Kickstart: Glen Hansard

I took a mental health day from work today, because I really needed one. I wasn’t going to make any plans, but then a friend I haven’t seen in a while invited me over to see her and her new baby, so of course I was all over that. But then those plans fell through, and it’s just one more example of how this month is full of Fail. (I’m not upset with my friend, I’m just upset, period, and wishing this period of “nothing will ever go quite right” would be over already.)

So things that make me happy, in general, include the music of Glen Hansard in all it’s incarnations. As the frontman for The Frames and one-half of the Swell Season (until they roped in the rest of the Frames for their last album, that is), the music captures the ups and downs of life in beautiful melodies and heart-wrenching turns of phrase. He’s putting out a solo album in June, and the first single is called “Philander.”

While it may not be something to get you up and dancing around on a Monday morning, its somber, dark tone matches my mood at this moment in time, so I’m going with it.

And then, when I’ve had my five-minute sulk, I’ll listen to this cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and all will be right again. For a time, anyway.

Hope your Monday is treating you well.

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