For some crazy reason, I find myself awake every day at @ 5:30am. This is tough when I am a total night owl. When I glance at the bright red digital numbers, it is (more often than not) exactly 5:38. Feeling restless and tired, I don’t like to open my eyes hoping that darkness will help me sleep another hour or two. I fool myself into believing that if my eyes are closed, it is a healthy rest and good for my weary body.
As much as I try to force sleep to return, my mind drifts to the images that just passed through me, while I was sleeping. I wonder about them and go over them. either willing a “tied up with a bow” conclusion or a changing of direction altogether. Some are curious dreams which take place on dangerous scenic cliffs over a lovely roaring ocean. Nerve wracking and a little frightening, these dreams are remarkably appealing too. I wish I understood the significance of these complex and quite realistic stories in my mind. Generally, I am not really scared, but I do find myself respecting the danger that could take place at any moment.
This song, “Wide Awake”, seems to make a meaningful connection to the puzzle that is my mind. J Mascis is the singer and guitarist for Dinosaur Jr. and will release a solo album, Tied to a Star, on August 25th. His distinctive raspy voice glues me to the songs he sings. Although he is known for decades of guitar shredding, this song (and album) is much quieter than the other albums he has released with Dinosaur Jr. There is a raw simplicity to this tune as well as throughout Tied to a Star.
Listen and thank your lucky stars, if J. Mascis, (despite the mantra wide awake) has you suddenly feeling rested and refreshed. I know I do.
Don’t miss him live. Get your tickets before they are gone.
J Mascis 2014 Tour Dates:
09/24 – Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
09/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
09/26 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
09/27 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
09/28 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
09/30 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
10/01 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
10/02 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
10/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
10/04 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
10/05 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
10/07 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
10/08 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
10/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
10/10 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
10/11 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/13 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
10/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
10/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
10/16 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10/17 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/18 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
11/07-09 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
11/12 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
11/13 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
11/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/16 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu
11/19 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
11/20 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
11/21-22 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge