A Song I’m Loving Now – Life Before Aesthetics


Life Before Aesthetics ~ Denison Witmer (right click the song title and Save As to download)

This is actually a song I’ve been loving for quite some time, but considering my current living arrangements, it certainly strikes home.  I won’t normally post someone else’s words here (unless I’m quoting them), but this song is a catchy tune with words worth reading:

I’ve got more important things
Than shiny diamond rings
And modern furniture


Life before aesthetics was

A nail hole in a wall
A borrowed comforter

Now I wait until the sound
As if I never drowned in my addition
I’m not saying that it’s right
But waking through the night I felt it coming

And it crossed my heart
When did all this start
Stand together, fall apart
And it crossed my heart

Hear the oceans as they sing
The mountains and the spring
And all it means to me

Life before aesthetics is
A mindset that imparts impossibilities

Still I waste the chance to give
As if I’ve never lived throughout deletion
I’m not telling you it’s right
But waking through the night
I felt it happen

And it crossed my heart
When did all this start
Fall together, stand apart
And it crossed my heart

And it crossed my heart
I’ve got more important things
Than shiny diamond rings
And modern furniture.

When did all this start
Life before aesthetics was
A nail hole in a wall
A borrowed comforter

Stand together, fall apart
Hear the oceans as they sing
The mountains and the spring
And all it means to me

And it crossed my heart
Life before aesthetics is
A mindset that imparts impossibilities

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I don’t have a lot to add to the song, the words are pretty clear, I think.  The need for things always seems to overwhelm our original happiness.  Another underlying message is how we become less giving the more we have.  We cling to our gold.  Whether you’re Christian, Atheist, Buddhist, Pastafarian or one of those weird religions, I think devotion to ‘stuff’ should be questioned.

People ask me how I can move my stuff so much and I tell them, I don’t really own much.  DVDs, books, a laptop and my clothes.  Everything else I just pick up when I arrive.  There’s a lot of lip service paid to my lifestyle, “Oh, I wish I could do that, but I’m such a pack-rat” sorts of statements.  So be it.

I think Tyler Durden had something to say about the things we own.

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