Saturday, September 7, 2013

Florence + the (Little) Machine(s)

This is a phenomenal group of young singers in London known as Capital Children's Choir covering Florence + the Machine's song Shake it Out from the album Ceremonials, one of my favorites in recent years.

In the last few months, I've been walking every evening at twilight.*  During that time, I tend to listen to the same playlist of songs, including the original of this one.  It has some heaven and hell, demons and redemption lyrics in it, and for some (including my old self) this song could have a very spiritual and specifically Christian meaning.  This is fine and makes perfect sense to me.  For me (of course, because I can't let this topic go) it's a deconversion song.  It's hard to dance/ with a devil on your back/ so shake him off...

It surely is.  And I surely did.

Whatever it might mean (or not) to you--enjoy.  As for me, it makes me glad to be alive.






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*Let's take this word back.

8 comments:

  1. absolutely amazing. triple loved it.

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    1. Julie, for me it's chills and tears every time.

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  2. Oh, and shame on me for praising the singers and ignoring the instrumentalists--also fantastic.

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  3. This gave me chills. The entire time. Incredible.

    (Also love your reclaiming the word twilight! )

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  4. ps---just tried getting your email address to drop you a line, but can't access it for some reason.

    I'm so glad I discovered your corner here, so inspiring!

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    1. Mary, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I've enjoyed your blog for a long time, and like so many good things in life, I don't even remember how I found it! Also, thanks for the lovely email. I will answer that here in a bit.

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  5. Unbelievable!!! I share your interpretation... because I want to! Absolutely incredibly beautiful. What voices. What musicians. I am inspired! Thanks.

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    1. It would be amazing to hear them sing a concert in person!

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