keen sense of pain and regret and woe-is-meness. It’s been a long time since I’ve even listened to the song. So you can imagine my total delight that it took me three complete listens to remember its genesis, a genesis that it has totally overcome.