"Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
-Alan Watts

Monday, May 30, 2011

Come On Up...

For all of you who, for whatever the reason, happen to just be in one of 'those' moods. I present to you a song I've never disagreed with and that is Come On Up To The House from Tom Waits' album Mule Variations (1999). This was Tom Waits' first studio album produced since 1992's Bone Machine. Tom Waits' pain stricken gritty voice crooning about life seems to offer an odd connection to that dismal, dreary 'mood' we all experience from time to time. You might ask me, "why surround myself with audible misery on top of my current emotional state?" I respond to you by saying that Waits' voice opens the door and welcomes you in almost accompanying your misery as if saying 'yeah kid, I know; me too.' Once you're in you begin to relax and give yourself in to the song.  As the lyrics of the last verse pass through your ears-
"There's nothin in the world
that you can do
you gotta come on up to the house
and you been whipped by the forces
that are inside you
come on up to the house
well you're high on top
of your mountain of woe
come on up to the house
well you know you should surrender
but you can't let go
you gotta come on up to the house
-you realize you can't let go; you must persevere.

Hope you all find enjoyment and eventual comfort.



P.S. An additional song to check out would be Hold On which can also be found on Tom Waits' Mule Variations album.

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