Category Archives: Anxiety Jukebox
The recent death of Levon Helm, which saddens me to no end — he was, as Bob Dylan says, a great spirit — seems a good opportunity to revive our Anxiety Jukebox feature with one of The Band’s most beautiful songs, “Stage Fright.” Levon doesn’t sing, with that tragic nasal twang he had, on this one; he’s playing drums. But he’s playing them with his customary brilliance. And hell, it’s a great tune.
Receiving the gift of Christine Lavin’s song yesterday made me think back to a really sweet and compassionate project the indomitable Ze Frank did some time ago. A fan, overwhelmed by anxiety, wrote to Ze asking him to put together a “nice sweet calmdown song.” He did, and the result is just great. YouTube version of the song after the jump, but I recommend the full narrative experience. (more…)
Reader Christine Lavin, a singer-songwriter, was inspired by my NYT article on anxiety to write the following song. Check it out. It’s fantastic. And if you haven’t seen Jason Good’s video, be sure to watch that, too.
If will.i.am is anxious, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Fridays are Anxiety Jukebox days here at the Chronicles. This means that every Friday, so long as I’m not paralyzed with self-hatred or indolence, I will bring you a song about, invoking, or (sometimes) intended to soothe anxiety.
First up is a lovely little ditty by Jeffrey Lewis called “Anxiety Attack.”