Simon Liddell, Susie Smillie, Graeme Smillie, Jonny Scott and Jamie Savage - band members of Olympic Swimmers

Pears and Apples – Olympic Swimmers

I have landed in Utopia today, but landed totally confused. By accident, I happened upon a band named Olympic Swimmers (Glasgow, Scotland), and yet it doesn’t appear as if many other folks have discovered them – at least not many Americans (not yet). How can this be? The voice of Susie Smillie just melts me. Good God, when she belts out the word “on” in the … Continue reading Pears and Apples – Olympic Swimmers

Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert

Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert This song by Micah Gilbert (an American musician born in Athens, who now lives in Scotland) is a beautiful reminder – or an urging, rather – to stop carrying the heavy pain we feel. Sometimes it just feels so damned comfortable to accept the role of the victim. You’ve been hurt. It hurts. It’s so unfair. Sometimes we really do … Continue reading Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert

Morning Parade Headlight Lyrics and Song Meaning

Headlights—Morning Parade

Morning Parade is one of the all-encompassing great bands right now.  You won’t find any gimmicks here, just solid band goodness.   The lead singer, Steve Sparrow (he also plays piano and guitar) belts out songs that will make you say, “Yeah, Steve.  I’ll wash your dishes and clean your floors for the rest of your life if you’ll just sing for me.”   Phil Titus (bass), Chad Thomas (guitar) and Ben Giddings (piano/synths) certainly deserve praise, of course. Yet the drummer, Andrew Hayes,  wow… he just drives me crazy with love.  He goes off on a tangent without taking away from the music, which is a rarity.  It’s as if the rest of the band has said, “Okay, just ignore Andy and let him do his thing… he’s perfect that way.”  And he is. In fact, he opens almost every song….. Hayes drums and then the band lets loose. Continue reading “Headlights—Morning Parade”