We have not had the greatest ten days or so in our extended family. But the very same day we hit that iceberg, I got something in the mail that I turned out to be a life raft of sorts. My new album Art Angels from Grimes arrived.
Now, Grimes is, to me, an awe-inspiring genius, but she’s no Adele in terms of appeal. So I fully expect most people to be saying, who?” Or, if you know her stuff, maybe even, “hmm.” And you know what? You are fine with that. I am not pushing her. She’s definitely not for everyone. Bless her, she doesn’t want to be. I love that about her — she is singular and she is true to herself.
To give you an idea of Grimes, what’s probably the best song on her new album is called Kill v. Maim, and she said she wrote it from the perspective of Al Pacino in The Godfather Part 2 except he’s a vampire who travels through space. So.
You like to think she’s just playing with people there. However, the video lends some support to that concept, since it’s so bloody that I wouldn’t link innocent people to it. Tarantino fans, though, could Google it. And I think it’s great — especially before the rivers of blood begin to run down people’s faces and necks.
But, while it’s perhaps not as fantastic as Kill v. Maim, my favorite song on the album might be another song, called California. Grimes has explained this one as an f-you song, aimed at a music reviewing site. However, what I love about California is its irresistibly happy pop beat. It’s an upbeat f-you song.
My favorite part is when she sings, “And when the ocean rises up above the ground / baby, I’ll drown / in Ca – al- al – al – al- California.”
Okay, maybe that sounds … not upbeat. But when you hear it, it’s a happy, even triumphant, drowning. (I mean, she is in California.)
I took a meditation class last year with an awesome teacher who said when things get difficult, remember to ride the waves. Don’t try to fight what’s happening — you can’t change it any more than you can change ocean waves. Just ride the waves. I’m going to say that it’s nice to do that with a smile on your face.