This TUNESDAY we’re puttting the spotlight to the people out there who are more fidgety than a fidget spinner. Yes, you right there who thinks that the tear is larger than it seems even though it’s barely a scratch. Are you the one who mourns about a joke that didn’t land on a party years ago? Maybe you’re the one who worries about the future constantly. As that old Temptations songs goes: “Well I guess you’d say, what can make me feel this way?” Anxiety. — by Rogin Warhol, art by Seamus Gallagher
The ‘ol big A that makes us relate to the wild scribbles that we often see on TV or the static of a channel that has no signal. There’s no easy way to say it or to describe it without sounding like a drama queen to someone who doesn’t have it. They’ll always think you’re just a worrier. But we all know that’s just the tip of an iceberg that’s worried about being too much of a bother. As media shows us during their filler musical episodes, a lot can be said through songs. And aren’t mixtapes the key to our souls?
Fidgeting ladies and nail biting gentlemen, we have the mixtape of different genres embodying some of the anxiety episodes you may have.
I’ll Be Fine by Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
This is everything we feel in a retro pop, Amy Winehouse esque track. It’s the calm before the storm. It also could be for people who are lying to themselves first and then eventually believing the lie. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you woke up in a less shitty day. Right? Maybe. We’re not sure yet and we don’t want to greet the possibility of a fuck up. But it doesn’t take an anxious person to know that sometimes shit just happens.
KEY LYRICS: “I’ll be fine. Yeah. Oh – Oh the good Lord knows. I left better behind, I’ll be fine!”
Something Is Not Right With Me by The Cold War Kids
With anxiety induced lyrics mixed in with a swarm of instruments colliding against each other, Cold War Kids has really outdone themselves on how to react when everything goes into shit. This is what plays in the background during the most embarrassing part in your life slideshow that plays in your head at night. This is the next panel after that meme with the dog drinking coffee while being surrounded by fire. It’s not fine. Nothing is okay! And isn’t acceptance and a breakdown the first steps to a better day? Erm, it really depends. Sometimes a bad day’s just a bad day.
KEY LYRICS: I tried to call you collect/ you said you would not accept/ Your friends are laughin’ cause nobody uses pay phones.
Wished by Sorry
If your cynical pick up line is: “I’m what the kids call a family disappointment,” then this one is for you! This is the song that plays in the background as you descend to your existential dread. If Gob from Arrested Development has The Sound of Silence. You have Wished because you are a sad art hoe that demands to be different. But it’s okay, we’ve been through days like this. It’s just a big pain in the A that the big A has come back once again.
Survival by Adult Mom
Family disappointment blues: The Sequel. If you don’t really dig the previous track or if you do, this will play afterwards. The slow acceptance of failure. The ebbing loneliness. Maybe it’s maybeline? As one Barbie-esque country drag queen once said: “Maybe it’s clinical depression.” These two go hand in hand after all.
KEY LYRICS: I don’t know if my mom loves me anymore/ She says that I am changing, I am not what she bargained for.
Pins by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Anxiety induced tracks has a sense of repetitiveness and punk energy in them. Lyrically, it embodies that sensation where thoughts are piling up and your uncertainty grows like a wet gremlin. This sensation is the most difficult part to describe to people. It’s drowning in a sea of thoughts, feeling like an actual pencil scribble on a mediocre cartoon you just watched. YYYs certainly captures that on this short track.
KEY LYRICS: Things are feeling thin/ Well I know, I know/ Lost my seat again/ Well I’ll go, I’ll go
This is the slow acceptance that everything’s going to be better. Accepting the part in your life that everything will be better eventually. This you after some breathing exercises. The apology to your love ones after a messy breakdown. The gold nugget in the end of the fidgety, crying rainbow.