Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado

The Horizon Just Laughed

They say—when the atmosphere is just right—there is a green flash the moment the sun touches the horizon. There are photographs to prove it, and stories from pilots, though we’ve yet to see it for ourselves.

The summer we turned 17, we stood on a beach, unflinching, unblinking, staring at the remnant of a sunset until mosquitoes bit our arms and we could hear—across the darkness—people laughing at the dive bar.

We had waited and waited for that moment when the light separated from itself, only to see nothing we hadn’t already seen.

On the bus ride home, pressed against one another, your hand in mine, we heard the driver whistling, and watched as a child fell asleep against her father. I tasted the sea on my lips, and you shared a handful of quarters with the boy behind us.

We spent our brightest days still hunting down the flash, starving for something brilliant we could claim and make our own, so hungry we’d have gladly stepped on a sparrow to prove our devotion to Sisyphus.

Then we grew old, taking stock of our lives under half-lit skies.

You smiled first, and I followed.

The idea, caught in my throat, flashed across your face, saying something like this: the miraculous had shown up, my love, disguised like the ordinary, under skin like yours and held up by bones like mine, and it continued to show up each morning in color and light.

– Claire Carey Deering


Damien Jurado – Bio

Let me tell you a story about a boy with raven hair and a crooked smile.

This boy grew up moving from state to state, watching the hills grow flat from a backseat window and the brush become evergreens in the headlights of their rented truck.

All those goodbyes can break a boy’s heart, at least that’s what I’m told, but they can also shake loose parts you don’t expect, like eyes that see things others have trouble putting their fingers on. And when you can see like he does, I think it’s only natural you’ve got to find a way to tell someone.

For him it started with a paintbrush and pieces of canvas before it became a guitar and a microphone. I suppose if someone took away those too he’d just find a different way to get the story out.

For the last two decades he’s been creating and performing songs–for TV shows and movies, and alongside names like Filous and Moby. He’s been writing and recording albums with people like Richard Swift.

But mainly he’s been painting pictures for the people in towns he spent his childhood passing through, the brothers and sisters and cousins who wait in line at theatres and bars, and who listen to his music in their kitchens.

Like previous albums, the horizon just laughed started with a dream. Though, that’s where things change, as they often do. It is his first self-produced album, more personal and more rooted than even his Maraqopa trilogy, as though after so much time on the road he’s stumbled upon his home.

But, like I told you, this is just a story; you’ll have to ask him if you want the truth.

– Claire Carey Deering