Song of the Week: “Speak, See, Remember” by Pavement

You are listening to Pop” flashes the blue screen as I tune into Today’s Hits on DIRECTV®. I read it as a warning.

My return to Top 40 began by appeasing the children in my life – gettin’ down to lip-syncing acts in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, scanning the car radio for ONLY Maroon 5 numbers, dropping the ball with Justin Bieber & New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

Now I’m listening in the car, at home, even in the studio – and I’ve evolved from repulsion to embrace. Pop soothes my nervous system, makes me move, instills urgency and anticipation, and takes me out of my brain that is otherwise filled with planet destruction and societal ills.

Pop offers a shiny, sparkly respite from the critical. I sense there’s something to be learned from Pop’s seductiveness to carry into the unknown terrains of tomorrow – I’m just trying to feel, rather than think it out.

Let’s listen some reality from Pavement.

You know if we could we’d sell the air.

-Anne Beck

Anne Beck is an artist, curator, teacher, and papermaker. She lives in Northern California where she is founding director at Lost Coast Culture Machine, a contemporary art space & handmade paper mill focusing on interdisciplinary & sustainable creative practice. Her book STATE was published by Brooklyn Arts Press in 2008.

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