Music Monday: Tunnel Song



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You know the “tunnel song” from The Perks of Being a Wallflower? At the end of the movie, Sam (Emma Watson) hands Charlie (Logan Lerman) a cassette tape (because it takes place in the early 90’s) and says she found the “tunnel song.” Then the young adults we’ve grown to pity and love and relate to over the course of the movie take a drive through a tunnel with the windows down and the song blasting. Charlie stands in the truck bed, holding his hands up above his head and swearing that in that moment he and his friends are infinite.

Tame Impala’s “Apocalypse Dreams” is my tunnel song. It is bottled infinity. It’s best heard while driving down a highway at night with the windows down and the volume turned up as loud as possible without ruining the car speakers. That baseline. The way the song just kicks into warp speed at the three-minute mark and runs free till the closing minutes. The way the fuzzy, almost lazy vocals contrast with the depth of the lyrics.

Well, am I getting closer?
Will I ever get there?
Does it even matter?

This song is otherworldly. It offers escapism and reflection simultaneously. It isn’t exactly a new song, but it is one that has stuck with me. This blog isn’t about discovering the newest and hippest the entertainment industry has to offer, but contemplating what remains once the hype fades. I don’t think I’ll ever be over this song and I never want to be.


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