Joel Ansett’s “Slow Down” is a Rejection of the Modern Rat Race

Joel Ansett, “Slow Down” cover (cropped)

Joel Ansett was inspired by a Dallas Willard quote in writing “Slow Down”: “you must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” In America where being a workaholic is praised and bravado about how hard one can work and always being on it’s easy to forget how that’s a pathological and unhealthy mindset that burns people out and causes early deaths through a variety of means. It also engenders a society where people don’t take time to assess and consider what it is they’re doing and why they’re doing it, what they say and why they’re saying it—in short, no time to be reflective when you’re always scrambling. The downtempo song with a robust low end, thick, textural atmospheres and Ansett’s vocals outlines how making ourselves performative creatures has warped our individual and collective psyches when we’d be better off with a more organic and human pace to life and creating and not expecting others to always be on and at our beck and call because of what? Money? Status? Ansett more than suggests our lives are worth more than a rat race to appease commerce and social pressure. Listen on Soundcloud and follow Ansett at the links below.

Author: simianthinker

Editor, primary content provider for this blog. Former contributor to Westword and The Onion.

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