I have a great fear in my heart that rock ‘n’ roll as I once knew it is dead. I hope I’m wrong about that, but I find myself growing more and more irritated these days as I try to listen to modern music. This could just be a natural progression of growing older, when you begin to feel disconnected to the current generation and start pining for the days of old. It feels like something more than that to me, though. It feels as if an entire genre of music is expiring.

As a result of this, I have a tendency to get very excited anytime I hear any new piece of music I enjoy listening to. The latest example of this is the song “Rut,” by the Killers. I’m not exactly sure why, but I’ve been a Killers fan since their first album, even if I haven’t necessarily liked every song they’ve put out. Maybe it’s because they remind me of the music I grew up with in the 1980s. At any rate, I think they’re very good at what they do musically.

This particular song, however, has a deeper hook for me than simply a melody I enjoy. It actually deals with a very serious topic – mental illness. According to a Rolling Stone article, singer Brandon Flowers wrote the song about his wife’s struggles with PTSD. The accompanying video for the song depicts a woman struggling with loneliness and depression during various points of her life. The song and the visual together are very moving.

Don’t give up on me/I’m just in a rut. How many times have I wanted to blurt those words out to those close to me? I’ve been feeling like I’ve been in a pretty deep rut lately, and I worry that the people around me will eventually get tired of dealing with it. In fact, I would wager that anyone with mental health issues or just going through a rough patch of life has the same concern. Will there be someone for me when I hit a depth they don’t understand?

I can’t say the Killers (or any other performer I’ve heard lately) have restored my faith in rock ‘n’ roll with just one song. They did, however, make me feel a little better by letting me know I’m not the only one having a rough go of things at the moment. Maybe rock ‘n’ roll will make a triumphant comeback one day. Maybe I will, too.

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