Hearing “The Hand That Feeds” playing in the background of the trailer for Red Riding Hood inspired me to go to my CD collection and dig out Nine Inch Nails’ Without Teeth (released in 2005 but not purchased by tone-deaf little me until 2007). Originally, I was thinking of doing a post about “The Hand That Feeds” but as I listened, I rediscovered my favorite song from Without Teeth, “Every Day Is Exactly The Same.”
Every time I listen to this song, I feel as if I’m back in 2007 and I’m hit by deluge of bittersweet memories. I was still in college but I had reached the point where, for the first time, I realized that I would soon be graduating and I would actually have to start living the life that all of this education was supposedly preparing me to live. In the back of my mind, I was slowly starting to understand that everything I had always assumed would forever be in the future was now sneaking up on me. I can remember driving to and from school, listening to this song in my car and promising myself that I would never let every day be exactly the same. A part of me laughs when I think about how naive and innocent that sounds today. It’s hard to believe that it was actually little less than four years ago.
I guess I should also admit that listening to this song inspired me to break up with my then-boyfriend because, as I told him, “It’s just that every day with you is exactly the same.” Yes, for some reason, I thought that he would see my point if I phrased it that way.
Anyway, it’s still a good song.