I’m walking down this paved road in the park, and surrounding me with every step are these giant trees with branches that stretch over the paved road. As I walk I feel little patches of sunlight hitting, and I can’t help but think how beautiful this whole scene is. Playing in the background is “For You Too” by Yo La Tengo, and every single thing seems so much more beautiful than 20 seconds ago when this song wasn’t playing. I promise that I never thought I could appreciate a blue sky more than I did today; I could’ve stared at it for hours, while listening to this song. There are no gimmicks in the song, no intricate guitar solo or complicated drum fill, but there’s this layered echo that’s constant throughout the song. The sound is created by what sounds like a loop of guitars interweaving this beautiful melody and Ira Kaplan’s magnetic singing; it feels like a lullaby, but instead of falling asleep I want to look at every person, flower, tree, [insert inanimate object] and just admire it. I can’t even think while listening to this song; it feels like meditation, and all I can do is smile like an idiot as I walk through the park.
If you have the chance please head outside and listen to Yo La Tengo’s latest album, “There’s a Riot Going On”.