Song of the Week: “Dieses Jahr” by Tocotronic

The lyrics to this lo-fi German song are few. They read like a scrawled diary, wistfully observing that the seasons revolve in an endless, disorienting loop. One year can seem so very long. On a November morning, the ripple of guitar and bursts of muted cymbals reflect the whisper of the snow. Listening, I thought of everything that tendered this moment. Leaving Berlin and moving to New York to start life over again, again.  This yearning punctuated by a ride cymbal, ringing like sleigh bells. Tocotronic’s wit often dwells in disappointment- the monotony of adulthood and time’s bruising of our hopeful imaginations.  “Dieses Jahr” gazes out of a window, recalls a mysterious source of unhappiness, and culminates in a plaintive recitation of the months of the year. Sesame Street gone south.  By the time we reach December, pronounced with such impassioned longing, I can’t help thinking of my life story and pressing “replay.”

-Heather Morgan

Heather Morgan, painter and bon vivant, completed her MFA in painting at Yale. She spent five years in East Berlin cultivating fluency in German and exhibiting at one of Berlin’s oldest galleries. Morgan will be publishing a book of recent work with Brooklyn Arts Press in 2013. She currently lives in Brooklyn. www.starboy.org.

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