I had a great weekend. What did I do? I worked. All weekend. Yup. And it was great.
Every morning before I work, I say a little prayer asking God to put me where he thinks I belong for that shift. Sometimes my assignment is rather mellow, and sometimes, much like this last weekend, it is so heavy that I have to pull my boot straps up and take the bull by the horns.
For those of you that have never “taken the bull by the horns,” the first thing you must do is stare down a bull:
Then you simply just take those bloody horns… like so:
Now, you might be wondering what all of this and John Bender have to do with “In the Wake of You,” by Dum Dum Girls… and to be honest, I’m wondering the same thing. In fact, I’m wondering so much that if I don’t find a connection, I’m going to go bazonkers.
I’ve. Literally. Sat. Here. For. 10 minutes. Trying. To. Come. Up. With. A. Connection.
You know what? Sometimes all you need is a nothing. Here’s a fantastic performance of “In the Wake of You” by the girls on KEXP (I’m loving this YouTube channel).
Dum Dum girls lead singer/singwriter, Dee Dee, first released an EP under the name “Dum Dum Girls” back in 2008. There have been 4 EPs and 3 albums since then, the latest being Too True release just this last January. Their indie pop sound makes me say, “Bully!!!!” whenever I hear it.
Wow. Did I just find the connection? I believe I did. BULLY!!!!! See? Aren’t you glad you stuck around for this?
Check out Dee Dee’s thoughts on the record here. It’s an introspective read on her writing process and inspiration to the entire album. The last paragraph is something that, I’m sure, all you creative types can relate to:
“I write this now, many months later, on the up. I have served the songs and the songs have served me. It is never pretentious to feel and create. So much of my life has been defined, aided, and even saved by music. Here is my best attempt at joining the rock’n’roll ranks, of chasing pop into the dark, and I am as ever, humbled that you listen.
She took the bull by the horns and came up with a record. What can happen if you do the same? Go find out!
Download the audio of the above performance below. If you like what you heard, pass it on to someone else. Word of mouth is much more effective than word of not mouth.
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Download: In the Wake of You (live on KEXP)