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Death and Love in Jason Isbell’s “If We Were Vampires”
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There are times when a song or a phrase, a picture or a wisp of cloud, a gnarled old tree or a glance from a stranger, hits us like a bomb, but a good kind of bomb—one that shakes us out of the stupor we too often descend into as we forsake sharing with our own lives the precious gift of our true and careful attention. And so it was, apparently, with rootsy singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and his complete absence from my radar Just how did that happen? All well and good, but in the case of a song with as much emotional wallop and elegance as this one, no award can truly reflect the songwriting genius and the urgency of heart that went into its writing. Full lyrics will again follow at the end of the post. What makes it, deep in our hearts, so fierce and protective of our beloveds and, not coincidentally, of ourselves?
Trigger Reviews 56 Comments. A love song with avid participation from his wife and singing partner Amanda Shires, the song delves into the sad perspective that forever in a marriage or a relationship is ultimately a relative term. The sad reality is that barring double tragedy, one lover will leave before the other, an not uncommonly with the gulf of a decade or more in between. But most importantly, Isbell uses that perspective to covey a deep affection for his other half. But this concern tends to succumb to the quality of the writing with subsequent listens to the song. Jason Isbell has now shown a dramatic range of what listeners can expect from The Nashville Sound. Scott May 18, am.
He twists this sad phenomenon that most of us do not like to think about into a beautiful story of love. If we were all vampires who lived forever, there would be no point to live in the moment and enjoy the precious little time we have in the world. Listening to this song changed the paradigm in which I view mortality. It is usually something I, like most people, do not think about. His lyrics are pure poetry, and so relatable to anyone who has ever been in love.
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