First off, I hope everyone had a fun and safe Fourth of July this year. Second off, I love fireworks, they are such an awesome thing. Third, I love this song which just so happens to be named after fireworks. So I decided to celebrate Independence Day by exercising my freedom to ramble on about music I love. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a huge Animal Collective fan and I think I've even mentioned the fact several times on here. Most of my friends know who Animal Collective is because of me (i.e. because I wouldn't shut up about Animal Collective until my friends finally agreed to listen to some of their songs). But, this song right here is probably my favorite AC song (it's a very close race between this and "Banshee Beat") and I would also rank it in my top ten favorite songs of all time.
Me and this song have been through a lot together. When I first heard it, I was at an all time low in my life. It was the exactly right, perfect song for me to hear at that moment. It was like divine music intervention or something. Not only did this song inspire me to get my shit together and do what I needed to do to make things right, the words seemed to be ripped straight out of my own brain. Dave Portner (Avey Tare)'s lyrics in this song are very much stream of consciousness, but I still swear to this day that the consciousness is mine and not his. For me it's that song (we all have one, right?) that seems like it could have been written by me, or at least specifically for me. Everything in this song lyrically, from the way Portner is so romantically observant of his surroundings, how he's simultaneously inward and outward focused, so trapped in his own mind yet so full of love and wonder for everyone and everything that's around him reminds me so much of me. Even the beautiful business of the melodies and rhythms of the song sound like the inside of my head when I'm really inspired by something.
I know I'm making this very personal and it's hard to relate to what I'm talking about because it's all about me, but I can only really think of this song in these terms. It probably says something about how weird I am that I identify so deeply with a strange song like this, but oh well, I do. I just think it's interesting how we can listen to so much music that we love in our lifetime by so many different artists and yet we hear a certain song that just means so much more than any other. It's an interesting phenomenon. I think on some level it has something to do with what I was talking about in my Fiona Apple #NP post. When an artist goes really personal with his or her lyrics, the listener can relate on a much deeper level and find a lot more personal meaning in that song. So hopefully that means more people will relate to what I'm talking about here than I think. (Probably not). It's hard to explain in words. All I'm saying is this song is great, fireworks are great, Animal Collective is really awesome and you should listen to "Fireworks" below. Yep.