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theguardian - 26 days ago

How Vampire Weekend guided me into fatherhood

A seemingly breezy album Bride helped me confront impending parenthood – and bond with my daughter when she arrivedVampire Weekend has always been there for me. The evolution, on their first three albums, from the youthful naivety of campus life to late-20s world-weariness and existential angst, was in step with my own rhythms. Dissecting Ezra Koenig’s layered lyrics, I was always able to learn something about who I was at the time. But it wasn’t until their 2019 album Father of the Bride that their music shaped who I became.Shortly after its release, the news that I was to become a father undid my relatively carefree existence. My partner and I, two hopeless romantics living in different cities, would need to turn our idealised relationship into a more grounded plan. Life had taught her to adapt to change with determination and almost undiscerning op my approach was one of avoidance and dread. I was gripped by fears of losing myself, my freedom and precious image – and turning into a dad. When the FOTB tour came to London that November, I clung desperately to the album’s sunny sounds. As in the music, there were stormy feelings lurking just beneath the surface. Continue reading...


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