“Hard of Hearing” by Radical Face (And Some Ramblings)

“’Hard of Hearing’ specifically is about the awkward middle period, that space where you don’t feel well at all, but you can outwardly function again. I learned that we often understand things long before we feel them, and that can create a sense of limbo. That limbo is where this song come from.” – Ben Cooper/Radical Face

Some ramblings on my mood

I’ve been struggling a bit with my mood over the past few weeks. Not bad enough to see my psychiatrist for med changes, thank goodness, just enough to keep an eye on, basically. I can, however, (like in the song) say “I know I’m not well, but I’m alright”. Oh, the joy of mental illness.

However, I have been writing and thanks to a four-day-weekend (whoohoo!) got to have some proper time to rest (while thinking about writing and working out some scenes in my head, let’s be honest). I’m slowly coming out of my — do I call it semi-depression? Sort-of-depression? Yes-probably-depression-but-it’s-usually-much-worse-depression? — whatever this is, and I am feeling much better the past few days*. Yay!

* Not in the hypomania kind of way though. See? The joy of mental illness. The gift that keeps on giving.

Doctor Who Sad it's happy for deep people meme

Go listen to more of Radical Face’s music — now!

Radical Face is one of my favourite artists by far. I first discovered his music on Noisetrade, where the concept of his Family Tree albums had me intrigued. The Bastards were the first part of the Family Tree albums that I listened to and was blown away. Since then I’ve been eagerly listening to his work and awaiting new music (I may have fangirled at my desk on the day “Hard of Hearing” was released). Here are another three of my favourite songs, “The Mute”, “Always Gold”, and “The Ship in Port”.

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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