Writing Music: The National’s Boxer


national_boxerThis was the album I was in love with last year. I’ve actually put this back on because I was concerned that I was going to destroy the enthusiasm for the Walkmen’s You & Me. And considering I have a writing project in mind for the album, that would be bad news indeed.

Boxer is such a great album. And now that I’ve taken the time since discovering the National to explore the rest of their work, the greatness of Boxer is not an anamoly. While some songs are better than others on Boxer,  there really isn’t a bad song on the album. In fact, the album as a whole just makes me happy. The songwriting is topnotch, but there’s something beautiful about the band’s sound that does it for me. In many ways, it feels like something I’ve never heard before but was already familiar with. And songs like “Fake Empire”, “Squalor Victoria” and “Slow Show” take me back to a lot of different times in my life, as if the music had been following me around for years now. Tori Amos used to have this effect on me with her early albums, like I had dreamt her songs long before I heard them.

Anyway, I’m happy to have Boxer back on rotation. You were never far away, but I certainly missed you.

Now let’s make some stories.

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About Christian A. Dumais

Christian A. Dumais is an American writer, humorist and public speaker living in Wrocław, Poland. He has published fiction, journalism, and academic articles in several magazines and journals such as GUD, Shock Totem and Ha!Art. His first collection of short stories, Empty Rooms Lonely Countries, was published in 2009. He also created, edited, and contributed to Cover Stories, a euphictional anthology of 100 stories inspired by songs, which was published in 2010. His most recent book is SMASHED: The Life and Tweets of Drunk Hulk.

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