January 18, 2018 | by Jocelyn Hoppa
Epic, theatrical, and here to save you from the doldrums of our modern existence, Andrew W.K. returns after almost a decade (it’s been that long, really?) with “Music Is Worth Living For” from his upcoming album You’re Not Alone (March 2, Sony Music).
Can't hate on the messiah of love, light, and life (partying). Look negative music will always rule, but Andrew W.K. is a nice counterpoint — a cathartic reminder that no matter how shitty or sad or anxious you may feel things are going to be alright.
[Update: NPR reported that a UK man was pulled over for speeding while listening to Andrew W.K. so Andrew W.K. offered to pay his ticket!]
About the new track, Andrew says, “‘Music Is Worth Living For’ is an exaltation of my love for music itself. It’s also me pleading with myself to recognize music’s eternal power and glory, in the face of hardship and pain. The song is an effort to remind myself that life is worth living, if for no other reason than because of the beauty music conveys. Music is a mysterious phenomenon — it seems both to magically overwhelm and sublimate our suffering, but also to starkly dignify the struggles of our daily life. The physical power of music must be coming from some sort of unshakable truth, sent from the primal core of all being. It’s so effortless and elegant in its intensity. I truly believe that listening to music can transform you into a better person. In that way, all my songs have been me just trying to get better, trying to cheer myself up, trying to convince myself that there is hope and joy in the world no matter how dark it may seem. And the lyrics of this song, especially in the verses, are me calling out my own interior negative forces - the lowest and darkest impulses inside me, that wish to hold me down in despair — and I’m telling those malevolent urges once and for all that they won’t break me. I will persevere. And when I triumph, somehow, someday, it will be because of music. This song is a celebration of that essential and divine life-force that music is both emanating from and emitting to us. This song is about how good music makes it feel to not be dead. As the last line of the chorus proclaims, ‘Music makes me want to stay alive.’ That’s probably the truest lyric I’ve ever written."
And, I'll use any reason to post this 2009 video of Andrew W.K. on FOX NEWS.