Hey guys, what's up? Hope you're having a great week! I've been working all day and right now I just want to sleep. Still, I promised myself I would keep writing these every Saturday, so here I am, although in a tired and unfocused mood.
I have been getting a lot of pennies for my songs, and I'm grateful for that. I have to say, I didn't expect the community to be this functional and helpful in bolstering small posters such as myself, I have to thank all the projects that have been giving me a push week after week, and especially the good @fedesox and his awesome token Mustakkio. It's really cool when you meet people who are really in love with this platform and do their best to create connections with people, not just numbers.
With that out of the way, today I'm going to follow my mood and post something slow, intimate, that I've felt especially close to me in a specific phase of my life. As always, I would love to see some of you reply with one or more songs that are meaningful to you, after all this is what this format is all about!
Relationship Status: It's Complicated
Whatever your taste in music might be, every now and then we all need to listen to something easy, familiar. At the same time, there are occasions in our lives when we just feel like wallowing with something intimate, romantic. Heartfelt. One of the few artists that have always done the trick, for me, is Damien Rice.
I've been listening to Damien Rice ever since his very first album, O (2002). It's kind of funny the way I got to know his music: I was one of those strange young dudes who dress in black tees and listen to metal all the time. I still hadn't grown a beard worthy of that name and I spent most of my time pretending to be a rebel and putting on a tough face for the world to see. For some reason, for the first time in my life, I found out that I had caught the attention of a strange, mostly unknown creature. A girl, they said it was called. So when things started to get serious, following a long tradition of strong and proud dudes before me, I panicked. I might have asked a, err, more experienced friend for some mentoring on good music to set the right mood. "You can't go wrong with Damien Rice" he said. Still, rather than using this groundbreaking discovery for licentious purposes, I ended up falling in love with his songs.
He is definitely the kind of artist that I would steer clear of, on paper. And yeah, he's just an Irish guy with a half-broken guitar who sings stuff about love and relationships. Yet, the way he's in touch with his feelings, his ability to write lyrics straight from the heart, with that special effect that only his metaphors are able to achieve...I don't know why, but I just feel his music and his words are right for me, most of the time. Maybe he just brings out my soft, cheesy side. I'm convinced we all have one of those.
The song I'm about to post is actually from his second album, 9. It's called Elephant. The whole first part of the album actually revolves around complicated feelings, routines, cheating. But this is definitely the song I'm most fond of, because when I first listened to it, it hit just the right spot. As it happens, I found myself madly in love with someone I was not supposed to be in love with. My reason told me to stay the course and ignore my feelings, and my heart, of course, told me the exact opposite. I went through some crazy months. In a way, this song is a counterpart to the very first song I posted, by Pain of Salvation. That song was about a strong, intimate desire for freedom, even when that freedom might end up destroying all we know; this one is about being pulled in two opposite directions. There's no freedom without choices.
I just have to post this version of the song, because I believe it's the most intimate, passionate rendition I've ever heard of it. I'm sorry for the guys talking before the song, and I just hate how the audience doesn't seem to give a shit about his singing.
My Weekly Addiction
As a little bonus, I'll just leave here the new single by Leprous. I've been waiting for this album for a long time. I just loved Malina and I hoped that they would follow the same direction with the new stuff. I was not disappointed, although the new song is not as effective as some of their old material. Even though during the song I thought it was kinda weak compared to my favorites, after the first listen I couldn't help but go AAaaaAaAAAAaaa for 10 minutes straight. It really doesn't get any more Leprous than that.
What about you, guys? Any songs that remind you of that one time you had that huge heartache? Any artists that you just love no matter what, even though they are really not that much up your alley? Let me know in the comments!
See ya next week!