I don’t generally review singles, if only for the fact that there isn’t much that can be said about them. With a full-length album, there is sometimes even too much to sink your teeth into; the opposite problem often plagues singles. Of course they have their place in terms of importance, and people love to opine about a new song coming out, but it doesn’t really venture past the “song sucks, they sold out” type of criticism that just doesn’t really help anyone. The reason that I felt so inclined to write about this particular song is because of what it represents in the music industry. Music has become so commercialized, so homogeneous, so predictable, that it makes me a little ill to my stomach. There has to be a face to it, and that face has to be perfect; there isn’t much of a place for music to stand for itself. I realize that I am running the risk of sounding pretentious here, so allow me to backpedal just a little bit; this isn’t a rant about how pop music sucks (it doesn’t) or about how there is too much importance on image (there is). It is simply an observation on the state of music; gone are the A Tribe Called Quests, replaced with rappers that only speak of materialistic endeavors. Even quite a few rock bands have pop stars at the helm, simply because having a face on it sells more. We are in an era of internet-stricken clarity. It’s an era where we feel strange if there aren’t naked pictures floating around of your favorite celebrity; if a celebrity doesn’t have an instagram we accuse them of being fake, rather than understanding they may want a private life.
Enter Carly Comando. You may have never heard of her (I certainly hadn’t), but this song has been played over 24 million times on Youtube, accompanied by the viral video “Noah Takes a Picture of Himself Everyday for Six Years”. She has been featured on several national news shows, VH1, and even won a Primetime Emmy Award for her musical contribution to a Simpsons episode. Most people that lurk on the internet should know who she is, but many don’t. For all of the attention on her song “Everyday”, there was no invasion into the other aspects of her life. This moving piano piece had the opportunity to speak for itself, winding through a sometimes simplistic and repetitive, while other times dark and complex sound. It is heartbreakingly somber for a bit, and then abruptly changes to a more harsh and unforgiving sound. It is the sound of the everyday that we experience as humans, and much in the way that life is unpredictable and unwieldy, so too is this revisit to “Everyday”. “Everyday 2.0” is not just a rehash of the same ideas, but rather seems retrospective and attempting to compose something a bit more honest as the time passes. Perhaps it was just a way to regain some former glory, but the song is incredibly emotional and it seems more genuine than that. At the end of the day, it is also something to behold, something to be ecstatic about; it is a reminder that everyone contributes to the art around us. There aren’t only multi-million dollar recording artists that make music that enter our ears and affect our emotions; there are also the faceless tattoo artists, waitresses, customer service reps, and taxi drivers that give up their nights and weekends to pursue a true passion. It’s something that’s easy to forget, but “Everyday 2.0” is gentle and gorgeous reminder. I will leave you with a quote from Carly Comando herself, taken from http://deepelmdigital.com/track/everyday-20:
“I wrote a new extended version as a revisited retrospective piece. Six and a half years ago, my friend Noah Kalina created his photo project that showed him aging over six years through pictures he took of himself every day. I accompanied him on this project by creating a soundtrack. He recently released a new, updated version and it inspired me to revisit my own art: music. By day, I’m a waitress. But all of the time, in my heart, I’m a musician. Sometimes I forget that, and Noah’s piece re-inspired me to focus on what I love: music” says Carly. She continues “Everyday 2.0 represents my own life. It’s moody. There are sudden changes. There is a certain pace in which we keep in life that is rhythmic and beautiful, and sometimes that rhythm is repetitive and predictable, and sometimes it changes. In revisiting and re-interpreting it a second time, I feel a difference in the song as a whole. I want people to enjoy the new song and take from it whatever they want. All art is open to interpretation. I interpreted this piece as a recap of my own life, but it can easily be the soundtrack to yours.”