For obvious reasons this week’s 3 Songs Thursday: The White Stripes
This isn’t my “final ode to the band” yet. I’ll write that in a few days when I have time.
I can’t pick 3 songs of theirs because that would be like having to pick a favorite child. But I have featured 5 of their songs in previous weeks, so I’ll copy and paste 3 song selections of past weeks that I think are relevant.
1. Week Theme: “I am thankful for these 3 songs (Thanksgiving)”
“Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” by The White Stripes
I was hooked with “Fell in Love with a Girl” and “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” solidified my love for The White Stripes. I can’t explain what attracted me to them. I think it was just meant to be. They got me through my awkward teen years at 13 years old. They might have alienated me from other teens since I was the only person at school who liked The White Stripes, but I am grateful for that. It made life more interesting.
2. Week Theme: “Up to bat songs”
“Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes
The guitar riff at 2:00 minutes. 2:20. Life changing. And in the music video, I love it when Jack points to Detroit like a true Michigander.
3. Last week’s Theme: “Catharsis inducing songs”
I hope this edition of 3 Song Thursdays isn’t depressing. I think catharses are transformational and beautiful. Sandra Oh has done 3 of them beautifully in Grey’s Anatomy.
Winter break was weird. Throughout all of break, I felt like I needed a catharsis. To be able to start new or something. But I was in a strange limbo. My mind wanted the catharsis, but my body didn’t.
“I’m Bound To Pack It Up” by The White Stripes
I used to listen to this song when I was 14 and think that it was so tragic. Why would he leave her (I always overlooked “The feelings that you have for me, have gone away it’s plain to see”)? Why are there a hundred people running away too? Cowards. I also thought that Tom Wingfield was selfish for leaving his family. But as I grow up, I see that sometimes it’s necessary.
I picked a grey double decker bus for the picture because I remember reading an interview of Jack White by a 5 year old boy. He asked Jack what color the bus is in “I’m Bound To Pack It Up” and Jack said grey. And the double decker bus reminds me of the “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” music video.
Moral of the story: The White Stripes have always given me what I needed.
Especially last week’s entry. I realized last week that sometimes people have to leave. ”But as I grow up, I see that sometimes it’s necessary.”
I was looking for a catharsis. A new start. And they gave that to me.
Next week: Musicians that “retired” (featuring Frank Sinatra, Jay-Z, and Cher)