Friday, February 15th, 2013
Song #46: “Cathedrals” — Jump, Little Children (1998)
“In the shadows of tall buildings / of fallen angels on the ceiling”
I knew there would be at least one local band in this countdown — however, “Cathedrals” by Winston-Salem band Jump, Little Children was on this list long before I moved to North Carolina. A powerful and moving ode to the search for meaning in life, its lyrics took on unexpected (and unanticipated) meaning after 9/11 and the early years of the misguided “war on terror.”
I know this was never the band’s intention, but it is hard not imagine it with lyrics like “Someone is watching all of the outsiders/
The line moves slowly through the numbered gate/ Past the mosaic of the head of state”
None of which changes the fact that this is one of the most beautiful and haunting songs of the last few decades.
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Short Story #16: “They’re Made Out of Meat” —Terry Bisson (1990)
You think you’re existential? This snappy kick-to-the-gut will leave you cold and reeling. Comprised solely of dialog between 2 characters, “They’re Made of Meat” has a twisted Twilight Zone vibe that would have made Rod Serling proud. Which is pretty impressive considering this short short story is essentially a humor piece. Black, black gallows humor, to be sure, but still. I’d say more singing its praises, but then I’d run the risk of writing a commentary longer than the original. Just go read it:
“Bacon Starry Night” courtesy of instructables. See the rest of the countdown here.