Archive for November, 2012

Paloma Faith :: Fall To Grace

Posted: November 30, 2012 in Albums
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Paloma Faith :: Fall to Grace
Release Date: 2012.12.04
Pre-Order: CD w/ autographed booklet
Available on Amazon: Album | CD

This album literally became my “saving grace.” I stumbled on it at a time when I was trying to sort out various relationship issues. There wasn’t much I could do about said issues at the time which made them worse. I was frustrated, a little bit scared, mostly insecure. That’s when Paloma swept me off my feet and carried me to a better place (mentally).

The first song I heard was “Picking Up the Pieces,” incidentally the first single, also the first track on the album. The first few lines… were exactly what I was thinking at the time. It was eerie. Downright creepy. It scared me.

Do you think of her when you’re with me?
Repeat the memories you made together, whose face do you see?
Do you wish I was a bit more like her?
Am I too loud? I play the clown to cover up all these doubts

As the song went on, it just got worse. Every word, every thought, every fear. Right there, laid out by this angelic, soulful voice that delved straight into my muddled head, pulling everything out into sharp focus. (more…)

Matt Nathanson :: Falling Apart

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Songs
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Matt Nathanson :: Falling Apart
Available on Amazon: MP3 | Album | CD

Relationships take work. There are inevitable ups and downs. I’ve got loads of songs for the highs but this one never fails to catch me during the lows. It keeps me from crashing. And reminds me why I want to get back up and keep going.

Maybe it’s because I’m crazy
Maybe it’s because I just can’t honestly tell you want I want

How many fights are the result of misunderstanding? How many arguments end up heated because you start (figuratively) throwing everything including the kitchen sink at each other until you’re both (emotionally) bruised? How many clashes are due to insecurity or fear because one or both of you can’t admit it? Words fail. Emotions reign. That’s when things start to feel crazy. (more…)

Band-Aid :: Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Compilation Album: Now That’s What I Call Christmas
– Available on Amazon: MP3 | CD

It’s that time of year again. Here’s a holiday blast from the past. This is my favorite time of year and of course, I have a corresponding soundtrack to share.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was my #1 Christmas song growing up. I was very much into Culture Club and Duran Duran. Watching Boy George and John Taylor sing in the same video was one of the highlights of my musical childhood. I wasn’t much into Simon. Apparently, I was already into bassists. Back in grade school, I found a used vinyl at a school fair once and hugged it all the way home.

It’s still as moving as when I first heard it. (more…)

Rascal Flatts :: Bless the Broken Road

Posted: November 21, 2012 in Songs
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Rascal Flatts :: Bless the Broken Road
Available on Amazon: MP3 | Album | CD

On Thanksgiving eve, I’d like to celebrate the people who have been in my life- past, present, even future. Even though this is technically a love song for one, I’d like to expand the meaning to include all those who have taken my hand, who’ve stood by me and dusted me off when I’ve fallen.

I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road

I’m not sure I believe in the concept of true love. The last time I tried to make it work, it almost ruined me. It was selfish in many ways. I ended up pushing away and even hurting those who tried to help. For this concept of “love,” I lost people, I lost myself. By the time I realized it, it was almost too late.

But I got lost a time or two, wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you

I was just figuring out who I was when I got married. (more…)

Kagrra, :: うたかた [Utakata]

Posted: November 19, 2012 in Songs
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Kagrra, :: うたかた [Utakata]
Available on CD Japan: Single | Album [Limited Edition w/ DVD]
DVD: Peace & Smile Carnival 10th Anniversary Concert – 2009.01.03

Haunting and beautiful, this song blends traditional and modern Japanese music styles to create an exquisite work of art. From the first notes, it’s already clear that this cannot be anything but extraordinary. The koto is introduced, delicate, ethereal, bringing the rest of the instruments in. The verses are a delicate exploration of lost love and longing, anchored by a dynamic bass line, steady guitars, and the delicate interplay of classical violin and traditional koto. Singer Isshi’s voice may be a bit jarring at first but it works well with the music, providing contrast to the sweeping background. The instrumental evokes the musical equivalent of a waterfall, again led by the koto and finished by the lead guitar. The final chorus explodes into the climax, the epic soundtrack that leads to the finale.

One of two scenarios enter my mind whenever this song comes on. (more…)