The music of awkward English folk-pop legend Tom Rosenthal is very close to my heart.
My first introduction to Tom was this hidden gem among his earlier work, Don’t You Know How Bust & Important I Am?
It’s a joyous critique of the over-working, hyper-productivity mindset, and I find it grounds me when I start taking things (or myself) too seriously.
‘Don’t you know how busy and Important I am? I’ve got so much to do.’
Is the repeated chorus throughout the song. But his sarcastic jab at self importance takes darker turn;
‘Too busy to cry, too busy to die, too busy to see my chance.’
The music video, filmed in the same town as the original UK version of the office, features a trio of awkward office workers progressively losing their shit dancing as they let themselves go to the tune of;
‘Maybe I’m just trying to distract myself from my mortality.
Maybe I’m just trying to distract myself from my mortality.’
Tom’s message is subversive but clear; slow down, enjoy the little things, and don’t die dejected and busy.
This kind of absurdly beautiful clever nonsense jives with me greatly.
Tom’s music is at times a breath of fresh air, at others a reality check and on occasion, a soul churning experience.
He’s the artist I recommend most often.
Put him on shuffle until you find something you love, because he’s almost certainly made something that you will.