Crazy in Love with Father John Misty’s “Real Love Baby”
This summer I keep finding more reasons to love Father John Misty and his eclecticism. Bias me did get to shake his hand a few nights ago as he was strolling through Tompkins Square in the East Village. Kind fellow for sure. But nowadays, I still see his name recur in almost every music source I follow. From refusing Chipotle’s “burrito money” for a Backstreet Boys cover to hilariously tweeting back an L.A. Juice Bar for stealing a crystal to beefing with another singer (Strand of Oaks) after using his own set to call out the nonsense between entertainment and politics. Father John Misty can surely be called insane by those unfamiliar with him but there isn’t anything too maniacal in his music. For the most part, his songs are rather soothing instead—have you heard or seen any clip of Father John Misty performing “I Went to Store One Day?” Because I think it’s very capable of softening any hard-hearted soul. Woman or man, you wish someone could sing about you the way he sings about his wife, Emma.
Now the latest summery track, “Real Love Baby,” shows yet another lovey-dovey side of this “crazed” man. He buoyantly sings, “I’m a flower. You’re a bee” with the acoustic instrumentals sending you into this state: this state of appreciation for having perked up emotions that sometimes seem too embarrassing to admit. We either think we’re crazy because love is crazy. Or we are all just crazy and love adds to the craziness. But who cares? After everything, love is amazing.