2.28.2009

Neko Case - I Wish I Was The Moon Tonight



Neko Case possesses, without a doubt, my favorite female voice in music today. Maybe my favorite voice of all time. This track, "I Wish I Was The Moon Tonight", is amongst her best, and a personal go-to song for me. It's a heartbreaking song about loneliness and giving up on love. I've never decided exactly how to interpret the line:
"I'm so tired/ And I wish I was the moon tonight."

However, my best guess is that the moon always seems to be at peace. The heartache, stress, and other baggage that comes with falling in and out of love seems to run anathema to the quiet, serene peacefulness and constancy that is embodied by the moon. To be the moon is to have adopted a certain clarity and ease that is so often foreign to one that is prone to romantic whimsy and the ups and downs that come with it.

If ever you feel that your heart has been trampled on one too many times, or you've given up on ever finding a romantic counterpart, you could do worse than to put this song on. If for no other reason than to be reminded that someone as beautiful and talented as Neko Case is sitting right next to you in Eros's doghouse.

It came to mind tonight when I was reading the E.E. Cummings poem "I Carry Your Heart With Me", in which the best line states:
"and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant/
and whatever a sun will always sing is you"

And, as I read this line and thought of Neko's line, I had something of an a-ha moment. Or, at very least, I made a personal connection between the way that I interpreted each artist's use of moon as metaphor.

Cummings' poem is addressed to a lover and, though I've read it many times and been smitten with the above lines, I liked them more for their tone and sentiment than for actually knowing what they meant. In light of my new found insight, on both poem and song, my reading is that the moon represents a personal peace in each case. Peace out of love, because of it's soothing calm and tranquility. Peace in love, as one accepts that one's lover has taken the place of the moon, has become the moon and all that it represents, if you will.

And now, I don't think that I'll ever be able to mentally separate poem and song again.

P.S. - Neko's new album, Middle Cyclone, releases this Tuesday March 3rd. Since she's never put out anything that didn't sound divine (whether solo, or with this little side-project she's involved in called The New Pornographers, wink wink), I can quite comfortably tell you to run out and get this album at your earliest convenience. For now, the entire thing is streaming on NPR's website.


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