Tuesday, September 29, 2009
My Apathy Medicine
The Pogues have everything I look for in a good band. They're full of energy, a love of music, life, and the idea that you should kick shit up while your youth is still in your bones. Shane McGowan was a fantastic songwriter, even if you can't understand him all the time. His voice may not be the most perfect but there's more life, joy, and agony in it than all the shit on the radio put together.
Can music really wash your soul clean? Can it save your life? Well, I know The Pouges do something to me. Their music lifts me up, gives me energy and makes me want to do something creative, anything. It makes me want to scream and shout and sing and dance. It makes a fool of me, and I love it.
It probably sounds stupid but it's the music that really does get me through. All the boring stupid shit I have to deal with everyday, It just all falls into the background and becomes meaningless.
"I'm just following the Irish tradition of songwriting, the Irish way of life, the human way of life. Cram as much pleasure into life, and rail against the pain you have to suffer as a result. Or scream and rant with the pain, and wait for it to be taken away with beautiful pleasure.
Irish music is guts, balls and feet music, yeah? It's frenetic dance music, yeah? Or it's impossibly sad like slow music, yeah?"
Apathy is a disease. I'm glad I have something to help fight it. Something to inject my soul with a bit of life when all I want to do is lie down and stare at the ceiling.
So...what's your apathy medicine?