Be Calm - fun.
…all the treetops turning red
the beggars near bodegas grin at me
I think they want something
I close my eyes, I tell myself to breathe
and be calm.
I know you feel like you are breaking down.
I know that it gets so hard sometimes.
I’ve taken to listening to this song at least twice before leaving the house each day. It’s basically perfect for someone like me - an energetic and rousing song urging calmness; an anxious plea to the animal brain to stay grounded, centered; a seemingly simple exhortation dressed up as an anthemic sing-a-long. And, god, the musicality of it all! The energy of this up-close small crowd performance! The way the song builds itself into itself—piece by interesting, anxious piece—until you’re left with a nearly overwhelming melodic tapestry of words that pushes itself ever onward, propelled by its narrative fuel, its gently loud and loving reminder: BE CALM.