“Wake and Be Fine” – Okkervil River
Okkervil River wins my heart at the instrumental bridge at the 1:46 mark. I’m out of my seat, twirling around the room, pretending I’m both a rockstar and a ballerina at the same time. This song came at the perfect time. After a long, tiresome day, I came home, plopped onto the couch, fell asleep, woke up at 9:30 PM, and was reminded by Okkervil River that I, Lydia, have “still got time to wake and be fine.” Forget today and the cranky mood it put me into; I’ve got to remember my own motto that I preached on this last Straight Talk Sunday: life is short, live it with a smile.
ALSO! I feel as though the last line of this song is reminiscent of the last line of The Great Gatsby. Have you read that book? Yes? Good. No? Read it. The last line is epic. And so it is in this song, when Okkervil River tell us “our hearts are crashing loudly on some rock where the gulls whine, ‘Wake and be fine.’” Credit to Pigeons and Planes.