I look into the mirror/ For evil that just does not exist
Leave it to Tegan and Sara to start their bleakest album with a charmingly personal love song that’s also one of their most overtly political. Sara wrote the track on the day of her common-law marriage to Emy Storey, the band’s longtime artistic director. Sara says:
As part of the application process you have to go in and basically declare your common law status before notary. So we got up really early and went to this notary in Old Montreal. I didn’t want to get married and wasn’t getting married but it felt so formal, like a wedding. I was thinking about how funny it is that my life seems so simple and natural, what everyone does in life. You fall in love with someone, you make sacrifices and you do things so you can stay together. Me being in love with a girl and wanting her to be with me, doing what I need to do to make her stay with me; it affects no one yet it’s terrifying to people and they think you’re a monster.
It joins “And Darling” and “Love Type Thing” as songs that do more with less, that find impact in brevity. "The muscles fought so long/ To control against the pull/ Of one magnet to another magnet" — there’s Sara’s levelheadedness coming through again, resisting love because it isn’t necessarily realistic. Despite her reservations, she can’t help but fall for the girl; after all, being in love is the greatest thing, wholly intoxicating. But the rest of the album would work to deconstruct and poke holes in that feeling of warmth and safety, to look towards its decline. “I Was Married” lives in its own little world, though, sun beating down and bringing out the color in her eyes.
Cody William Smith is a professional Photographer and Director of Photography. Originally from Reno Nevada, he moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and earned his BFA in Cinema from Columbia College in 2012. As a photographer he specializes in landscape, fine art, and environmental portraiture. He also freelances as a gaffer, 1st AC, and photography assistant.
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