||Black metal can be punk music,|
||"Alles wird in Flammen stehen"
||or it can be relentless waves of crescendos.|
||Proof Of Existence
||Gothic metal can be hesitant and distracted.|
||"Near To The Wild Heart Of Life"
||On momentous, uncontrollable days, it's tempting to believe that it's ultimately all just rock and roll.|
||But this isn't even true. Ambivalence is not inherently a temporary lack of information.|
||Compassion is realizing that fear comes from a love of something.|
||"All I Need"
||Bury it deeply enough, make joy rise up through enough layers of dirt and leaking infrastructure, and it comes out of the ground unrecognizable.|
||"From the Dark Past"
||But what do you see in something mangled? Packaging to be discarded?|
||"Create and Annihilate"
||Or potential disguised by streaks of defeat?|
||"Angels of Steel"
||All the self-aware heroes spend their alone time in darkness,|
||"I Fortida Sitt Lys"
||learning how its weaknesses and their own intersect and oppose.|
||Built To Last
||This is how it becomes possible to be at once mortal and heroic.|
||"Time Has Come"
||This is how you prepare for decisions you have to allow other people to make.|
||This is how you learn to call for help.|
||This is how we keep proper inventories of what we have survived.|
||And how we find out what comes after triumph,|
||and why you should never trust anybody who claims they are winning, but clearly does not want to play.|
||The Last Full Measure
||History always finds out what they're really running from.|
||Verónica, la Cortesana del Infierno
||You can't actually build a wall tall enough for hiding from your own pain, and it's a waste of irreplaceable resources to try.|
||"When God Took a Day Off"
||Resources you probably don't have in the abundance you think.|
||And in the end, you don't learn that much from raising or lowering banners whose meanings you already believe you know.|
||"Måste va en dröm"
||Put down the flags. Find something quiet and unintelligible.|
||Elections are not corrupt. Or, rather, their corruption is minor compared to their reduction.|
||"Avstånd och Skog"
||It matters which direction you turn, of course. Of course it matters.|
||"Walk Through Fire"
||But not as much as the way you walk.|
||A Glimpse of Self Joy
||The streets will be named after people you never get to meet, no matter what you think of them. But you pick the shoes you use to walk on them, and the headphones you wear, and what plays in them.|
||You decide if you say hello to the guy with the I VOTED sticker on his forehead. You decide if you wait first to see if he's raising the gym you're here for up, or tearing it down.|
||Today, for a little while, as is often but by no means always true, it is easier to destroy than to build.|
||"Siamo ancora qui"
||Easier to cast a vote against narcissistic nihilism and call that your important labor for a day than to build anything that might stand longer than it takes you to collect.|
||"Enjoy the Show"
||But here's the thing: this is only a vitally important distraction.|
||"Ya No Llego al Avión"
||Nothing set in motion today will begin with inertia, either way.|
||La Oreja de Van Gogh
||"Mi Pequeño Gran Valiente"
||El Planeta Imaginario
||But the things you were half in love with yesterday, maybe tonight you will fall some of the rest of the way.|
||We are not entrusting our hopes to a quantified outcome.|
||"Dawn Will Bring Us Death"
||My Prayers Have Become Ghosts
||What I mean is, they feel like our hopes that we are casting,|
||I Built the Sky
||The Sky Is Not the Limit
||but hopes never really leave the body.|
||Songs To Your Eyes
||What we do today, as much ominously as historically, is decide what it means to vote for our incumbent, unopposed selves.|
||What do we pick when the options aren't compartmentalized for us?|
||What do we do when we feel, in ourselves, yearning tendrils of the fears we have decried?|
||What do we do when we miss something terrible and pointless we used to have?|
||"Alternative Occupations - EP Versions"
||How do we rebel productively against ourselves, once we're all we're left with?|
||"Alcubierre Drive - Radio Edit"
||Chasing the Speed of Light
||How do we dance in the dark lights we poured so much energy into extinguishing?|
||None of this has diminished us.|
||None of it has brought us any closer to death, or at least not any faster.|
||heartSOUNDS - EP 5
||None of this crushing landslide of the mundane has unmade any essential magic.|
||When You Said Forever
||History sits waiting to be rewritten as a love song,|
||"Save Me Now"
||and thus finally made true.|
||This is why it matters what happens in Ohio, or any other American state:|
||The March Ahead
||"Time After Time"
||- Truths are sustained not by reiteration, but by mutation.|
||- Productive mutation is a result not of chaos, but of sustained pressure.|
||Wolves At The Gate
||Types & Shadows
||- Relentlessness always eventually wins.|
||Behind the Fallen
||As The Sky Falls Through 6
||- That's what "eventually" means.|
||Lower Than Atlantis
||- The ones singing at the end are the ones who are willing to never shut up.|
||"Giving It Up"
||- All political movements are wars against silence.|
||- Which is why the most profound error is mistaking permanent plaintive anthems of self-discovery for self-contained zero-sum fight-songs that end.|
||Downfall Of Gaia
||- And missing that true anthems always being as celebrations of self-discovery, until the point where they freeze and people start not even knowing about the verses they're leaving out.|
||So on this day when some fleeting torments will end and the more durable ones will survive, cast your tiny vote into the ocean, and then choose one frozen verse close to you to thaw.|
||Colin & Caroline
||Draw one beautifully not-quite-straight line.|
||Let one frantic precipitous thing fall into the flight it strains for.|
||Birds Of Tokyo
||Break something into more fragments than you can count, and find out what it is when you put it back together.|
||Last Night +1
||Do something you've outgrown.|
||"Other Side of Midnight"
||Kiss somebody you once loved.|
||"When We Die"
||Blessed Are Those
||Believe something borrowed from somebody else's soul.|
||"Return to Skyrim"
||Return to Skyrim +3
||Strike a decisive blow against something that doesn't exist.|
||"Ready or Not"
||Accept the meaningless of one thing you hold self-evident.|
||"Meet Me on the Battlefield"
||Walk away, in fading argent light and the sound of not knowing,|
||into somewhere that leaders, by their helpless powerless nature, can never go.|