Somewhere outside

Black-eyed Susans always remind me of a favorite song, making those understated flowers a welcome sight, especially when they’re glowing in the sun. Today I’m adding that twisted ditty to my inspiration page, where it deservedly goes (if you’re not up for the enjoyable banter off the top just click ahead to about the 1:12 mark). Black Eye by Uncle Tupelo was Jeff Tweedy coming of age as a songwriter. It’s the ultimate arrangement of embattled youth, sung as a stone-cold lament with the juxtaposition of a jangly guitar lilt. It’s an ironic song, one about obtaining that mark, for better but ultimately for worse, that makes you seemingly identifiable. Tweedy lets us know just how much worse it gets at the end:

When he realized that this one was here to stay / He took down all the mirrors in the hallway / He thought only of his younger face

Anyway, it’s incredibly sad and incredibly beautiful. I guess the scraggly nature of the flowers do the same for me. I hope you have a listen and like the photo.
Somewhere outside
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5 Comments to “Somewhere outside”

  1. Beautiful image here… the lighting is very dreamy. That little vapor trail adds so much!

  2. And I always wonder why those vapor trails look like they’re blasting off to another planet? Are planes safely capable of this stuff!?

  3. I did listen to the song and I thought for a minute of skipping to 1:12, but then ended up listening to the whole thing, and I’m glad I did.

    I do like the photo, but the post trumps it. It is your description of the song and its importance that got my attention. I suspect JT would have appreciated your note as well. I have no doubt that you are the audience he’s listening for.

    Nice post.

    • Wow, thanks Adam. I wish you liked the photo slightly more than the post, as I think I could have written it better, but I’m glad you got the gist of what I was trying to say. Interesting concept you write about – JT finding his audience. The funny thing is I had an entirely happy childhood, but it afforded me the chance to notice kids around me that didn’t, maybe. I’m not sure. The song definitely resonates with me and makes sense to me, though, even if I’m not whom he was specifically writing at. Thanks for writing here.

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