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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Holocene" is a clean single in the way that most alternative songs are: it contains very little profanity (just one "f--k"), only one very muted reference to what may or may not be marijuana, and no graphic descriptions of either sex or violence. While the lyrics have a slightly obscure, melancholy feel ("And at once I knew I was not magnificent") that may go over the heads of younger ears, the track is an overall OK choice for older tweens and teens.
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What's the story?
\"HOLOCENE\" is the Grammy-nominated single from alternative darling Bon Iver (a.k.a. Justin Vernon). The brooding song, which describes memories of times past and ruminations on life, includes only a brief few paragraphs-worth of lyrics, most of which are clean yet obscure in that alt-rock way.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what Bon Iver may have meant by the line "And at once I knew I was not magnificent." Does this line strike you as a mature outlook on the limits of being human, or a lack of self-confidence? Why?
Are you surprised that this relatively-unknown artist received a Grammy nomination? How does being nominated for or winning a major award change a musician's career?
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