This Week’s Model — Phoebe Bridgers and Maggie Rogers, “Iris”

It started with a promise:

Well, it really started with a fan who posted a joking rendition of the Goo Goo Dolls hit in the style of Phoebe Bridgers, catching the eye of the artist herself. Then, on Election Day, Bridgers made a campaign pledge to U.S. voters. If the destructive, narcissist who’s serves disastrously as U.S. President for nearly near four years met the electoral judgment he fully deserves on he basis of the damage he has done to the nation, then she would deliver a cover of the song that cries, “And I don’t want the world to see me/ ‘Cause I don’t think that they’d understand.”

As with every other aspect of this election, patient was required. Even the Goo Goo Dolls got antsy.

At around the same time Arizona’s careful ballot-counting decisively, conclusively put the Copper State in Joe Biden’s column, Bridgers made good on her promise. And, in a canny political move, she recruited Maggie Rogers as the equivalent of her running mate, the two trading verses on the tender, exquisite, romantic misery of the song. As the red-hat zealots and the Republican leaders who cravenly capitulate to them continue to exact additional damage the security, economic well-being, and general health of the nation by playing along with the delusion that the election’s results are still in dispute, the rest of us can return to this song like a soothing lullaby. It reminds us that, as bad as 2020 has been, good and has come out of it. And it’s getting better.

To have this sonic amulet of precious rejuvenation at your disposal, though, you should go to Bridgers’s Bandcamp page and purchase it. The plan is for the track to be available for only twenty-four hours. The price you pay for the song is up to you, and the performers will donate all proceeds to Fair Fight, the organization founded by Stacey Abrams that has done astonishing work fighting voter suppression efforts in Georgia and across the country.

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