I Am Going to Make It Through This Set If It Kills Me

20 Jul

If you are a frequent visitor to this blog you know that I am a huge fan of John Darnielle’s band, The Mountain Goats. His excellent lyrical ability combined with catchy chords and his emotion takes The Mountain Goats’ music to an empyrean level of musical bliss. Today, I found a new way to use one of the Mountain Goats’ song…besides just listening to and enjoying it.

John Darnielle

If you have ever seen Darnielle in concert you can vouch for me. He is nuts. The man is incredibly emotional about his trade…and his trade is rocking out on the acoustic guitar. When I saw him in Ithaca he broke a guitar string. I was surprised he did not break any more strings, or the guitar itself. When I sat down on a gym bench today to do a back exercise, “This Year,” off of The Sunset Tree, released in 2005, a song that focuses on Darnielle when he was a 17-year-old struggling to break through the last year of his childhood, came on, on my extensive Ipod Favorites playlist.

The opening repetitive riff leads perfectly into Darnielle’s first verse which immediately pumped me up before I did my set. In the chorus Darnielle sings, “I am going to make it through this year if it kills me,” and, while it is not yelled with a heavy guitar solo and fireworks, it provides just enough passion to hide the weight you are lifting. Not to mention this awesome backing vocals and Darnielle’s amazingly intense voice. As the acoustic was strummed with hard down strokes and Darnielle ended the song, I found myself pretty surprised with the weight I was lifting. I did make it through the set.

Great odd video below:

2 Responses to “I Am Going to Make It Through This Set If It Kills Me”

  1. Amy August 12, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    I love the Mountain Goats too! Never even met anyone who knows who they are….lol….but I put their songs on mixes all the time and turn people on to them. Great blog – I’ll be back! Love the pic of Jerry too….

  2. Matt Coleman August 12, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Thanks a lot Amy. The Mountain Goats have grown to be one of my favorite modern bands…John Darnielle is perhaps in the top 10 lyricists of all time.

    It’s funny because I have the same experience as you and I have already turned two people on to them.

    They are just a wonderful band and the music is catchy and serious.

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