Friday, February 06, 2009
To and from work over the past week, I've been listening to a couple of CDs my good friend Adrian Hester recently sent my way. I have particularly been enjoying Based on a True Story, an album released in 2005 by Fat Freddy's Drop, a group out of Wellington, New Zealand, of all places. Wikipedia describes them as "a seven-piece roots/dub/reggae/jazz/soul band." My favorite song by far on the album is "Wandering Eye", a shorter version of which I've embedded below.
Not that I'm afflicted with a wandering eye, but it's been awhile since I've heard a song that speaks to me so well.
Hope you enjoy it, too!
PS: The following, by Ayn Rand, strikes me as particularly applicable here:
Psycho-epistemologically, the pattern of the response to music seems to be as follows: one perceives the music, one grasps the suggestion of a certain emotional state and, with one's sense of life serving as the criterion, one appraises this state as enjoyable or painful, desirable or undesirable, significant or negligible, according to whether it corresponds to or contradicts one's fundamental feeling about life. ("Art and Cognition," The Romantic Manifesto, 53.)"Prison of Love", by Hepcat, falls into the same category as "Wandering Eye" for me.