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As the seasons change and the end of the year creeps near, we’ve asked our contributors to pick their favorite lyrics of 2016 — so far.
— Brenna Ehrlich, Talkhouse Music Editor-in-Chief
“Someday in bravery/I’ll embody all grace and lightness.”
— Frankie Cosmos, “Embody,” Next Thing
Lyrically, my favorite moment of 2016 comes in the song “Embody” on Frankie Cosmos’ newest record: “Someday in bravery/I’ll embody all grace and lightness.” To me, this is an inspiring thought — and a truly beautiful set of words. The way she intertwines it with snapshot details about the beloved people in her life is so special. When she says, “My friends are friends/with my friends/it shows me/they embody all the grace and lightness,” I feel — with such warmth — the true possibility of human community.
(Art credit: Dan Schmatz)