sand is overrated

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

the nearness of you

we're here.
in the city.
for one more day.

tomorrow i'll go back.
to where i live.
but it isn't home.

ella fitzgerald and louis armstrong : "the nearness of you"
from the lp what a wonderful duet (jukebox entertainment, 2007)

it's not the pale moon that excites me
that thrills and delights me, oh no
it's just the nearness of you

it isn't your sweet conversation
that brings this sensation, oh no
it's just the nearness of you

when you're in my arms
and i feel you so close to me
all my wildest dreams came true

i need no soft lights to enchant me
if you'll only grant me the right
to hold you ever so tight
and to feel in the night the nearness of you

Saturday, February 14, 2009

love.

this story might seem a little too morbid to be posting on valentine's day, but i doubt you will come across any purer example of what love can truly mean...

death cab for cutie
: "i will follow you into the dark"
from the lp plans (atlantic, 2005)

love of mine
someday you will die
but i'll be close behind
i'll follow you into the dark
no blinding light
or tunnels to gates of white
just our hands clasped so tight
waiting for the hint of a spark

if heaven and hell decide
that they both are satisfied
and illuminate the "no"s
on their vacancy signs
if there's no one beside you
when your soul embarks
then i'll follow you into the dark

in catholic school
as vicious as roman rule
i got my knuckles bruised
by a lady in black
and i held my tongue
as she told me "son,
fear is the heart of love"
so i never went back

if heaven and hell decide
that they both are satisfied
and illuminate the "no"s
on their vacancy signs
if there's no one beside you
when your soul embarks
then i'll follow you into the dark

you and me
have seen everything to see
from bangkok to calgary
and the soles of your shoes
are all worn down
the time for sleep is now
but it's nothing to cry about
'cause we'll hold each other soon
in the blackest of rooms

if heaven and hell decide
that they both are satisfied
and illuminate the "no"s
on their vacancy signs
if there's no one beside you
when your soul embarks
then i'll follow you into the dark
then i'll follow you into the dark

Friday, February 13, 2009

you must decide to risk your heart

a few years back, i wrote a series of posts around valentine's day that expressed my cynicism about the commercialism of february 14, and how it should really just be another day. i still believe that every day should be a day that you adore your valentine, but my state of mind is a little different these days. i suppose it's all a matter of perspective. maybe every day can still be valentine's day, but february 14th can be just a little more special than the rest.

as i have documented on sand is overrated to some degree of familiarity, the journey to find the place that i always wanted to be was a difficult one, marred by wrong turns and unfortunate choices. two years ago, as i wrote those earlier posts, i was in the middle of that journey, frustrated and growing cynical. my change of heart from then to now, of course, can be directly attributed to the fact that i never lost my resolve to try, to risk my heart. and when we were both in places in our lives when we were ready for each other, she finally came and changed me back. today is not february 14th, but happy valentine's day, sweetie.

mint royale : "don't falter"
from the lp on the ropes (fontana mca, 2001)

i used to feel so sad
and think too slow and drink too fast
life had me blue and black
till someone came and changed me back

now you see life
these colors shimmering around you
you must decide
to risk your heart for love to find you

hey, don't falter
you know we ought to be together
strange, i saw ya, i sorta knew it was forever
please, stay with me
and never miss a chance to kiss me
babe, i love ya
when you're with me it's always summer

now everything is fine
because he is officially mine
and as long as we've got each other
it's gonna be officially summer
you're hypnotised
by these colours all around you
you must decide
to risk your heart for love to find you

hey, don't falter
you know we ought to be together
strange, i saw ya, i sorta knew it was forever
please, stay with me
and never miss a chance to kiss me
babe, i love ya
when you're with me it's always summer

it's only right
to have a little love around you
you must decide
to risk your heart

Sunday, February 08, 2009

favorite song -- "i still haven't found what i'm looking for"

october 17, 2007. i was 11 years old when i first heard the joshua tree. it was the first album that i ever really, truly loved. through the years each of the 11 tracks has probably been at one point my favorite song on the album, but the one that i always seem to come back to is "i still haven't found what i'm looking for". the song is without question bono's religious manifesto, something that i can relate to only superficially. but the thing that i love so much about music and art is that even in the face of such obvious personal meaning on the part of the artist, i can still take from it exactly what i want, exactly what i need to. no matter your religious beliefs, i think that most people can probably relate to feeling unfulfilled in some form or another. to feeling like, no matter the physical belongings one possesses or the satisfaction one takes from different aspects of their life, there is still one thing that is missing. to feeling the sentiment expressed by the song's title--"i still haven't found what i'm looking for". in so many ways i feel like i have lived a charmed life--loving family, personal successes, professional successes, it seems like good things have a way of finding me. but sometimes i do feel like i still haven't really found what i'm looking for.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

i was looking through my old posts the other day and stumbled across this draft of a post that i had written back in october, 2007, but never actually published. it was written during a time in my life when i had recently achieved a professional accomplishment which i am still proud of today, and was able to reflect back on my life with a lot of pride and satisfaction. but it was also during a time of great personal turmoil, in which i was coming to terms with the fact that the relationship i was in was not everything that i had hoped it would be. the post was written in a therapeutic sense, as a way for me to figure my own feelings out, and ends with the quality of an unfinished thought. it took me a little more time to finish the thought and face my reality, but i eventually did. i share this now because of how starkly these feelings and this song title contrast with my current state of mind, and provides a nice precursor to what is coming at the end of this week. i finally found what i was looking for...

u2 : "i still haven't found what i'm looking for"
from the lp the joshua tree (island, 1987)

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

i found my wave


sweden's air france have a penchant for eliciting a swell of emotion with very few words. although that emotion is usually joy, it is only natural that the greatest joys are most appreciated for the often-difficult journey that leads us to them. the video for "no excuses", directed by marcus soderlund, is a metaphor for this journey, for anything that is truly worth the effort to attain it. it is a metaphor for life. the surfer--alone, cold, and missing wave after wave--perseveres, getting back up after each and every failure. he jumps on each wave with courage, with purpose, with hope. and finally--finally, he finds the one that makes everything better and makes nothing else matter. the wave is perfect, the ride is smooth, and the sun comes out.

bliss.

air france : "no excuses"
from the ep no way down (sincerely yours, 2008)

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