I read Tuesday’s story of the joint suicide of Joan and Edward Downes. I’m sure this story touched many hearts, whatever we think of the ethical issues. Early this morning I was driving the kids around and they played a tune I’d never heard called I’ll Follow You Into the Dark. It’s a lovely song — at once melodious, witty, and sad — and it comes from exactly the same place as the story of the Downes’ death. This week there’s an extra chance it’ll tug at your heart as it did mine.
It turns out to be by Death Cab for Cutie, a band I’ve generally ignored on account of their having a lame name. You might want to give it a listen, there are plenty of videos online. The band’s site has a couple, but you might want to start with the words & music and this live recording.