To Be Human

Snow Patrol’s new CD, Fallen Empires releases today. Want to know what’s a bigger deal to me than that? Very little.

I was thinking about why I love Snow Patrol and it hit me: I think they do a better job in their music than most anyone of capturing what it means to be human. And I think that’s what I’m looking for in art. It’s why I love Snow Patrol, and Peter Gabriel, and Cameron Crowe movies, and John Irving novels, and why I thought Friday Night Lights was probably the best TV show of the last decade.

Anyone can write songs about wanting to get rich, movies with exploding cars are a dime a dozen, and it’s not that difficult to make people laugh, but someone who can really reach down into your heart and make you feel, feel what it’s like to be human.

That’s priceless.