A Man is Not His Song

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  • Here, Feist sings about a writer's blurred lines: "I have seen people take on the characteristics or the persona that they invented to tell their stories," she told The Globe. "I don't have a final verdict on that. I've watched myself as well. It's not a natural thing to be talking about yourself. So, this song is a study of the relationship between real people writing things beyond them."
  • Feist tags the up-to-this-point quiet track with an unexpected metal outro - a snippet of Mastodon's very loud Once More Round The Sun track "High Road." She explained why to Pitchfork:

    "I wanted a sonic representation of the feminine/masculine binary, and Mastodon is like a flamethrower of guy-sound and feeling. It felt right at the end of this observation that a man is not his song, and nothing is really what it purports to be. I know a lot of men, and a lot of them write songs, and I know the difference between what they are and what they sing. And it's same for me—there is your pedestrian voice and your maker's voice, and it just felt notable to observe that some people can be subsumed by the voice they've made, and others keep it in check.

    I have a funny perspective in that a lot of my friends created alter egos inside which to make what they make, and I didn't. It was because I didn't ever feel entitled to really play-act. I barely felt entitled to take up the space I took up in the world. When I was young I was pretty shy. I really thrived as an underdog."

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