Wednesday, March 30, 2011


SONG #4: "Bigger Than My Body" by John Mayer.

Okay, yes, John Mayer is a d-bag, but two points are important: 1. I wrote IS in 2009, when he was not quite so much of a d-bag and 2. it's still a good song.

The first time I heard Bigger Than My Body was when I was a kid watching Degrassi, back when they still played music videos in-between all the shows on The N. I hated most of them, so I always looked forward to "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera and Bigger Than My Body.

To me, Bigger Than My Body is a story about coming out of your skin. It's about being trapped, but with the tantalizing possibility, or promise, even, that you won't be trapped forever. There's the idea of escape.

It's a good song for Noah, my favorite character in Invincible Summer, especially during the first summer. While he comes across as overly cynical, there's a definite feel, at least to me, that he's cynical because being cynical is still a safe thing, because he doesn't truly believe it. He can bitch and moan and whine about how he's being pushed into a role he doesn't want to fill and nothing is in his control, but he still believes that he can rise above all the bullshit. He still sees himself outside of the context of the bullshit. He's a kid playing a cynic.

Also he looks kind of like a more funny-looking John Mayer in my head.


Why is it not my time?
What is there more to learn?
Shed this skin I've been tripping in
Never to quite return


“Look. Listen to my words of wisdom. College's only role these days, for an upper-middle-class kid going in for a fucking liberal arts degree, is very simple. Do you know what that is?”

“A diploma. A good job. Yay.”

“No. College exists only because it thrives on the hopes and dreams of the young and innocent. College is a hungry zombie here to eat your brains. It wants to remind you that your naivete is impermanent and someday, English major or no, you'll wear a suit and hate the feeling of sand between your toes.”

--p. 53

1) "Turn Up The Sun" by Oasis
2) "Island in the Sun" by Weezer
3) "Just Like Heaven" by Gatsby's American Dream

4) "Bigger Than My Body" by John Mayer


Marjorie said...

This song sums up how I felt through all of high school. I loved a lot of the other songs from that album, too.

Liz Czukas said...

When I read that passage in IS, I thought, now THIS is Hannah Moskowitz at the wheel.

You're right, d-bag or not, this is a good song. And if we stopped listening to all songs by d-bags...well, what we be left with? Donnie and Marie?

- Liz

allison said...

i think ive made it pretty clear that i have the biggest author crush on you, but this: "yes, John Mayer is a d-bag," sealed the deal. i LOLed, literally. LLOLed.

KT said...

Man, I've loved the playlist so far. Great passage. The main speaker's voice and thoughts are awesome.

Heather Hellmann said...

I loved reading the passage!

Colene Murphy said...

Very cool! Man between snickering over "d-bag", Degrassi flashbacks, and enjoying how you work music in with your characters, this was sooo entertaining!

Anonymous said...

Ah... the feel of sand between my toes. :)

hannah said...

I love you all of you to little pieces.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

John Mayer really is a d-bag, but he's a talented d-bag who writes really great songs that fit perfectly with so many books. This one has always been one of my faves.

Also, I want to know Noah.