Change is a wonderful thing. So are new experiences. And still the shadow of the past follows you around, creeps up around you, pops in front of you in a certain light. No reason to stop treading the path you’re on, but it elicits enough memory to give you perspective.

When the world looks new, it’s almost like living in a dream – every corner, every street, holds the unfamiliar and potentially life-changing. Living in the moment becomes easier than ever when there’s little common ground between you and your surroundings. So, your eyes see clear than ever, your perspective renewed.

What I love about Death Cab for Cutie, especially “Plans,” is the perspective, the way the narrative is a few steps removed from the present. This album has been with me for a long time – the band was an early high school favorite, and this album saw me through so many life transitions. Once again I find myself spinning Plans, playing and singing along, aging along with the album. It’s a wonderful accompaniment for the moments you want to spend living in your head, a safe harbor to find yourself when your surroundings are entirely brand new.

“Burn it down till the embers smoke on the ground
And start new when your heart is an empty room
With walls of the deepest blue

Home’s face: how it ages when you’re away
Spring blooms and you find the love that’s true
But you don’t know what now to do
Cause the chase is all you know
And she stopped running months ago

And all you see
Is where else you could be
When you’re at home
Out on the street
Are so many possibilities
To not be alone

The flames and smoke climbed out of every window
And disappeared with everything that you held dear
And you shed not a single tear for the things that you didn’t need
‘Cause you knew you were finally free

‘Cause all you see is where else you could be when you’re at home
Out on the street are so many possibilities to not be alone

And all you see is where else you could be
When you’re at home
There on the street are so many possibilities to not be alone”

~Your Heart is an Empty Room
Death Cab for Cutie, Plans