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February 16, 2013  | by: Susie Bijan
(Flickr, anyonlinyr)

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I always joked about the several pseudo father figures in my life.  The two most notable names include Franz Kafka and Damon Albarn, the lead singer of British rock and britpop sensation Blur. As you can imagine, they’re rather pathetic when it comes to their paternal responsibilities on most days. Kafka in particular; his fixation on anxiety is very tiring.

The hunt for a proper father figure is a difficult task: the potential candidates must possess several essential attributes that ensure their legitimacy. The lessons imparted are natural and come with incredible ease, and often they’re packaged in an offbeat manner for easy digestion. There’s nothing like teaching how to love properly and giving a warning about the perils of consumerist culture with the song “Girls and Boys.”

Then the thought hit me: why did I never consider the delightful Thom Yorke of Radiohead? I’ve seen him in the flesh during an impeccable concert experience and viewed his remarkable dancing abilities up close and personal. It was a life-changing moment! To this day, I swear I’ve locked eye(s) with him during a particularly hectic performance of “Paranoid Android.” He’s goofy in that irresistibly charming way, and he can spit out memorable lyrics with a prophet-like ability. And to many, “Ok Computer” rivals a religious text with its glorious tunes and the way it captures the general malaise of 21st century life.

In a recent interview with Esquire, Yorke shared some valuable advice in the form of short statements in the characteristically eccentric manner he’s known for. The first tidbit really hits home for me, as a vegetarian:

If you’re going to be a vegetarian, you really do have to like lentils. Otherwise you’re f***ed.

Very true. However, not all his teachings are quirky: some of his words sound like they came out of the mouth of a wise sage who’s literally seen it all. Yorke is a musical veteran and a figure admired by many, including Kanye West. On Wednesday, Colin Greenwood, Radiohead’s bassist, announced that the band will start recording their ninth album in September. I’ve never been worried by Radiohead’s musical capabilities as they grow older, since to me, they’re the fine wine of their genre. They only grow better with age.

And thankfully, I think Yorke understands this too:

I don’t feel disappointment anymore. But I do feel the pressure of time marching on.

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