Love, Sweet Love
The cure for the cynicism of an angry, exhausted world is hidden ten tracks into the new John Prine album, and it's called "She Is My Everything," of all the unlikely, obvious titles. It's just a love song, of course; we all knew that love songs were what was going to eventually save the world. This one won't do it all by itself, because that's not really possible, but it will make you feel very good inside. I know: it feels funny to say things like "it makes me feel good inside," and some carefully programmed (and, I might point out, deeply conservative) cultural cues encourage one to resist such simple, uncomplicated reactions unless they're specifically acting-out sexual, or vengeful. (What the fuck is up with that, anyway?) Spit gleefully in the eye of our humorless historical moment and seek out this wonderful song. It will give you back something you'll deny you were missing, but we won't tell.
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