Gretchen L. Kelly, Author

The Sublime Partnership of Broken Bells

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Broken Bells, The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Broken Bells, The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA

“She found herself in a world full of men
Watching them slowly destroy all her plans
‘Cause all the love she won’t allow
Herself to even dream about
Well both of us are older now, and it won’t be long
The early morning siren
Is growing louder now
‘Cause waking up is hard enough when there’s no one else around”

-Broken Bells, The Angel and the Fool

Have you ever had someone in your life who just made you feel good? And I don’t mean in that way. I mean, someone who brought a little bit of zen and peace into your world. Someone who seemed to float through life with a sense of contentment and serenity. Being around them made you feel relaxed, calm, happy. This is how I felt recently. At a concert.

Last week me and my man got to sneak away for a one night trip to Atlanta to see Broken Bells. I had been looking forward to this show for months. I knew it would be different from the concerts we’re used to seeing. I’ve said before that Broken Bells is their own genre of music. A little bit electronic. Yet warm and organic. A seamless blending of styles. Melancholy that soars. Sounds that swirl together to create something euphoric. And the lyrics. My god, the lyrics.

James Mercer (The Shins) and Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) have something special that happens when they come together to make music. A seemingly effortless melding of two Indie/Alternative music icons. This concert felt more like an experience. It wasn’t showmanship or effects. It was just music. But it was more than just music. It was a journey to someplace transcendent. It was beautiful. It was groovy, it was fun. It was my happy place. “The High Road”, off of their first album is one of my favorite songs ever. “Holding on For Life” is one of many gems off the new album, After the Disco. But after seeing the concert, “The Angel and the Fool” has been rippling through my mind and I can’t shake it. I don’t want to shake it. I hope you like it too…





5 Responses

  1. Thanks for turning me on to this. When I’m done with this comment, I’m going to restart that track and minimize the window and let it play while I do other things.

    You’ve introduced me to some music I’ve never experienced before, and it’s good, so thank you very much for that.

    Just stopped by, really, to tell you that my invitation to have the conversation on Friday is getting a good response. A few of us have been chattering on that thread today, and some of it is me and Diana coordinating, but several people have shared their views on feminism on that announcement thread.

    I’m sure at least three or four other people will show up, aside from the three of us. We still have a day to get the word out, and I haven’t used my personal Facebook timeline yet.

    I just want you to know I never would have had this idea if we hadn’t started talking about it. I’m not sure I’d ever have even written my own Feminist Friday post. I identify myself as a feminist, but, you know. I’m a tall, moderately-attractive white dude. I have to be careful about how I talk about feminism on a public blog thread. Thanks for helping me find the confidence and the right approach.

  2. I’m glad you like this song! I have been trying to figure out what I should do to promote our discussion Friday, I’ll definitely Tweet about it tomorrow. I’m glad you got the ball rolling with this, I have been thinking about it ever since you and Diana and I talked about it and just wasn’t sure how to start something. Diana actually is the one who made me think of doing something on Twitter. When she commented on my F-Word post, she said we should do something like the Slut Walks to take back the word… Also, I think the more men in the conversation the better. Men caring about this issue and participating could be the thing that helps people realize that Feminists aren’t the man-hating angry beasts they’ve been made out to be!

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