David Bazan’s Curse Your Branches is one of those albums I am always coming back to. The heartfelt lyrics tell of a spiritual awakening. Many of the songs reference the Bible, and not generally in a positive way, as we follow down a path of doubts and uncertainty. He sings, “wait just a minute, you expect me to believe, that all this misbehaving, grew from one enchanted tree.” I imagine that not everyone will be able relate to the album with the theological quarrel playing out in the lyrics, but I did. I know many who’ve lived the questions brought up in Curse Your Branches. It is highly recommended for anyone with a questioning soul.
This evening Dave Bazan, touring for his latest album, Strange Negotiations, made an in-store appearance at the Uptown Apple Store. He played a few new songs to a sweaty crowd (there was no air conditioning, only fans and free bottled water). He answered a few questions from the audience, including what kind of questions he hopes he will get when he asks if anyone has any questions. As usual, my three-year-old was front and center: