I think I should go now I'm asleep before my red eyes match the sunrise No more coffee will put off the day It's still too long In the shadow of a doubt I need some sun It seems the time has turned to me once more But I have less now than before And when I feel my world falling down I think of you And when I feel I can't breathe no more You speak to me When the body's dark Smiled it's square shoulders with the night Relit the glowing embers of my own life Do you know? Your word could drag the moon down from the sky Seduce my frozen heart with your war cry You really made me listen for my voice And I have millions And when I feel my world falling down I think of you And when I feel I can't breathe no more You speak to me When you fell A single visionary thought befriends your blood Crimson lovers drowing in the sun flow I miss the beauty of your young black skin I thought that freedom Can only be defined as endless choice And I only listen to the logic of the loudest voice But this world... will be shaken by a whisper But this world... (And I will live with integrity) Will be shaken by a whisper (The peace inside) This world (And I will live with all honesty) Will be shaken by a whisper (The peace inside) (By a whisper)
There are certain albums that require some sincere listening before it grows on you. Laura Veirs' Saltbreakers is one such. Since there is so much music readily available today, it is very easy to dismiss songs which do not immediately graft themselves to our tastes. That is exactly what happened with me. Yet with a couple of more listens of the album (while doing something else), I quickly realize how good it is. The single Pink Light is probably the most notable because it gets more airplay. However many other tracks on the album: Nightingale, Wrecking, Don't Lose Yourself are also worth repeated play. The bonus track: Lake Swimming is so haunting that it is easily the best track on the album.
Again, who would have suspected.
NPR interview and live performance
Some people at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on March 23rd.
Badly Drawn Boy's set was semi electric and semi acoustic. Unfortunately his new material isn't as captivating as the soundtrack to "About a Boy". He is also working on material for a new soundtrack but wouldn't reveal (or wouldn't recall) to what movie.
Just some snaps of Teitur playing an acoustic set at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco on Feb 24th. No reviews this time. I liked his first album Poetry & Aeroplanes very much.
Some classic French songs:
An old friend shared these with me but warned that they may be very emotional.
I don't know where to start Say I'm tired or throw a party These cucumber eyes are lying the more that I smile about it. And all of my clothes feel like somebody's old throwaways I don't like it. It's good to be in love. It really does suit you Just like everything. I'm happy you're in love, 'Cause every colour goes where you do. I'm adoring you. It's all good. You're so beautiful. I'm black and blue all over. You're breaking my flow, how could you know what I'm saying about it When all of my clothes feel like somebody's old throwaways. I don't like it It's good to be in love. It really does suit you Just like everything. I'm happy you're in love, 'Cause every colour goes where you do. I feel so powerless I've got to stop it somehow oh come on, what can I do? Why's it happening? How's it happening without me? Why's it happening? How's it happening that he feels it without me? It's good to be in love. It really does suit you Just like everything. I'm happy you're in love, 'Cause every colour goes where you do. 'Cause every colour goes where you do...
If you can hear the acoustic piano version from Alice Music Volume 7 , it would simply take your breath away.
My favorite track from Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's MirrorMask .
If I apologized It wouldn't make it all unhappen Wouldn't make the darkness go away If I apologized It wouldn't mean I was forgiven It wouldn't mean you wanted me to stay But it's a dream When you seem to be walking into the sun Where on first, hurry haste And we still don't know what we're doing So we don't say anything If I apologized I don't suppose you'd even notice Even though I'd whisper it inside If I apologized We could be the perfect couple Well we could but only in my mind But if you ask for the mask Then we're tumbling through the dark But beware it's too late And we only had to be asked So we don't say anything Couldn't hurt to trust Couldn't hurt too much to try Stumbling across Couldn't hurt too much to fly
and it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to father time as i stared at my shoes in the ICU that reeked of piss and 409 and i rationed my breaths as i said to myself that i'd already taken too much today as each descending peep on the LCD took you a little farther away from me away from me amongst the vending machines and year old magazines in a place where we only say goodbye it's done like a violent wind that our memories depend on a faulty camera in our minds and i knew that you were a truth i would rather lose than to have never lain beside at all and i looked around at all the eyes on the ground as the tv entertained itself cos there's no comfort in the waiting room just nervous pacers bracing for bad news then the nurse comes round and everyone lifts their head but i'm thinking of what sarah said, that love is watching someone die so who's gonna watch you die so who's gonna watch you die so who's gonna watch you die
Death Cab for Cutie
(9/28/2006) The Gin Blossoms were playing with Shawn Mullins and Josh Kelley at Freebird out near Atlantic Beach. The venue was one block from the beach so getting the night air breeze was a treat. (I hope the guys took the opportunity either before or after the gig to enjoy the area) The crowd showing up for the show was small and they trickled in gradually as the night wore on. In total, there could not have been more than 100 people there. I was quite surprised because the Gin Blossoms were once a pretty big and famous band.
8:30 pm and Josh Kelley came up to play. It was two guys with acoustic guitars sitting on tall bar stools on stage. The music was southern blues and Josh was not a bad opener. Shawn Mullins came up next with an acoustic guitar and his bearded companion carried a small mandolin. Again two guys with guitars so it looked like it was going to be an acoutic night. Shawn Mullins played his well known hits: Lullaby and Shimmer. He told a funny story about how he wrote Lullaby after eating dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles. Mullins and his companion did justice to their set and I was surprised he wasn't headlining his own tour.
The Gin Blossoms hit the stage in electric gear. There are lots of young fans in the audience which surprised me. It has been almost 10 years since these guys' last big hit; these kids would have been in diapers then. Lead singer Robin Wilson was very obliging to the audience and took many a cell-phone and sang into it on stage. Their set included many of their famous staples:
Follow You Down, Allison Road, Hey Jealousy, Found Out About You
These were very nostalgic as each song reminded me of certain moments in my life. However, I have to admit that the music is dated. I'm not as excited to see them as I would have been 10 years ago. The show was decent but it does have the feel of a group trying to hang on to some past glory.
Found Out About You
Till I Hear It From You