How do you describe the dialogue between Stone and Paper in Back Forth Love song?
In ‘Back & Forth Love Song,’ I wanted to know what a sheet of paper could say that a stone could not. And also, it could be a teenage love-letter to a gravestone, or vice versa.
The words ‘It Tolls For Thee’ originally come from the John Donne poem, ‘No Man is an Island,’ and then later on were referenced in the introduction to ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls,’ by Hemingway. Both pieces ask us who or what is worth living and dying for. Especially in the case of For Whom The Bell Tolls, most of it takes place on a mountain where a man is waiting for his death. He has very specific human-drama interactions during that time, with his girlfriend or the leader of his group of rebels, but the book describes how life is simultaneously a series of minor conversations and a participation in a larger struggle…in Robert Jordan’s case…the Spanish Revolution. You asked about entropy, this book is the ultimate exploration of it. I wanted to touch on that same timeline a bit. Playfully, I thought that maybe our gravestones could even fall out of the time continuum, and talk with youthful, more fragile, paper-like beings. The question of ‘What for?’ is eternal, but not a pointless thing to ask forever.
-Excerpts from the interview Rock Line, in conversation with Max Guy
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