© Chelsey Fulbright
A thousand listens, a live show, a lyric inspired tattoo, and a few tears later, I can't believe it's been a year since the release of 'Bon Iver.' A life-changing album to say the least. I truly believe in the values and beliefs of Justin Vernon... I understand the intentions of his music, and he sung right to my heart and soul. Seriously, I get chills listening to this.. it not only brings me back to last summer and getting back into a serious relationship, but also finding myself. This album stuck with me through some of the darkest times of my life this year, too. It taught me more than any textbook could. 'Bon Iver' narrated my year, seasons and all. 'Towers' sung of fall ("For the love, comes the burning young..."), 'Holocene' made winter bearable ("And at once I knew I was not magnificent... I could see for miles, miles, miles..."), 'Wash' breathed life as spring took hold of the earth ("Climb is all we know, when thaw is not below us..."). And here we are, back at summer. 'Hinnom' sums it up perfectly: "Fall in, fall out, fall along." And of course, the most important song to me, 'Beth/Rest.' The inspiration for my tattoo, and the most perfect song to describe this time in my life.
"Heavy mitted love
Our love is a star
Sure some hazardry
For the light before
And after most indefinitely
Danger has been stole away
This is axiom."
It might seem asinine and frivolous to you, if you're even reading this, that I actually put so much effort and heart into something as simple as a musical record. But, in all honesty, I could care less. This, to me, is like your Bible verses, or your favorite book. It means too much to me to not praise it and express the outcome it's had on me. Heh, I've taken enough crap already for listening to this. "Wow, trying to be hipster?" "This makes me want to hang myself." "This sounds like war music." But it also meant more to me than anything in the world when, standing front row at the show, Cody leaned into me and whispered, "I think I get it now." It was perfect and I'll never forget that night.
I could go on for hours about Bon Iver, Justin Vernon, and this album... but I'll stop here. Side B just got done and I've already listened four times tonight. I think I'll put on For Emma, because now I'm really in the mood for more of Justin Vernon's magic.
It's John Prine good. Springsteen good. Harrison good. It's whatever you love most good. In my opinion, of course. I would suggest giving it a listen if you have not already. It's not for everyone, but it could change you like it changed me.