truth and lies

There’s a misguided belief that just because you play an acoustic guitar and sing in a near-whisper close to the microphone, it makes you more honest than singer-songwriters who attempt to create an experience of truth in some other way. Here’s the truth: Some songs are meant to calm you down. Some are meant to stir you up. Some are transcendental, and some are …

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Sometimes words are just music themselves. Like “Strawberry” is a very musical sounding word to me. "Dandelion" is another. I like "Honeysuckle" and "Hurricane," too. And "Hallelujah." Standing on the edge of the vowel forest, I also encounter: A blossoming almond tree. The thicket grown loud with nightingales. Skin and heart. Bed. House. Heartbreak (and with it, the tentative hope for …

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