Song of the Day, June 26: The Moth by Aimee Mann

MannMothToday’s song is another brilliant pop moment from Aimee Mann’s masterpiece Lost In Space. The Moth is that disc’s penultimate track, drawing together the themes of journeying, isolation, and determination. It opens with a great couplet:

The moth don’t care when he sees the flame
He might get burned, but he’s in the game

Mann carefully dissects obsession, pondering the balance between caution and blind action. Concluding “Come on, let’s go,” she chooses to move forward, aware of the risks but preferring them to being stuck. It’s a wonderfully crafted song, with Mann’s always smart lyrics forming an especially tight narrative. The stripped back instrumentation allows the tale to make its own point, adding just the right amount of quiet urgency.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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