TRACK PREMIERE: REBECCA SCHIFFMAN “EVERY MOMENT LASTS FOREVER”
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L.A. musician/artist/jeweler and more Rebecca Schiffman has a complicated and fascinating artistic history, crossing paths with everyone from Neko Case to Lena Dunham to Linda and Bob Belcher in Bob’s Burgers. (Researching her history is an experience in itself.) But she’s here today with a new song about the loss of someone special. “Every Moment Lasts Forever” starts as a sort of Lou Reed-style deadpan elegy—but over synth, not strings—and then unexpectedly adds guitar, drums and momentum to her examination of reality and mortality. It’s not so much a departure from her prior discography—which includes contributions by L.A. RECORD cover alum Nels Cline and many more—as it is a different kind of energy. Think of the way the Verlaines wrestled with the existential armed with nothing but a rock ‘n’ roll combo because Schiffman is working the same way. As she explains:
“‘Every Moment Lasts Forever’ is one of many songs I’ve written in response to the deaths of friends. Even though I haven’t read the book in years, I find myself returning to the Tralfamadorian theory of time travel in Kurt Vonnegut’s sci-fi novel Slaughterhouse Five for comfort. In the book, humans merely perceive time linearly, but in reality every moment is perpetually happening and beings from the fictional planet Tralfamadore are able to hop from moment to moment. I find it comforting to think that maybe this loved one was always only going to live for exactly 24 years, and I try to be grateful for the time I had with them and revisit those moments.”