I’m 33!!! How did that happen?

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“Nobody knows what the future holds
And it’s bad enough just getting old
Live my life in self-defense
You know I love the past, ’cause I hate suspense…”

-Vampire Weekend “Diane Young”

This catchy lyric from Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young” pretty much epitomizes how I feel after 33 years on this planet.  If there’s two things I’ve learned this year through a painful process of unlearning it’s that I don’t know a thing and I have absolutely no control.  In the words of Vampire Weekend, I don’t know what the future holds, I am getting older, I live my life in denial of these facts, and I glorify my past because I hate the suspense of the unknown. Continue reading

Vampire Weekend Takes on God: Part V

Vampire Weekend lie back and think of New England.

Part I, II, III, & IV

We left off last week with Ezra Koenig and the gang experiencing the agonizing struggle that comes from faith in a good God.  Simply put, with all the pain and suffering in the world and our hearts how can one believe in any sort of god let alone one who is good?  In the midst of this struggle Koenig wraps up the chorus of “Worship You” with a prayer, “Who will guide us through the end?”

This said, in our final post of this series we’re offered a resolution of sorts in Vampire Weekend’s song, “Ya Hey” (Yahweh get it…).  It’s a messy resolution, but are important ones ever clean? Continue reading

Vampire Weekend Takes on God: Part IV

Part I, Part II, & Part III

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Several months ago I was having a pretty bad evening, so I decided to do sort of a free form spew of what was on my mind.  Here were my thoughts:

Sometimes I think it would be easier to just be an atheist.  All those tragedies on a global scale… Things like earthquakes, tsunamis, genocides, Syria, and the Boston bombings would be much easier to swallow if I didn’t believe in a loving God.  All those atrocities around me…  Abusive fathers, crack-head mothers, suicidal teens, and neglected children would be much easier to deal with if I didn’t believe in a benevolent God.  My own fractured nature…  Mental illness, crushed hopes, persistent sins, ever present heartache, fatigue, and emptiness would be so much more comprehensible if everything were up to chance…  Things would be much easier if I could. I wouldn’t have to try and reconcile day in and day out what I see around and feel inside me with the message that “God is love.” Continue reading

Vampire Weekend Takes on God (Redux): Part I

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When I read Rolling Stone’s review of Vampire Weekend’s new album “Modern Vampires of the City” prior to its release I couldn’t wait to get may hands on it.  About the album Nathan Brackett writes:

“God, of all people, looms large: He is a foil on “Unbelievers,” where Koenig sings about the fundamentalist half of the world wanting to throw him and his lady under the tracks of the train. The sweet “Everlasting Arms” is partly inspired by a 19th-century church song; “Worship You” references Paradise Lost (and Nick Cave). “Ya Hey” (rhymes with “Yahweh” – get it?) retells the Old Testament story of the burning bush, over a dubby groove.” http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/modern-vampires-of-the-city-20130507 Continue reading