A song for our times, The Corner Laughers’ “The Accepted Time” places the listener directly in the present moment, where magic exists if only you slow down to find it. With the recent shelter-in-place order and anxieties high, the song is now also a wistful memory of how good everyday life was just weeks ago, as well as a reminder to pause and enjoy our present moment, as it’s all we have. “The Accepted Time” all proceeds will be donated to the Redwood City Education Foundation. It’s off the album Temescal Telegraph due out June 5. Watch here
There’s a saying in parenting, “The days are long but the years are short.” “The Accepted Time” is inspired by the walk home from school bandleader Karla Kane makes with her 6-year-old daughter (or did, until everything changed). One autumn day, they passed by a sign quoting civil rights leader W.E.B DuBois (referencing the King James Bible): “Now is the accepted time. Not tomorrow, not some more convenient season.”
Out of this passing inspiration grew a song of appreciation for both righteous action and the quiet mindfulness to be “in the moment.” It bears a deeply personal yet universal message that also weaves and winds into a musical scavenger hunt of Redwood City landmarks discovered on their walk. The present-tense construction of the lyrics puts the listener right there along with them, senses heightened.
The song revolves around a dichotomy of ideas grounded in the emotions of the moment. It feels eternal, yet passes too quickly. There is innocence, yet wisdom. Anxiety and longing, yet optimism. “And the walk home,” Kane sings, “can be a world its own.”
The band is releasing a video alongside the single, filmed in the beautiful environment in which it was written and inspired by. It stars Kane’s daughter and drummer Charlie Crabtree’s son, representing the innocence and freedom of childhood.
The Redwood City Education Foundation supports the children and families of the Redwood City School District and has established a COVID-19 Family Relief Fund to provide direct financial support to local families experiencing severe economic hardship due to COVID-19.