Week 4 // Katydid

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Mount Everest - Katydid

Featured Performers:
Nick Mastors
Jesse Mitchell Lindsey
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You are alive
You are alive
And you’re convinced it never ends
You’ll never die
And all your creditors
And your competitors
Will age and fail and slip away
And you’ll survive

And you’re alone
You are alone
All of your life you’ve held the seeds
You could have sown
And you’re not suffering
It isn’t frightening
It isn’t anything

How you’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Eat your heart out
Eat your heart
You’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Reach your heart out
Reach

And you’re not there
You’re never there
And you’re amazed the absentee’s your nom de guerre
And your acquaintances
And your accomplices
All wonder when and where you’ll choose to reappear

And on your own
You’ll never know
The way your heart can break and mend and overflow
You are not suffering
It isn’t frighting
It isn’t anything

How you’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Eat your heart out
Eat your heart
You’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Reach your heart out
Reach

Look again
Look again
You can eat your heart out
You’ve been busy in your secret hide out
You’ve got some new friends
They can be the lookout
Keeping all the secrets in their secret hideout
Look again
Look again
You can see the stars out
1-2-3-4 eat your heart out

How you’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Eat your heart out
Eat your heart
You’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Reach your heart out
Reach


Notes:
Moons ago, before this website, Nick and I once played in a band called Lightning Bug with several wonderful friends. We played shows in the city of Philadelphia, and lived, recorded, and practiced all together all of the time. Perhaps that is why, when Nick and I got together in our native homeland of New England, and began to write music together once again, one of the first tracks we began work on was named after an insect – much like our dearly departed band. The name Katydid preceded the lyrical content of the song. In fact, nearly every song Mount Everest writes begins with a non sequitur working title that almost always evaporates before the song sees the light of day. In this rare instance, the name had much more staying power than usual, and although this song has nothing to do with insects, perhaps it is a thematically entomological homage to our late band which we loved so well.

A little more than a year ago I was afflicted with a vocal injury that had lasted for the better part of a year. It kept me from doing this sort of thing, and often made even simple conversations difficult. In the end, only a surgical procedure could restore my voice. The procedure was a success, but in the midst of my time spent with my injury I become frustrated with life, my bad luck, and my own sense of powerlessness over my situation. In my frustration I withdrew from a great many relationships in my life and became somewhat of an enigma to certain people, some of whom I regret to say I hurt. That is what this song is about. It is about being the enigma. It is about wanting to reach out but not knowing how. It is about trying to go it alone and realizing that not only is that impossible, but it’s reckless.

On a separate note: in the process of writing this song, Nick and I got into a spectacular argument! It made us miss the old days when there were multiple tie-breaking votes to dictate the outcome of our creative disagreements. Perhaps that is why the song still bears its insectoid moniker: to remind us of our past so we’ll remember that we’ve been getting along at this for a pretty long time.

Here’s hoping your Monday doesn’t totally suck.

~Jesse

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7 thoughts on “Week 4 // Katydid

  1. Digging it man. It’s got a real simple movement to it instrumentally and I like the lyrics and how you sing them in a individual rhythm that adds to the flow of the whole song. It definitely conveys that feeling of loneliness, and knowing that something needs to change in you but not being able to find it with in. Very frustrating.

  2. Zach, thanks for all your comments! Way too long since we’ve been in touch. I hope metaphysical business school is the best! (I hope that isn’t an offensive misunderstanding of your program!) Shoot me an email and tell me all about it!

  3. Jesse,
    This song is really great! The feeling that it conveys is very real, one that many people have experienced. I think it is really cool how you have become a digital drummer. I really like the lightness of the drums against the punchiness of the bass. The bass in the foreground give you this infliction of pain while the guitar and drums project the insecurity of being an enigma. I also get the feeling that this song would be perfect for listened to with a snowy back round.

    • Thanks G-flash. Gotta give Nickey the credit for the drums on this one! I appreciate such a thoughtful comment. Cool to know they can hear Mt. Everest in Hawaii!

  4. Just wanted to say my thanks to all of you who’ve been listening and enjoying. I hope all of you are safe, healthy, prosperous, sane, insane, and happy.

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