||Elevator Girl / Starlight / Distortion 3
||I believe, and this is at once a profound hope and a debilitating fear, that we haven't done very much as a species that is qualitatively superior to having the gimmick impulse to combine chirpily buoyant J-Pop vocals with crunchy hyperarena metal arrangements and then executing this potentially throwaway concept with the maximum possible earnest human commitment.|
||When I say that music is what humans do best, I'm very much also admitting that we're pretty bad at a lot of other crucially important things.|
||Running human society in an inclusive enough way that people can believe mutually incompatible ideas both individually and collectively, without killing or hating each other? We haven't really mastered that yet.|
||"Between the Flags"
||Embracing holistic and systemic accountability for things you mostly can't see? Not really working smoothly yet.|
||Moving people around an occupied city without smashing them into each other? Issues persist.|
||"Here With Me"
||But accepting the essential grace of our failures and limitations, and singing love songs to our own ghosts?|
||Carly Rae Jepsen
||Too Much 5
||This we know.|
||Aly & AJ
||Aliens will survey our precarious ruins from orbit and beam down holographic emissaries to say "You people have made a horrible fucking mess of your own planet, but if we help you fix your climate problems, will that let you keep writing songs?|
||And we mean no offense by this, but we're going to wait up here while you think about your answer,|
||"Waves of Black"
||because, really, what the hell?"|
||Northern Memory, Vol. 1
||And I want to be able to say to them, in return, that the creatures who can't solve these problems for ourselves couldn't sing these songs.|
||We taught ourselves some power-chords in our spare time, but of course we're mainly focused on developing sustainable infrastructure and reaching empathic moral consensuses.|
||We long ago established the symbiosis between unfamiliarity and inspiration, so that our proliferating identities refine and strengthen each other.|
||Kami-sama, I have noticed
||We love imaginary benefactors that guide and guard us, but of course we realize that our shared space has to be operated on mundanely physical principles.|
||Underground / Sailing 2
||We realize that language derives most of its power and all of its danger from its independence of truth,|
||"Thanks a Lot"
||and thus we speak not from our bulging throats but from our dreaming consciences.|
||We know golf is a waste of space that could be used for more trees,|
||"to the ray world"
||ray world 2
||and that currency is a logistical convenience not a value system.|
||We realize that certain kinds of people are inherently better at some kinds of important tasks, but that with appropriate safety precautions it's possible to allow men to particpiate in government in limited but emotionally satisfying ways.|
||Everlasting Love +3
||We know mathematics is immortal in both directions,|
||"Pitch Black Prism"
||including the dimensions in which the directions are explication and implication.|
||We realize that a cow is a fantastically convoluted way of converting sunlight into blood glucose, justifiable as art but obviously unscalable.|
||"Down for Delight"
||The New Routine
||We know old wood is flamable,|
||"nothingleftnothingleft ($UICIDEBOY$ X TRAVIS BARKER)"
||we know you can't fire rockets in occupied areas, and you can't occupy areas.|
||We know that loneliness is how our bodies remind us that we need each other.|
||We know that simplification is the act of changing the quality of complexity, not the quantity.|
||"Edge Of The Throne"
||We understand that dominance is the opposite of leadership.|
||"Blown to Bits"
||We know we are forever starting over,|
||but that the first few ideas are usually good.|
||from when i wake the want is
||And we know that we're not done yet,|
||Any Random Kindness
||that none of this is enough,|
||that we have only allusively suggested our potential.|
||"Sky With Four Suns"
||John Luther Adams’ Canticles of the Sky + Three High Places
||We cannot surrender our sidewalks to the rising seas before we've even perfected sidewalks.|
||They shift and crack,|
||King Of Hypocrisy
||they beckon to places unevenly,|
||"Everything I'm Not"
||they run alongside wide roads where we should have built narrow tunnels,|
||or slice through the edges of pesticided and hoarded lawns that should have been stewarded as shared ground.|
||"Mares Igual Que Tú"
||We cannot give up our societies to collapse before we've mastered basic civics.|
||"Beneath the Forest Floor"
||A city is a machine we operate collectively,|
||The Funeral Portrait
||"Paper Mache Man"
||not a thunderdome for grifters.|
||Efrim Manuel Menuck
||"Do the Police Embrace?"
||are SING SINCK, SING
||Laws are a corrective for limited perspective, not a tool for homogenic compliance.|
||Uddevalla Dreamer, del 1 5
||You are owed one person's worth of survival and joy,|
||"Sånger från förut"
||and you owe one person's worth of contribution to our survival,|
||Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.
||but neither thing is compensation for the other.|
||You don't earn your birth, and certainly not your conception.|
||Your breaths are unmetered,|
||The Sisterhood Band
||The Sisterhood Band 2
||your heartbreaks undeducted.|
||The language in which your traffic signs were written was chosen for a particular effect,|
||Fast Animals and Slow Kids
||and the effect is noncollision.|
||"Broken Heart Syndrome"
||All of these songs are about not punching each other,|
||"心中的巨人 (國) (網劇《PTU機動部隊》主題曲)"
||not shooting each other,|
||not establishing intractable contradictions,|
||"每個瞬間 ([出發] 紀錄片原聲帶主題曲)"
||not confusing community with colony,|
||"Brand New Day"
||being ready to leave tonight to reach tomorrow.|
||And I want to tell the aliens above that our diseases are not as communicable|
||The Mariana Hollow
||"Only the Fear"
||The Abandoned Parade
||as our loving effusions are universal,|
||"Perceived in Light"
||Perceived in Light
||that our monumentally petty isms against each other|
||"Take back the power"
||Take back the power
||don't prove we should be quarantined in this greenhouse|
||"Had It All"
||as unfit for citizenship in space.|
||I want to say that the creatures who write these songs can do anything,|
||"Get Out of My Head"
||and I can, I can say it,|
||but I'd like to also believe it, and I'd believe it more firmly if we could be a little less collectively inept.|
||I'd believe it more confidently if we could agree that human laws can't be based on incorporeal assertions,|
||"Neon Dreams - Cinematic Version"
||and that the ones you yourself believe have exactly the same nonstanding as the ones whose groundlessness you see clearly.|
||The Panic Division
||I'd believe it more if we could elect an obviously competent and principled female president to replace an obviously incompetent and soulless male one.|
||I'd believe it if we could apply the degree of ingenuity we use for perserving pseudo-cheese and generating trash|
||"We Have Your Back"
||to eliminating diseases and airplane crashes and storm casualties and other stochastic unjoys.|
||Mary J. Blige
||"Thriving (with Nas)"
||If we're as good at reason as we are at exhortation, then we can definitely fix the carbon content of the atmosphere.|
||If we're half as good at climate correction as we are at songs, that should be more than enough. I mean, we're really good at songs.|
||"Cars (8-Bit Gary Numan Emulation)"
||By Request, Vol. 27
||The aliens hovering above us could have looked down and said "They've got some fairly decent beaches, but if the ocean ecosystems collapse they're going to be 8 inches deep in seawater and dead fish, and ew."|
||"Schau mich nicht so an"
||But then they heard us singing sad and glorious songs about the dying seas and the beaches we remember,|
||"Should I Stay or Should I Go"
||and listened to us learning how to confront our mistakes and ignorances and uncertainties,|
||"Bad Guy (Metal Version)"
||and said "Wait."|
||Sea of Lights
||This ghost world may have only a few songs left, but the songs don't sound like they believe that about themselves, and anyway, the more imminent a story's doom, the less patience is required to find out how it ends or doesn't.|