A friend just had me thinking about my favorite songs about New York, which works well for my new blog feature, Get More NYC. As I sent over my list, which in fact is mostly made up of music from a CD my sister, Katie, made for me when I moved to New York (seriously, how great is she?!), I also starred my favorites and I couldn’t help but star this next one 3 times.
This particular song, “I and Love and You” by The Avett Brothers, was actually introduced to me by a former gentleman friend of mine who also gave me some great CDs. I don’t think I’ve ever skipped this song or even just listened to half and then moved on to the next, which is rare for me since I have a very short attention span. It is just so dang beautiful and speaks to me on a few levels:
(1) On being in a funk (which is the level that applies to me most right now). “One foot in and one foot back, it don’t pay to live like that” – like go big or go home, girl. Get working on all the projects you want to do and stop procrastinating and overthinking everything. Just do it, pack your bags and head forward in life.
(2) On being able to give up on something if you’re not feeling it. If you can’t say those three words, “I and Love and You,” and don’t think you’ll ever be able to, don’t sweat it. Don’t waste anyone’s time and don’t let anyone waste yours. This can be applied to relationships, but also with anything that you’re putting energy into that you are not feeling 100%.
(3) On letting New York TAKE YOU IN. And my plans on visiting Brooklyn a lot more this summer.
Oh Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in.
Are you aware the shape I’m in?
My hands they shake, my head it spins.
Oh, Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in.