Singled Out: El Tryptophan's Ida
One summer I was staying with friends in Austin, TX. We were discussing "repetition compulsion", a theory of the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud--how people hope to resolve traumas by unconsciously reliving them in each new relationship.
I was bent out of shape about a girl, and I was sure I was repeating the same old obsessive habits. My friend handed me the novel "Ida" by Gertrude Stein. It's about a girl who drifts through life, marrying and remarrying, told in an oddly flat, unemotional tone. I walked into my bedroom and this same came out--like a warning to myself, or a good joke.
For me, Ida is about the difficulty discerning between fantasy and reality, and the seductive emotions that may merely reflect projections of our desires.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!