Monday, November 26, 2007

Bigger Than the Both of Us

From In the New Old-Fashioned Way

Human beings are the most complex living things alive on our planet. When two of them come together, especially in a loving, physical relationship, the result can only be more complex. And so that relationship becomes bigger than the sum of its parts, as this song discusses in its title and very straightforward lyrics about the bitter end of a relationship.

Even though this is far from my favorite Fluid Ounces song, it illustrates very well how the words and music of Fluid Ounces have impacted me. When I found this body of music, it seemed to express the way I was feeling thematically with words I hadn’t yet imagined and to massage thoughts I’d been thinking on my own (like the previous paragraph--whether I just filled in some blanks and interpreted it a certain way to suit me, I don’t know).

This is one of two tracks from In the New Old-Fashioned Way that I have never heard performed live, and so there is no recording to pass along.


Soymilk Revolution said...

without question my favorite fluid ounces song, and one of my very favoritest (yes, favoritest) songs of all time. the best work of a lyrical genius and a very lovely tune/performance all around. didn't connect w/ me for a long time, but i really heard it at a pivotal moment in my life and it's never left me since.

Anonymous said...

If I recall correctly, we did play this for a while in the 98-99 era of Fl Oz. The song slowly phased itself at of our live set as time passed and certain wounds, I suppose, were healed.

Kerriffic said...

this isn't one of my favorites but has a place in the flow on New-Old Fashioned. Its just your average break up song...only this time its the true end. strange how Go Lucky is the very next song? (refer to the previous blog on Go Lucky).

Juan Horsetown said...

I could go on and on about how I don't like this one, but I'm actually more OK with it after listening to it to write this blog.

I almost invited Soymilk to guest blog about this one since I knew he'd have something to say about it.

Soymilk Revolution said...

man, i'm flattered, but for what it's worth this song will get its due turn on my own blog eventually. i really gotta get back to cranking those out...

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