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Suggested (m)use: Father John Misty

by Craig B | Sep 14, 2018


cover for Father John Misty's album, God's Favorite CustomerThis newest album, God’s Favorite Customer, made me happy in the most oppressive way.  With lines like “you can take what I know about love and drown it in the sink” and “a love that lasts forever really can't be that special”, the album establishes a merry bleakness that I find difficult to resist.  Not to mention it felt like quite a step up from Misty’s last album, Pure Comedy.  That album verged on being spoken word poetry (though I’ve only listened to it once and should probably give it another go), which I found artistically less interesting than actual melodramatic, pop musicality that I could sing along with whilst performing various household tasks.  God’s Favorite Customer gives me hope that Misty’s mojo has not been utterly depleted by success and I’m happy to say, “Carry on, Father John, and keep reminding us that the sunrise will burn out your retinas if you look at it long enough.”

Suggested Use:
I could see putting some of these tracks on as alarm clock music.  The softer rock sensibility and enervating nature of the content could pair well with the dreary necessities of a Monday morning.  My only fear would be that the power of association between Mr. Misty’s music and the trauma of achieving wakefulness could overwhelm one’s tolerance and liking for certain tracks.  This is why I mainly rely on the generic buzz of a phone left on vibrate to wake me up in the morning.  That and my dogs’ restlessness.  They’re always on the verge of being ready to go outside and their love is real and unproblematic … and forever; an aspect I find affirming in a dog but (not too repeat myself too much) may find maddening in a song I’ve stuck on repeat … in the morning … forever.

craig Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) He lives with his charming wife in the small town of Berne, IN (in sight of the clock tower) where he busies himself keeping the Roses of Sharon in check and training his chinchilla in the ancient arts of the Ninja. Craig’s current favorite book is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

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