December 7, 2013 and I’m still writing for the December blog post challenge! Remember, if you’re interested in following along, just click on the button and pick up for today, or tomorrow, or whichever day you like best!
A couple of weeks ago I reviewed Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. In that book there is Jane, who I felt so connected to. One of her defining lines was “Some people have a life; some people have music.”
She gets it right, because music is so much more than just words put to sound. It can speak to us in our darkest moments, highlight the beauty of the world when everything feels right, and help us keep our sanity when the world won’t be quiet.
Music is such a beautiful expression of art that it is difficult to put into words the value of music. Putting on headphones and getting lost in someone else’s lyrics, their poetry, is wonderful and freeing. Music is access by so many now that in a lot of ways the influence of music is spreading faster than ever.
Usually, for me, music is more about lyrics than songs or beats, or even bands (though, as with all things, there are a few exceptions to this rule).
Exceptions to the rule: 1. Snow Patrol: They came to me in a time that I was young and willing to change. I’ve seen them live, gotten sick at their concert, and made some really great memories with my Aunt Niki listening to them.
2. Pierce the Veil: This band screams and sounds a little angry, but when I was going through a darker phase in my life their lyrics were like an antidote to poison.
3. John Mayer: His music is so powerful. I love the way his voice sounds and the way his lyrics are so honest that it is painful.
4. Jack’s Mannequin: I don’t know how to explain my feelings for Jack’s. There have been so many memories built around this band. They were the great connector between friends and I love them and my heart hurts when I think about them breaking up.
Now, for the lyrics that have spoken to me recently.
1. Tired Pony- “I’m Begging You Not To Go”
Our shoes kicked off side by side like they are dancing The dark wood floor feels so cold under our feet I am begging you not to go [x2]
We’re the last to fall all around us sleeping bodies Drunken satellites in the orbit of our earth In the gentle night little whispers draw us closer So close to touch in the frayed collapsing light…
2. Snow Patrol- “The Planets Bend Between Us”
The shells crack under our shoes Like punctuation points The planets bend between us A hundred million suns and stars The sea filled in this silence Before you sank those words And now even in the darkness I can see how happy you are
I will race you to the waterside And from the edge of Ireland shout out loud So they could hear it in a America It’s all for you
3. Jack’s Mannequin- “The Mixed Tape”
Where are you now? As I’m swimming through the stereo I’m writing you a symphony of sound Where are you now? As I rearrange the songs again This mix could burn a hole in anyone But it was you I was thinking of
4. Pierce the Veil- “Bulledproof Love”
I breathe you in with smoke in the backyard lights (backyard lights), we used to laugh until we choked into the wasted nights (wasted nights). It was the best time of my life, but now I sleep alone (sleep alone), So darling, don’t, don’t wake me up, ’cause my thrill is gone. (Say I’m wrong) and the sunset turning red behind the smoke, forever and alone.
5. The Early November- “In Currents”
Tonight is a moment I will carve in the back yard, And try to regrow it, with the seeds set in concrete. Just don’t let it slip away, let the currents take control. Can’t fight the time, the tide’s coming back you know.
Life is an ocean and it moves like this. So you get what you ask for. In love with the currents jerking from your hands All you want, all you’re after.
Okay, I’m done now. I could keep going forever and ever. It’s always funny to me when my learners say that they don’t like poetry. Music is poetry, people!
So, what speaks to your soul? Share some lyrics with me people!