One of my favorite bands is @angusandjuliastone and they just released a new album this week that I’ve been playing on repeat. I love their voices, their words, their sound – which when combined, they are almost ethereal and dream-like, and might be why I can so easily lose myself in their music. There are a few songs on this album that have lines which really resonate with me. One is from their song “Baudelaire.” The line is “I will leave my troubles by the river,” and there’s something about that statement, about the way that Angus’ voice gruffly declares it that makes me imagine making a boat, removing all the pain and worry in my head with a wand like Dumbledore does with his memories in Harry Potter, putting them in the boat and sending them off to be swept away by the river’s current. Of course, when I tried to make a visual representation of that, it didn’t even come close to the image in my mind. I tried painting it on onion skin paper with gouache. I tried to recreate the boat. It all came out more childlike than I wanted, but maybe that was the point. Kids are more capable of suspending disbelief and accepting that drawing your pain from your mind with a magic wand could actually be accomplished. Maybe I need to draw upon my inner child, embrace the music’s dream-like tone and truly believe I can leave my troubles by the river, if only for an afternoon, so that I can take a break from them. So, that I can be free to be swept away by the trance of the music, so that I can be free. 263/365.
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