Renewal Through Music: Sufjan Stevens, The Staves

Awhile back, I wrote a post called “Renewal Through Reading: Anais Nin.” In it, I shared some quotes from one of my all-time favorite authors I turn to when I need to hear some raw yet refined truth. Today, I felt a tugging urge to share a “musical renewal” version after being overwhelmed by a beautiful song.

You know when a sound and a lyric work together to hit you with a force you didn’t see coming? A beauty that washes over you and eases the mind from all other clutter. All you hear is the feeling and all you feel is the meaning.

That kind of beauty hit me today when I revisited one of my favorite covers by The Staves I discovered through the documentary, Austin to Boston (available on Netflix). The Staves. Ugh. These three women are the kind of girls you want to be, be best friends with and marry all at the same time. Not only are they are all stunningly gorgeous and elegant with that enviable bit of indie/alternative/off-beat cool but their voices, in unison, are devastatingly soothing and ethereal. They lull you to beautiful places. Combine that with the lyrics of Sufjan Steven’s classic, “Chicago”, and you have one magical combination.

In case you are in the need of a short break and some soul-lifting tunes, give this a listen, and take a look at the lyrics; their simplicity is what makes them so perfect.

This line, in particular, kills me:

I made a lot of mistakes
In my mind, in my mind

Enough of my ramblings, on to the music:

Chicago

I fell in love again
All things go, all things go
Drove to Chicago
All things know, all things know
We sold our clothes to the state
I don’t mind, I don’t mind
I made a lot of mistakes
In my mind, in my mind
 ~
You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our mindset
All things know, all things know
You had to find it
All things go, all things go
 ~
I drove to New York
In a van with my friend
We slept in parking lots
I don’t mind, I don’t mind
I was in love with the place
In my mind, in my mind
I made a lot of mistakes
In my mind, in my mind
~
You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our mindset
All things know, all things know
You had to find it
All things go, all things go
 ~
If I was crying
In the van with my friend
It was for freedom
From myself and from the land
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes
 ~
You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our mindset
All things know, all things know
You had to find it
All things go, all things goYou came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our mindset (I made a lot of mistakes)
All things know, all things know (I made a lot of mistakes)
You had to find it (I made a lot of mistakes)
All things go, all things go (I made a lot of mistakes)

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