Thursday, August 29, 2013

Listen | Neko Case - Nearly Midnight, Honolulu

Photo by Emily Shur

Well I just want to say that it happened
'cause one day when you ask yourself, "did it really happen?"
You won’t believe it, but yes it did
and I’m sorry

Let's talk about Neko Case, and her new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, which will be released on September 3rd via Anti-. Perhaps its most emotional song is the sixth track, "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu." Here's what Case told Consequence of Sound about its context:

“That song is a verbatim conversation I heard,” Case says. “You can survive and you’re an awesome, plucky little kid, but you have to take care of yourself because your mom’s a fucking asshole, but you’re gonna have to pay for that later; the fact that you can turn around and start singing again, you’re gonna pay for that later, also. It’s really fucking unfair.”

Interesting, to say the least. Anyone have any thoughts? Have a listen below.

Neko Case will be at The Pageant on October 20th. Tickets are now on sale.



3 comments:

  1. While no one's parents are perfect, that song could have been my mother and me on any given day. In fact, that was us more days than not. Every word of the song breaks my heart and rings so true. Especially the parts of doubting your own memory and people not believing you [or at least defending her.] The impact of her actions, until recently, has always been diminished by, "yeah, but she IS your mom...." WTH difference does THAT make?

    Finally, this: "You can survive and you’re an awesome, plucky little kid, but you have to take care of yourself because your mom’s a fucking asshole, but you’re gonna have to pay for that later; the fact that you can turn around and start singing again, you’re gonna pay for that later, also. It’s really fucking unfair."

    At 43, I'm no longer filled with confusion and have finally stopped trying to win her love or decency. I'm now surrounded by a family of choice that loves and supports me unconditionally, but the price of taking care of myself, teaching myself to be a happy and balanced person and the game of catch-up I have had to play my entire life, both in monetary terms [therapy] and relationships ruined is astonishing sometimes.

    Ms. Case calls it with zero hyperbole. She's spot on.

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  2. Thanks for posting that, Frisbee Girl. That is precisely why this blog exists -- to discuss music, and how it affects our lives, and how it makes us think. Much love to you.
    Jason

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  3. It's not NECESSARILY a terrible thing for a parent to say to a child. Perhaps the mother was just having a bad day. We don't know the whole parental context, and it's possible she is overall a great mother. I feel there is potentially something self-righteous about this lyric. However, I wasn't there to witness the scene Neko did and she may have detected a vibe that bespoke a genuinely longrunning abuse or neglect. But on the same token, Neko is/was not there to confirm that, really, via a longer study of the parental dynamic.

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