Because I couldn’t do a music meme without a Sufjan song. No wonder Sufjan Stevens is so influent in the music world nowadays: he is the perfect combination between criativity, talent, interpertation and voice. And niceness. And looks.
And when you write a poem
I know the words, I know the sounds
I try not reading too much into this song, but it always catches me. The organ at the beginning, the stripped way he sings. And, of course, the way the whole song builds up to the end. Another great closing song.
The National (with Sufjan Stevens) - Afraid of Everyone on Letterman
A wild Sufjan appears.
“I don’t understand why bands do that. It seems really tacky to me. I get asked all the time .Those shows are just promoting insipid comedies. Who watches those shows? And whoever does-I don’t think my music would speak to those people. I don’t even want those people to hear what I’m doing. I think musicians should stay off television generally.” -Sufjan on Late Night TV, Interview Magazine
It’s nice that he can swallow his elitist bullshit to play with friends. I would too if the band’s drummer was John Lennon. It’s weird seeing him sing without an instrument, but that vest and jacket suit him nicely.
Anyway, this song is so addictive—the kind that crawls under your skin. That whole album is awesome, especially if you like sad songs with manic energy. It’s for when you don’t have anyone tangible to commiserate with.
When I thought my love for Sufjan couldn’t increase more…
“I was a teenager and this was my first experience with death. At that age, you’re easily confused. I couldn’t understand why she had to die. Experiences like this always cause doubt. Because we don’t cope well with the idea of evil in this world. But that’s good. One of the foundations of faith is the lack of it - the disbelief. It’s very important. Firm belief is a bit unreal. That leads to religious fanaticism. Doubt is inseperable from Christianity. You doubt each figure in the Bible - Abraham, Moses, all the kings and the apostles. Even Jesus doubted. So isn’t it funny how religions - especially Christian institutions in the US - have eliminated all doubt? They don’t understand how important it is to doubt. With all its consequences.” (Roughly translated from a Dutch interview)