Existential Party Music

Music doesn’t always bring people together, but this list does. A compilation of music from every genre with one common theme: time is like wine if you stomp its fruit with all your might.

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C. Travis Webb

“Give me my freedom for as long as I be / All I ask of living is to have no chains on me / … /

And all I ask of dying is to go naturally…” A nearly straight line can be drawn from Emily Dickenson to Laura Nyro, who sold this song to Peter, Paul, and Mary in 1965 when she was only seventeen. This version benefits from BS&T’s horn section, whose cri de cœur conjures the shofar, and every howling petition since Gilgamesh.

I decided to marry my wife the night she played this song for me.