Music and Political Inspiration – Laurel

For this week’s blog post I chose Ben Howard as my artist.  He is an English songwriter, musician and composer and the song I chose “Keep Your Head Up” was released in 2011.

I spent my time, watching
The spaces that have grown between us
And I cut my mind on second best
Oh the scars that come with the greenness
And I gave my eyes to the boredom
Still the seabed wouldn’t let me in
And I try my best to embrace the darkness
In which I swim

Now walking back, down this mountain
The strength of a turnin’ tide
Oh the wind so soft, and my skin
Yeah the sun so hot upon my side
Oh lookin’ out at this happiness
I searched for between the sheets
Oh feelin’ blind, I realize
All I was searchin’ for, was me
Oh oh-oh, all I was searchin’ for was me

Oh yeah, keep your head up, keep your heart strong

When I was listening to this song I was driving to back from Mount Shasta to Sacramento with a friend after not completing a summit on a difficult climb.  I couldn’t help but think that these adventure packed snow travel on mountains might be nearing an end due to Climate Change.  I was already feeling a little discouraged about not reaching a summit from wild weather, but the feeling that I might not be able to always come back because of global warming was difficult to think about.  Even though I feel pretty hesitant and have a more pessimistic approach that climate change will end – this song reminded me of the hopefulness in finding yourself in nature.  

The social context of this song doesn’t have to do with nature, pretty sure it has to do with a person and a breakup.  But the values of finding yourself and the effect nature has on your processing skills mentally are tremendous in this song I think.  I personally feel connection with that, since nature has always helped me process anything.  Ben Howard used relaxing acoustic guitar and clear lyrics to communicate his feelings of hope in future.



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