For Pride Month, Sufjan Stevens released a new four-track EP featuring two new songs that he states are his attempt to "write an upbeat and sincere love song without conflict, anxiety or self-deprecation." One of those tracks is "Love Yourself," based on a 1996 four-track demo that you can also hear via the EP. Hear the fleshed-out, synthpop version below.
Stevens also penned an essay last month encouraging readers to embrace love. He writes:
RuPaul says: “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” Jesus said: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Both suggest that self-love is what makes us human: you cannot love others without loving yourself. Which also means that we must cultivate love as a private and personal practice before we can extend love to others. To love yourself, you must know yourself. And to know yourself, you must love yourself. Love then is a sublime and universal understanding of self and of others. Love is a discipline of one’s own self-consciousness. Love is beautiful. Love is just. It must endure, it must evolve, it must expand, it must be born-again.
Read the complete essay online here.
Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Hot Motion" by Temples, from the 2019 album Hot Motion on ATO Records.
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is "PDA" by Manatee Commune, from the 2019 album PDA on Bastard Jazz Recordings.
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is "Got You" by Amyl and The Sniffers, from the 2019 album Amyl and the Sniffers on ATO Records.