I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the pain The only thing thatís real The needle tears a hole The old familiar sting Try to kill it all away But I remember everything [Chorus] What have I become? My sweetest friend Everyone I know Goes away in the end You could have it all My empire of dirt I will let you down I will make you hurt I wear my crown of shit On my liarís chair Full of broken thoughts I cannot repair Beneath the stain of time The feeling disappears You are someone else I am still right here [Chorus] If I could start again A million miles away I would keep myself I would find a way
by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
Doesn't that just give you goosebumps when you listen to the song or mull over the lyrics? Do you like the Nine Inch Nails or the Johnny Cash version?
Apparently Trent's lyrics resound with Johnny as well. The feelings evoked as you sing along are similar to the feelings of desperation . There is no ego here, only the realization of a life gone wrong. And a hopeless wish that it all could have been done different.
In some ways, the sentiment is pretty similar to Mindy Smith - Down in Flames
These are some of the albums which have laid claims on much of my music listening time for the past few months. There were many more which I have sifted through but (like the previous theme), I find myself coming back to these again and again.
Anna Nalick - Wreck of the Day
I first encountered Anna's music through one of the episodes of Joan of Arcadia. The title track Wreck of the Day still grabs when I suggest it to someone who haven't heard it. At initial listening to this album, the only stand out tracks are the singles "Wreck of the Day" and "Breathe (2AM)". However, as I continue to listen to it, Anna's voice is very strong and mature. The strength of her lyrics as well as the uniqueness of her voice is very compelling that I find myself listening to the album again and again without tiring of it. Other notable tracks are: "Citadel", "Satellite", and "In the Rough".
Death Cab for Cutie - Plans
Initially these guys sound like Keane . Their blend of piano and pop makes for music that are easy on the ears. Recently, they could be seen on Comedy Central - Last Laugh 2005 playing their single: Soul Meets Body. I have read that these guys started off in Seattle. Certainly they have grown beyond that now and are becoming quite mainstream. Other notable tracks are: Brothers on a Hotel Bed, Your Heart is an Empty Room. Listening to them more, Death Cab for Cutie certainly has a unique sound of their own.
Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman's Woman
Emiliana has been around for a long time. Certainly at one time or another you must have heard her voice in some contemporary TV show or movie. The child-like nature of her voice dominates the songs that she sings and the accompanying music are but props to the centerpiece that is her voice. Today has been OK brings forward a cathartic sense of stability for those who are wounded. For the minute space of this song, you can listen to it and let the world go on its way. The rest of the album seem to play around the theme of a Fisherman's life. It is quiet, subdued, and slow.
Emiliana Torrini - At Least It Was
Tori Amos - The Beekeeper
Tori is practically a goddess to many people. She certainly is a giant among music makers and her discography stacks well against your bookcase. At the very least, she has my respect for her longevity and dedication to her music. Like any musicians who are able to last, the unique ability is her haunting and grabbing voice. Martha's Foolish Ginger and Sleeps with Butterflies cradles your emotions at every listen. Like every album, not every track is a keeper. Everyone has different tastes. However, this album is very playful and many tracks are worth listening to again and again. Some examples are: The Power of Orange Knickers and Goodbye Pisces.
Tori Amos - Sleeps with Butterflies
Other albums to jot about:
This is from a person who has got quite a few years under him. As the years pass and musical trends move from one thing to another, I notice what whenever certain songs are listened to... they are still very enjoyable. I won't go as far as calling certain songs timeless, but there are songs which really seem that way. For me, the songs evoke memories and emotions of particular times in this simple life of mine. They are treasured for that specific aspect. How about starting a song list recommendation? This thread can be the start of your favorite song list . The format can simply be “artist - song title”
See the animal in it's cage that you built Are you sure what side you're on? Better not look him too closely in the eye Are you sure what side of the glass you are on? See the safety of the life you have built Everything where it belongs Feel the hollowness inside of your heart And it's all Right where it belongs [Chorus] What if everything around you Isn't quite as it seems? What if all the world you think you know Is an elaborate dream? And if you look at your reflection Is it all you wanted to be? What if you could look right through the cracks? Would you find yourself Find yourself afraid to see? What if all the world's inside of your head Just creations of your own? Your devils and your gods All the living and the dead And you really are alone You can live in this illusion You can choose to believe You keep looking but you can't find the woods While you're hiding in the trees
by Nine Inch Nails
Was anyone ever an existentialist? Ages ago in my idealistic years at the university, I had many friends who were very much into Jean-Paul Sarte and Friedrich Nietzsche. The lyrics of this song lean a lot towards existentialism; don't you agree?
I was just reading the current issue of Rolling Stones featuring Sheryl Crow and Fiona Apple. It covers how and why Fiona took 7 years to complete her current recently released album. I am a fan of Fiona and was listening to the album about 2 months ago. Unfortunately I didn't find it to be anything special. On the other hand, I came across someone I haven't encountered before. Her name is Sia and the famous track is called Breathe Me from the finale of Six Feet Under. Below are the lyrics from the song.
Help, I have done it again I have been here many times before Hurt myself again today And the worst part is there's noone else to blame [chorus] Be my friend, hold me Wrap me up, un-fold me I am small, and needy Warm me up, and breathe me Ouch, I have lost myself again Lost myself and I am nowhere to be found Yeah, I think that I might break Lost myself again and I feel unsafe
Now here you go again You say you want your freedom Well who am I to keep you down? It's only right that you should Play it the way you feel it But listen carefully to the sound Of your loneliness Like a heartbeat... drives you mad In the stillness of remembering what you had And what you lost... And what you had... And what you lost... Thunder only happens when it's raining Players only love you when they're playing Say... women... they will come and they will go When the rain washes you clean... you'll know Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions I keep my visions to myself It's only me Who wants to wrap around your dreams, and... Have you any dreams you'd like to sell? Dreams of loneliness... Like a heartbeat... drives you mad... In the stillness of remembering What you had... And what you lost... What you had... And what you lost... Thunder only happens when it's raining Players only love you when they're playing Say... women... they will come and they will go When the rain washes you clean... you'll know You will know... Oh, you'll know...
by Stevie Nicks
This has been my favorite song since I was in high school. Who knew, Stevie was also a San Jose State Alumni.
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