Day Wave, embraces this idea in his most recent single "You Are Who You Are." The song is all about shaving away the layers that surround a person in order to accept them for who they are. This isn't easy to do. There is a tendency for people to want to build, design or influence their fellow man to be the person that they need or the person they think they should be. This is especially true when the flaws of our fellows get in the way of our co-habited relationship. "You Are Who You Are" is Day Wave's reminder that people's flaws are to be embraced, not molded.
I spent a lot of time with "You Are Who You Are" while I was preparing for the surprise 50th birthday party for my friend (and co-worker) Ga South. The track seemed like a fabulous accompaniment to the day as it focuses on a number of characteristics that make Ga South the woman she is. She doesn't mince words and isn't blinded by the narratives that people draft about themselves. She sees people only for what they are or what she perceives them to be. Ga South doesn't try to pretend that someone can change their stripes. Everything is grounded in some sort of reality. Her outlook is one that is refreshing in because of how foreign it is. I don't share that same view point. I'm an idealist. I give, and keep giving, people the benefit of the doubt over and over and over again.
So what does one pair with America's new birthday song? Considering that we celebrated Ga South's birthday at the Local House Public House & Provisions, I'd say a crispy, dairy free Fried Green Tomato Sandwich is in order. I'd go with this golden winner.