Stand here and name the one you loved
Beneath the drifting ashes
And, in naming, rise above time
As it, flashing, passes
For some reason, Joanna Newsom is just outside the frame, behind the harp, but that doesn't so much matter. I love the way the song keeps both reinventing itself and returning to what's been left behind. I love the way it uses disjunction--hear it break from one key to the other, one time signature to the next--to get the work done. Animation, inspiration, and the unseen: all here, as if coming from someplace wilder than Joanna Newsom, which is probably why I keep coming back to this song.