its like your soul feels almost outside your body, your so light gravity ceases to exist and alls right in the world if only for one gorgeous moment.....
This song means absolutely every thing to me. l wouldn't be the same if i hadn't come across it. It changed me r the better, and when listening to it for the first time, i truly felt like i was not alone, and i never really had been. The universe and God are always with me, and so are my memories, and those people who smile at me at the store, and the sweet feelings they evoke,and my dog from when i was 5, and so on. I felt like I didn't have to be sad, and i didn't have to be afraid, but if and when i felt those emotions, it was okay to just feel them. I could go on forever about this song. It was my only companion for a very long time and is very dear to me.
Without going into too much detail, one of my closest friends and I went to some deep, dark places when we were in high school (4 ish years ago for me now) because we naively took too many drugs too frequently. One things that basically kept us anchored to reality was the song Banshee Beat. I played it almost every time we went to our dark place because there was something about it that made us forget everything bad; we could just sit back and listen to the harmonies build and truly appreciate it for what it is (I like to think). I think about what my friend and I went through almost every day still, and I even got a tattoo about the experience. Today though, some stuff sent me back to that place. More than just thinking about it. I feel like I'm feeling all the feelings I felt when I was in that place and I listened to Banshee Beat and couldn't help but cry, both because of my connection to it, and because it's such an emotional song to begin with. I guess the purpose of this thread is to get some stuff off my chest to fellow Animal Collective fans who can hopefully understand where I'm coming from, and also to see if anyone else has some sort of deep connection to this song as well, or any other Animal Collective song/album. Personally, the entire Feels album has this connection for me because I played a lot of it through this point in my life. To this day, most songs on Feels bring back a flood of emotion and make me want to cry while sending me down a weird, emotional, yet comforting mental spiral. It's almost like a paradox because it's one of my most favorite albums by any band, yet I can hardly listen to it because of the emotion I have connected to it. It's too much for me to listen to Feels at most points in my day-to-day life.
I love how as soon as it's over, they're talking to each other. I don't know I just feel like there's love there. And like the music just makes it more beautiful love. I want to find that oh so badly. The love that I sense, not necessarily what is visible although I certainly would like to find that too.
Ursula K. Le Guin said that we don't just naturally know how to create our destinies. It takes research and hard work. "All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them," she wrote. "We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don't, our lives get made up for us by other people."