“I Get Along Without You Very Well” by Chet Baker

This song first came into my life while watching the fourth season of HBO’s Girls. I recognized the name of the artist from the recently popular singer Chet Faker, who’s parody name could anger anyone over the age of sixty. I wanted to listen to the song without interruption because it overlay an ending scene in the show that revealed a moment of power for the main character, Hannah. So, immediately after the credits started rolling, I put the next episode on pause and plugged in my headphones. I was so intrigued by the first impression that I gathered from the song and I wanted to hear it in its entirety. Away I went.

The listening process began with me sitting down in my bed for five seconds and then suddenly springing to action and standing up. I wanted to move. I wanted to dance. I wanted to not only hear this song, but to be a part of the art. I rose with promptness to create a different dimension to the song and was taken to the imaginary stage in my mind. I was physically alone in my room but mentally, I was performing for millions of people. This is usually where songs take me.

As I was kidnapped into the world of Chet Baker, my movements were calm and subtle. Something I haven’t played with in awhile. I felt comfortable and safe to use my body however it went. It wasn’t actually planned by me, but planned by the rhythms that Chet uses. I have experienced improv dancing before, but never truly in this way. It was as if my connection to the music had grown to a new level. A sort of second base… How intimate… 🙂

The emotional energy I experienced had surprised me and it caught me off guard after the song was completed. I happened to be holding a water bottle at the time, thus my biological thirst was being quenched as well as my creative thirst.

Also, the irony of the song is incredibly well executed. His vocals poetically declare statements but the context is so much more available for the audience. One of my favourite lines is when he talks about “someones laugh that is the same” because it truly exemplifies how sad the tune really is. Chet sings his feelings with a fake confidence about his lover and when listening, the audience is tricked ever so slightly.

Never have I heard a song that encompasses a melancholic train ride so perfectly.

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