Swimming upstream…population of one

31 Days of Brannan – Day 21


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Today’s Playlist – Official Video Release – Square One


So Jay piped in across his media network that his newest video was posted to YouTube. Of course I had to check it out. So here I am, on a  lunch break at work, writing about my first impressions of the release. This song was one of my favorites on the album. I liked it’s snarky-ness. The way it boldly lays it out that life doesn’t fucking care about our tribulations. Whatever strife we go through, whatever foibles cross our path. Be it in our lovelife, our daily routine, interactions with others who momentarily intersect in our existence here on the planet. It doesn’t matter. Life goes on, unabated, indifferent – no matter how hard we push, how hard we strive, how much we want the brass ring.

Life doesn’t care.

The universe doesn’t care.

If there were any bigger evidence that none of it matters in the big scheme of things, I can’t think of any. We spin our own drama, we create the strife within ourselves and for others around us. I guess it’s nearly impossible in this day and age not to make waves (emotively, responsibly, or physically). We leave our footprint behind whether we want to or not. It’s just evidence of our passing through, yet, none of it truly matters in the long scheme of things. Even those who achieve some sort of historical significance, that too is fleeting. What was relevant and pressing say in Elizabethan times, probably doesn’t mean nearly as much now. A thousand years hence? Forget about it…

So I get the point of the song. The futility of life. The struggle to eke out some acceptance and recognition from someone (or anyone really).

It can seem very futile. It can even seem crass in how hard it pushes back on our struggle just to survive, say nothing of loving or having it retuned in kind. It can all be a bit debilitating, emotively if not mentally. It’s grueling, unrelenting.

And we’re always being reset, always regrouping and trying again.

I’d like to say you’re in it together. And for a great bit of it you are. But there are times when, even though I am surrounded by friends and family, I still feel utterly alone in my struggle. I can’t help it. The responsibility can be sometimes too much to bear.

It’s just part of the human condition to keep advancing despite how hard life tries to push against us.

Okay, I didn’t mean to get so maudlin. The song sort of brings it out in me. It is a reminder of the struggle in life. And the video is great at visually giving us that.

Sidebar: Jay looks really good. I think he improves with age. He’s gonna be one of those lucky guys whose appeal grows as he matures (both musically as well as physically). Good for him…

I will say this though. His music gives me the drive to press on. To keep advancing. If not for me, than my family, my friends, my fledgling writing career.

So, yeah, being set back to Square One. It’s a space in life I am quite familiar with. I have to think most of us are too.



The Always, Then & Now Tour…

Please check out his site with links for his upcoming shows. I am definitely a late comer to the Brannan bandwagon whenever he pulls through my city. But now that I am going this year, I am making it a goal never to miss when he swings through town. I hope you take advantage of the opportunity as well. Also be sure to check out his web store at the following link.

Jay's Website - jaybrannan.com
Jay’s Website – jaybrannan.com







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