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Pause. Honorable Mention. Resume Play.

For the last two months I was living like a glorified hobo, as many of my millennial contemporaries do from time to time, to experience what life is like untethered to the tight knit fabric of society. In other words, I briefly abandoned my normative adult routine to save money before embarking on an impending Midwest move. So my boyfriend, my two cats and I moved in with my mom and her two dogs to spend our final weeks in Vermont amongst friends and family. I often found myself knee deep in dirt or with a book in my hands, picking up odd jobs when my pockets shrunk and performing songs both bitter and sweet for the past and for the future. It was certainly a short lived life full of privilege and devoid of responsibility; restorative, relaxing and relatively dull.

Fast forward two months and here I am, sandwiched between the cushions of my Craigslisted couch, blogging about metaphorically pushing the pause button on my life. So I guess it’s time to resume play and get back to work. I don’t have any current news to report in regards to Xenia Dunford the product, so here’s a nice mention from my much loved, recently renounced hometown newspaper, Seven Days. “It’s Not Too Late”, off of Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Side A, was named Best Breakup song… unofficially.

Breakup songs are nothing new, but singer-songwriter Xenia Dunford adds nuance to the concept in her devastating song “It’s Not Too Late.” Off her 2018 EP, Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Side A, the track is hardly a “woe is me” sob story. Instead, the artist admits to having outwardly moved on (“I got a man who loves me and tells me so”), yet she can’t shake the lingering stain of the one who carved her insides out. (“But I can’t quite settle into these bones.”) It reminds us that people are complex and can simultaneously exist in two distinct places: content with the present but forever haunted by the past.
— Jordan Adams, Seven Days
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