A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius.

That's a book I read once, what a title.
I was drawn to the audacity of it, and it held up pretty well.

I'd like to point you towards a heartbreaking work, of genius of some sort.

An old friend, occasional nemesis, made an album called Fuck Work.
He recorded nearly every instrument himself, with occasional guests.
It reminds me of everything I love about a great Weezer song.

you can listen here for free:
http://theunemployedmisfortune.bandcamp.com/releases

I haven't spoken to him or heard from him in years, we never got very close, I just admired his work from an arm's length.
I have no idea what he's up to now, he made this album years ago, and we fell out of touch.
My ex-ex-ex girlfriend used to play drums with him for live shows, he was the drummer on his recordings.
You can hear her voice on the "Love is Strange" cover.

There's the heartbreaking part.
Relationships come and go and pass and move through us as we pass and move through life.
But certain smells, sounds, sights, tastes, and feelings put us immediately back.
But we're not back, we're here in the present, those moments are forever behind us.
Those choices made, those forks navigated in one direction or another.

I think the feeling of heartbreak comes when your heart reaches backwards, trying to grasp onto something from your past, while your body stays in the present.
That stretch, it aches.

I try not to fight it, because I can't.
So I let it pass, as all things do.
Sometimes the worst feelings in the world feel like they will last forever.
They won't.
As we bend like little trees, or fall like great old oaks, new things grow around all our choices.
Every moment spent lamenting the past, can instead be a moment spent enjoying the beauty of right now.

-np




 

11 comments

  • Gabriel

    Gabriel UK

    Aw, that was a lovely blog, Pete. Very thoughtfully written!

    Aw, that was a lovely blog, Pete. Very thoughtfully written!

  • Jack

    Jack England

    Couldn't have worded it better myself. Your monday show, and your picture songs helped me through a pretty bad breakup, and it's been a pleasure to watch you become as talented, and as well known as you are today. Thank you, Peter.

    Couldn't have worded it better myself.
    Your monday show, and your picture songs helped me through a pretty bad breakup, and it's been a pleasure to watch you become as talented, and as well known as you are today.

    Thank you, Peter.

  • Jeremy

    Jeremy Los Angeles, California

    This is beautiful. Your Monday Show helped me past a bad heartbreak....thank you.

    This is beautiful. Your Monday Show helped me past a bad heartbreak....thank you.

  • Momo

    Momo

    Wow. This is so inspirational...I just broke up with Jeremy, my boyfriend.

    Wow. This is so inspirational...I just broke up with Jeremy, my boyfriend.

  • Charli

    Charli

    This was beautifully written. There's something to be said about a gentle-man. (See what I did there? Haha) what you just wrote was penetrative and let's us as your fans see an engaging and very human side to you. Plus, you've shown that without the pain of the old, we can't enjoy the beguiling moments we are handed in the present.

    This was beautifully written. There's something to be said about a gentle-man. (See what I did there? Haha) what you just wrote was penetrative and let's us as your fans see an engaging and very human side to you. Plus, you've shown that without the pain of the old, we can't enjoy the beguiling moments we are handed in the present.

  • Taylor Swarbrick

    Taylor Swarbrick New Zealand

    wow, it is very interesting watching your thought progression change, I have loved ERB for a long time but just recently started watching some of your videos on you tube for nice peter too (love the Monday show even though I'm about 4 years to late) and I have to say you're brilliant, you make people laugh, you appreciate people and come across very humble. I cant forget you're also hilarious. I just wanted to thank you for you dedication to the things you love it's inspirational.

    wow,
    it is very interesting watching your thought progression change, I have loved ERB for a long time but just recently started watching some of your videos on you tube for nice peter too (love the Monday show even though I'm about 4 years to late) and I have to say you're brilliant, you make people laugh, you appreciate people and come across very humble. I cant forget you're also hilarious. I just wanted to thank you for you dedication to the things you love it's inspirational.

  • Brooke

    Brooke Australia

    Really needed to hear that. Lovely words Thank you Nice Peter

    Really needed to hear that. Lovely words Thank you Nice Peter

  • Rick C. S.

    Rick C. S. Lincoln

    My wife introduced me to ERB. Lots of fun. Interesting book title for sure. Dealing with change is difficult for most. Friendships are not easily attained, true friendship that is. Thanks for your review. Rick

    My wife introduced me to ERB. Lots of fun.
    Interesting book title for sure. Dealing with change is difficult for most. Friendships are not easily attained, true friendship that is. Thanks for your review.
    Rick

  • Rebecca Denley

    Rebecca Denley Ashland, OR

    This resonates so much with me right now. I dated a guy for 18 months, the longest relationship I've had to date, and so often lately I've seen people and things that remind me of him. It's been four or five months since we broke up, and I still feel a little bit of that stretch you're talking about. Thank you, Nice Peter, for being such a beautiful human being.

    This resonates so much with me right now. I dated a guy for 18 months, the longest relationship I've had to date, and so often lately I've seen people and things that remind me of him. It's been four or five months since we broke up, and I still feel a little bit of that stretch you're talking about. Thank you, Nice Peter, for being such a beautiful human being.

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