Here’s a song I’ve thought of posting a few times before.
Esthero’s “Country Living (The World I Know)” from the album Breath from Another (1998) is a song our oldest lad used to play on the stereo when he was living with us around the year 2000. I’ve always liked the vibe of it. Back then, I think he was still into a lot of grunge and industrial bands, but we had some common musical interests. (He was the one who introduced me to Arcade Fire, soon after they released their breakout album, Funeral. He bought the CD on a visit to Winnipeg, and the sound hooked me immediately. Another of our boys later bought me vinyl copies of Funeral and Neon Bible. But I digress…)
The name Esthero refers to both the singer-songwriter and the duo she once belonged to. It is also a portmanteau of “Esther the Hero,” referring to a character who, in the film made of Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar, says, “If I am to be the hero, then I cannot fly from darkness.”
That movie line reminds me of those who do the toughest work, under often unimaginable conditions. People like frontline health-care workers and emergency responders. These are folks who, like military and ex-military service women and men, are living and reliving trauma, daily. A dear friend in California dedicates much of his time to helping Veterans and first responders heal from their unseen wounds, and I have such deep admiration for him and his labours of love. And as I think of it, the title of today’s selection is serendipitous as this friend is livin’ in the country, on a ranch. I hope to travel there to visit, someday. Like so many hopes for visiting our many new friends in “life after COVID-19.”
Born in Canada as Jenny-Bea Englishman, Esthero now lives in Los Angeles, California. I don’t know much more about her and have never followed her musical career, but I like hearing this song from time to time.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio which, strangely, is the sole video on Esthero’s official YouTube channel: