Sometimes, a certain line from a song jumps out to you. It doesn't necessarily mean that it is a necessarily clever line… but there is just something special about it. I'm going to attempt to start a continuing feature where I briefly ramble about some of the lines that have jumped out to me. I think I'll call this feature 'Hey Man, Nice Line' and I guess this is the first one.
As someone who spends a lot of his time working on stuff that is not my actual 'pay you money' job (and who has even dabbled at trying to make music), this line really resonates with me. It's not entirely false for me to say that I "blog" (or that I have a "radio station" and a "not a record label, not not a record label"), but I always feel like a bit of a bullshitter when I actually tell anyone that I do that stuff. I guess it's because it feels like I also kind of don't do that stuff (i.e. when you apply the old school way of "if you don't make a living off of it, you don't really do it" thinking).
I'm not sure the true intent of the line, but for me, it speaks to this very modern thing of feeling like you are a "musician" (or artist, or blogger, or whatever) and for that to kind of be true (i.e. because you make music or blog or whatever)… but then it also is kind of not true, because you work a full-time job doing something completely unrelated (and it's the unrelated thing that keeps the cupboard stocked with cereal). If I played basketball in the park everyday for a few hours, I probably wouldn't be able to get away with calling myself a "basketball player".
I guess those 8 words really just perfectly capture the contradicting way it can feel to be doing something you love, while not really feeling 100% confident that you are actually doing it in the capacity that allows for you to claim it as something you do or are. And the fact that a line about lying about making music is contained inside of literal proof that he actually does make music, that's what makes it such a great line (to me anyway... I'm a bit hungover today and having a very hard time expressing even simple ideas, so apologies if none of this made sense).
(ps - you can hear this track and line on Episode 31 of 'Mix Tape Radio On Folk Radio UK')