I’ve reached the century mark as far as choices in this project – and have been working on this for over a year. Next time my girlfriend questions my commitment, I can point to this as proof otherwise. (She doesn’t really do that, honestly.) Catch up on my 98 other choices over here if you need to, and then read on:
This is one of those choices that seems so painfully obvious now that I’m putting it on here – because it should have honestly been included far earlier. I’ve been in love with this song since I first heard it’s twee-handclaps and folk-style strumming. How could anyone not be? It’s honest, direct, and kitten-cute about the growing of a relationship. We should all aspire to be as happy with our significant others as this song is.
I read somewhere that the US Army used “Babylon” as a method of torture on suspected terrorists. (I can’t find the article right now, so if you can, please put the link in the comments.) And while that doesn’t diminish my personal enjoyment of the song, it certainly puts it into a weird perspective.
I remember the very first time I heard “Babylon;” it was late after work one summer night in July of 1999, and it came on the radio to carry me home. When I hear it now, I still get that same feeling of solitude – and the same swell of calm that I attribute to it. Staring the start of my twenties directly in the face, and not knowing what the fuck would become of me, I took a lot of comfort in this one – despite the fact that some consider it torturous.