Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Song of the Week: Hey Marseilles/Daniel Johnston

This week’s Song of the Week is Hey Marseilles’ cover of Daniel Johnston’s "True Love Will Find You In The End." Hey Marseilles is one of the delightful bands coming out of the Seattle area that doesn’t make it to this side of the Mississippi all that often. But we still love them.  This is lovely cover, complete with hand claps, accordions and waltzing tempos.

You can download the song for free on their bandcamp page. You can (or should)  also check out their Tiny Desk Concert here. And then check out every other Tiny Desk Concert. 

The original song was written by Daniel Johnston, who is a shining example of the power of music. You see, Daniel who has been writing and recording music since the early 1980s has been diagnosed with both manic depression and schizophrenia.  Some may say that he has a troubled mind, yet he creates beautiful, painfully insightful, and some has even called brilliant music.

I have friends who deal with mental illness and without a second thought, they are honestly the strongest people I know because of what they are called to endure, both with their illness and the misguided and just plain wrong stigmas that follow them and in many cases make they feel they have to suffer alone and in silence.  Music seems to be a universal language that even the most unquiet mind can understand and speak and find solace in. 

And in the end, all of us, crazy and clear minds alike, just want to love and be loved. 

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