The Best Song in the World


Skinny Love—Bon Iver
December 15, 2008, 8:48 am
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This pretty awesome blog gave me tip-off to Bon Iver (which is greatly appreciated, awesome blog!) For a week, I’ve listened to this album non-stop, and Skinny Love is easily the best song in the world.

Apparently Bon Iver/ Justin Vernon locked himself up in some shack in the boonies and then came out with this album. When I imagine that, it’s like he and all these songs were locked in a fighting cage, circling each other, both sort of frothy and googly-eyed. Either Justin would tame them into a brilliant, heart-breaking package or the songs would come out triumphant, Justin a limp, music-less skin bag. Bets were made, cheers were shouted, and eventually people just sat quietly, exhausted, waiting to see who would pass out first. Anyway, Bon Iver won! which is pretty good because I don’t know what the songs would’ve done with his lifeless body in the middle of the Pennsylvania woods. Something we don’t even have to think about.

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Peacemaker Training Institute Song—PTI 2008
December 12, 2008, 9:14 am
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Please note that because I had to upload this from my computer, it takes a while to load. If you press play now, it hopefully will be ready to go by the time you’re done reading. Sorry!

I help lead these weeklong trainings for youth on nonviolence, anti-oppression and other good stuff called the Peacemaker Training Institute. (So does my good buddy at Big Heart Videos—there are some mind-blowing folks who go through PTI). There’s a semi-arts focus, and at the last PTI, two of the staff members wrote this song and performed it with musicians at the end.

It had been a really hard week. The group had gone up and down, clashed, loved, snuggled, separated, cried . . . and here we were, at the end of the week, at our culmination art piece envisioning the world we wanted to live in. The unscripted instrumental introduction was so perfect—it was if you could see that silent thread sewn between all ten or so artists, lifting and beating them like a giant heart. The rest of us were mesmerized, quite literally. There was not a single shift or blink. The song unfolded, and it was so exactly what we all needed to hear, and what we, I think, in general, all need to hear. Stunning. At the end we all cheered and clapped and cried so hard. There was no audience and performers at the end, it was just all of us, cheering for ourselves and each other. It was absolutely, hands-down the best song in the world.

The magic of that couldn’t (and probably shouldn’t) be captured, but later, we all crammed into a small hallway and sang to a laptop to record it. Have a listen.

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Because the lyrics are so f-ing great (but also hard to hear), I’ve reprinted them here.
Written by Brie P. and Jaime H..

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