Three songs from "Carrie & Lowell" by Sufjan Stevens, contributed by Charis Garman (2021)
12021-04-24T17:03:14-04:00Emily Mitchellff4ea107307f7ae7326072957b361b722e43ffd1732plain2021-04-24T17:03:51-04:00Emily Mitchellff4ea107307f7ae7326072957b361b722e43ffd1Sufjan Stevens wrote “Carrie & Lowell” as a reflection on his estranged mother’s death from stomach cancer. He says, “With this record, I needed to extract myself out of this environment of make-believe,” and “It's something that was necessary for me to do in the wake of my mother's death—to pursue a sense of peace and serenity in spite of suffering. It's not really trying to say anything new, or prove anything, or innovate. It feels artless, which is a good thing. This is not my art project; this is my life.” The songs address the complexity of relationships and humanity: dealing with themes of ambiguous loss (by estrangement), religion, cyclical grief and life, and the aftermath of death. The lyrics rely heavily on personal and traditional imagery, and the music, with the rippling accompaniment, is calming. Listening to these tracks has always given me a sense of tranquility as I contemplate my own losses and mortality.
12021-04-24T17:01:58-04:00Sufjan Stevens, "Death With Dignity" (Official Audio)1Available on Asthmatic Kitty Records LYRICS: Spirit of my silence I can hear you But I'm afraid to be near you And I don't know where to begin And I don't know ...plain2021-04-24T17:01:58-04:002015-03-31T00:57:51ZYouTubeAsthmatic Kitty RecordsdsGODTySH0E
12021-04-24T17:02:15-04:00Sufjan Stevens, "Should Have Known Better" (Official Audio)1LYRICS: I should have known better To see what I could see My black shroud Holding down my feelings A pillar for my enemies I should have wrote a letter And ...plain2021-04-24T17:02:15-04:002015-03-11T12:00:04ZYouTubeAsthmatic Kitty RecordslJJT00wqlOo
12021-04-24T17:02:26-04:00Sufjan Stevens, "John My Beloved" (Official Audio)1LYRICS: Are we to speak, first day of the week Stumbling words at the bar Beauty blue eyes, my order of fries Long Island kindness and wine Beloved of John, ...plain2021-04-24T17:02:26-04:002015-03-31T00:57:52ZYouTubeAsthmatic Kitty RecordswVZUBMUekck