I don’t know about your calendar, but mine is all inked up with hearts Tuesday, November 8th for Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett’s show at the Ogden Theatre in Denver. I’m not a wizard or all-knowing by any means, but I’m predicting it’s going to be one of the greatest shows of the year.
Let me be the real with you, like really real. Can we do that? Can we go there together?
So you know that moment when you’re lying in bed, insomniatic from all that pent-up mind fuzz from the past few months that’s got you at the point where you can’t tell your arms from your legs, your head from your feet, and you’re absolutely sure it’s not going to be okay because despite what friends and family say, you’re absolutely sure that you’re going to explode?
Spring break, March 2015, that was me. Fortunately around then, a friend who shared the same intense affinity for contemporary feminist punk rock anthems sent me “Pedestrian At Best,” the breakout track from the wildly successful Sometimes I Just Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit... and I bottlerocketed out. Biking around town with my chunkiest headphones, galavanting from one end of the apartment to the other, I could always be found belting, “Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you/Tell me I’m exceptional and I’ll promise to exploit you.”
Watch Courtney Barnett's video for "Pedestrian At Best":
When I finally collapsed, I tuned to “Avant Gardener,” and as a wannabe writer who was, you guessed it, down on myself about that prospect, listening to that song from The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas served as a longtime model on how to tell a compelling story. And then, yeah, my humor became a lot more self-deprecating for a minute, which actually wound up helping me learn to take myself less seriously. It’s for these reasons that the impacts of first discovering CB’s music have crystallized in my heart.
Peep Avant Gardener for yourself:
So moral of the story friends is this: Don’t be afraid to poke fun at yourself for your missteps. CB has proved it's only going to make you that much more punk rock. Come see Courtney Barnett with me this Tuesday, November 8th in Denver. We can feel all the emotions together; whatever’s clever. Grab your ticket(s) now.
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