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August 08, 2007

Whisper

    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) 
Solvo featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw
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July 04, 2007

Veirs

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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.

Additional Info:
NPR interview and live performance

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March 26, 2007

Badly Drawn Boy in SF

Some people at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on March 23rd.
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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.

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March 14, 2007

Teitur

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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.

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March 11, 2007

Old Music

Some classic French songs:

An old friend shared these with me but warned that they may be very emotional.

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February 07, 2007

It's Good to be in Love

    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... 

Frou Frou

Frou Frou - It's good to be in love on YouTube

If you can hear the acoustic piano version from Alice Music Volume 7 , it would simply take your breath away.

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January 24, 2007

If I Apologized

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
Performed by Josefine Cronholm and Ashley Slater
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October 09, 2006

What Sarah Said

    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

Death Cab for Cutie - What she said on YouTube

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October 03, 2006

The Gin Blossoms at Freebird

(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.

smullins.jpg 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.

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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

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