Sparkling Isolation – Day 61

Anthemic indie rock.

Sometimes the way Spotify classifies groups makes me laugh. One of my favorite bands is the Austin-based group The Rocketboys. On Spotify, they are called “anthemic indie rock.” Actually, that’s fairly accurate, but it still is a term that feels a bit pretentious.

If you don’t know this group, you definitely need to look them up and listen to as many of their songs as possible. They are, indeed, anthemic in the sense that nearly all of their songs are about important life issues and the sound is lush, full, and – well, I guess “anthemic.”

I thought about those terms – anthemic / indie / rock. As I pondered them, I took them out of their normal context and thought about my own life. At the moment, I guess I resonate with those concepts.

Anthemic – things feel so much ‘bigger than life’ right now. Life, in fact, feels bigger than life.

Indie – I am a tremendously independent person. I have lived alone most of my adult life and I am quite self-sufficient. Even in this quarantine, I am just fine. I am also of an independent nature in other areas of my life. I detest being told what to do and there is very little that brings me joy about working in a hierarchical corporate environment. I thrive when I am self-directed and totally in charge of my own schedule, my own life, my own creative output. Everything.

Rock – Like last night’s post about diamonds, life feels like a rocky thing right now. But I know that my path is strewn with gemstones. I just have to sort out the priceless from the worthless. That’s my journey at the moment.

One of the Rocket Boys songs that spoke to me strongly today is titled “Loud and Clear.” It talks about moving ahead even when it’s hard. The lyrics tell us that it’s only a matter of time before something great comes. I feel like this now. I am moving ahead and trying not be distracted by all the noise – both outer and inner noise. It’s hard sometimes, and I have no clear vision of where I am going, but if I can just keep moving forward then I know that eventually I will triumph on whatever this ‘new world’ will be. The song also sounds like a positive, uplifting anthem of hope. It makes me happy. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Here’s a video of the song:

If you prefer to read lyrics, here they are:

Loud and Clear
The Rocketboys

I never said that I was good enough
But I will say I’ll keep on trying.
All I know is that it’s been getting harder and harder and harder to climb.

So I’ll just keep my head down keep my head down,
Won’t look left, I won’t look right.
I’ll keep my head down, keep my head down because it’s only a matter of time.

When I get back you’re going to know my name like a song on the tip of your tongue;
Not that I earned it or I even deserve it but Lord I know it can be done.

And I’ll keep singing loud and keep singing clear
As I wait for the day when my time is finally here.

I’ll just keep my head down, keep my head down.
Won’t look left, I won’t look right.
I’ll keep my head down, keep my head down
‘Cause it’s only a matter of time.

As they say, “Lord, I know it can be done.”

It’s only Quarantine if it comes from the Quarante province of France. Otherwise, it’s just Sparkling Isolation.

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