Song of the Day, March 15: Learning How to Cheat by the Balancing Act

BalancingCheatToday’s song is a manifesto from a delightful band. The Balancing Act’s second — and sadly final — album, Curtains, is a wry look at death, departure, and loss. With the final track, Learning How to Cheat, the quartet sum up their brief but compelling musical journey. The song opens with “Learning how to cheat death, now I just look like I’m dead.” That line, delivered deadpan against a chiming, anxious guitar, sums up the Act’s worldview. Things may go wrong, chaos may reign, but watch carefully and you’ll get by. In a frenzy of folk-jazz philosophy, they offer this inquiry:

The roads converge and then they scatter
It’s hard to see how some things matter
Is there a lot that you would rather not know?

Perhaps, but knowing is power, even if you practice cautious observation. Enjoy this splendid pondering 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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