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When People Fade Away

A Neil Young quote from My, My, Hey Hey that means it’s better to go out in a blaze of glory than to, well, fade away.

In Kurt Cobain’s suicide note he quoted Neil Young’s song “My My, Hey Hey” and the lyric “it’s Better to burn out, than to fade away.” I would suggest reading the actual text as it is quite a detailed description of a man who lost his passion in life (the website hosting this note would probably piss him off too). If you’re too lazy, here is the gist about his performances:

The worst crime I can think of would be to rip people off by faking it and pretending as if I’m having 100% fun.

I bring your attention to the Hozier album work which I’ve never viewed closely before. I see the typewriter and some beers which seem to be his workplace. His head is filled with thoughts of city life and tranquility, while his arm comes from an industrial nature. That’s what I see at first glance and I only point it out because I haven’t ever looked closely at it before and it’s a decent segue (after Jon corrected my for all intensive purposes, I’ll use segue instead of segway) into my next thought.

For the love of god don’t Google people having sex at church.

I was listening to Howard Stern and he mentioned how Hozier’s song Take Me to Church signified going to church as having sex. News to me. I suppose the lyric:

My church offers no absolutes
She tells me “worship in the bedroom

pretty much gives that away, but I never paid attention.

That noted, Howard was wondering what happened to Hozier and I had the same thought months earlier. The self titled album “Hozier” came out in 2014 and he’s only released one song since then in 2016 called Better Love. His twitter account is still popping about history and typical Hozier fashion that I’d expect:

I didn’t start this post with the intent to write about Hozier, but then I started playing the album on Spotify and figured I’d answer the question for myself. I can’t come up with any new news through basic searching.

Eminem at 18

My spark for this post was wondering how Eminem keeps writing lyrics to rap songs. This thought came to me a long time ago when I heard this lyric:

Sometimes I feel like all I ever do is
Find different ways to word the same, old song
Ever since I came a long
From the day the song called “Hi, my Name Is” dropped

The Slim Shady LP was released in February of 1999. That’s 18 years of Eminem recording music. How is he able to do the same principle over and over again without getting sick and tired of it like I imagine Hozier has. Or I’m sure you could say that he does get sick and tired of it, but he’s made to do it, so why not?

I try to relate this to normal everyday life a little bit because most people do run out of steam with whatever it is they do. I can only speak for myself, which I’m learning is most important, and I wouldn’t be able to perform an activity for 18 years no matter what it was. But what about your job? Shit. I’m 11 years into my work and I’ve learned much about the position. There is no end in sight though. I suppose it’s possible we could explode the business in the next few years but it’s more of a brick by boring brick instead of a Snapchat IPO.

By | 2017-03-09T00:30:28+00:00 March 9th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

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  1. JDubs March 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Hozier is personally my favorite singer/songwriter of the 21st century (and probably of my life) so I’m glad you didn’t rip on him. Howard Stern, as much as I love him, just gets so out of his element with stuff that he is ignorant about. (ie. the Kyrie Irvin comment and Hozier comments recently). They make fun of “fake news” and “alternative facts” but then they give the listener these tidbits out of context and ultimately are creating perceptions based on “fake news” themselves.

    I think Hozier’s first album had so many incredibly written lyrics with pretty pinpoint, fingerpicked guitar to match the emotion of the songs. The lyrics just lingered over these huge real life concepts/issues that he could soulfully belt out because he was given a 1/1000000000 voice. Jackie & Wilson, Work Song, From Eden, Sedated, Someone New are all A++ songs. Definitely listen if you haven’t given him a shot. Also, If you haven’t watched the Take me to Church music video, it’s pretty clear the song is about the conflicting reality of someones homosexuality with their religious beliefs. The video was like watching a horror movie. Even his album cover is amazingly artistic. I think he could be struggling to make songs that are as impactful as his first album, but only he knows. Anyways, had to show my love for a superb artist.

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