Sarah Recommends: “Los Ageless,” by St. Vincent

How could anybody have you
How could anybody have you and lose you
How could anybody have you and lose you and not lose their minds, too ?

We’re about a month away from Valentine’s Day and I hate it like some people hate Christmas. Ignoring it is easier now, but all of that pink on red hits me, loud, garish, and demanding that I remember that I’m alone.

On Valentine’s Day, 2010, the relationship that I was in ended by email. It wasn’t healthy, but I sometimes wonder if we hadn’t been who we were at that time if things could have worked. Probably not, but god, it was devastating. Technology makes cruelty easier; we can erase people from our lives with a swipe left, or dumping contact information into a fathomless cyber-hole.

I heard this song in November, driving through the early evening in Los Angeles, and it captured me. I was listening to it today and missed California, and missed being in love, and for me it’s got this vibe of a Joan Didion essay, if Didion was making music in the 21st century, observant and cool and full of loss.

I still hate Valentine’s Day. But I fucking love this song.

(Song recommendation by Sarah Nichols)

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