MW Rx. Tanya Tagaq, Kool & The Gang, The Cranberries, Florence

What do we let die so we can really live?

By Risa Dickens, Amy Torok,

May 13, 2023
3 min read
Tanya Tagaq, Cool and (most of) the Gang, Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries, Florence (without the Machine)

We're seeing the future in the face of a daffodil. We're letting pieces of ourselves die and starting new from right here. We're demanding awakening, conducting ourselves like lighting, and getting our backs off the wall to DANCE.  

Risa brings two daffodil songs because though she never planted the daffodils, they keep coming back.

I'm not bad, I'm not good
I drank every sky that I could
Made myself mythical, tried to be real
Saw the future in the face of a

One part of the daffodil is above ground, drinking sky, shining yellow with the optimism of Spring, but the other part is below. A perennial that lets parts of itself die, decides what to shed, moves water out of its cells, and keeps its sweetness close to survive through winter times.

There is joy in the daffodil story, and also lament.

I have decided to leave you forever.
I have decided to start things from here.
Thunder and lightning won't change,
What I'm feeling and the daffodils look lovely today.

The prescription is to remember above and below. The joyful face, and the decision at the root level of what we leave behind. What we let die so we can really live.

Amy tells a story about letting a part of herself die, and of being rewarded with pure magic.

And she prescribes Tanya Tagaq's Retribution (live). Let her many voices wash over you:

Demand awakening
The path we have taken has rotted
Ignite, stand upright,
conduct yourself like lightning because
The retribution will be swift.

While you listen to this one, we invite you to join our annual fundraiser for the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal. Make a reparation! Connect with your community! Conduct yourself like lightning, and let's make some fucking magic.

And then! Let's dance! Above and below, joy and sorrow, mind and body, it's all here in the family kitchen dance party. Dance for your inner kid because your body is an altar to them, dance with your kids and familiars so they can see you get free, dance with the place you live, and fill the room up with your genius self!

If you feel awkward, Amy reminds us of this wisdom from The Banger Sisters:

Our mother? Our mom's a really, really, really bad dancer.
That was what was so really, really... really genius about it. You didn't care what anybody thought... did you, babe?

The prescription to achieve this genius, of course, is Kool & The Gang calling you out, with Get Down On It:

How you gonna do it if you really don't wanna dance
By standing on the wall?
(Get your back up off the wall) tell me
How you gonna do it if you really won't take a chance
By standing on the wall?
(Get your back up off the wall)

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