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

In Excelsis Deo by There Will Be Fireworks

In Excelsis Deo by There Will Be Fireworks

New Christmas songs that aren’t cutesy and irritating – and aren’t remakes of the old good chorals – are hard to come by. And until now, there’s probably never been a seasonal Christmas song that could be added to a non-seasonal playlist.  Enter the song In Excelsis Deo by the Glasgow-based band There Will Be Fireworks.In Excelsis Deo by There Will Be Fireworks

What’s so brilliant about this song is the way it actually captures the mood we get when we go home for Christmas.  That special mood where the world has kind of stopped and you’re taken back in time to Continue reading “In Excelsis Deo by There Will Be Fireworks”

Photo from the Vevo video for the song Missed the Boat, by Modest Mouse.

Missed the Boat by Modest Mouse

Good Lord.

If there was ever a song to listen to after these elections. No matter which way you voted or didn’t vote.

Whenever I’m irritated at myself or other people (which is often), I listen to the song “Missed The Boat” by Modest Mouse, because it reminds me to stop taking everything so seriously.

Photo from the Vevo video for the song Missed the Boat, by Modest Mouse.

The lyrics are perfectly self-deprecating in such a way that hearing them actually reminds me that I’m not such a bad person after all.  We can all suck! Continue reading “Missed the Boat by Modest Mouse”

Summer Jets by Iain Archer

Summer Jets by Iain Archer aches with the grief of a lost love… and damned but his phrasing is unique and amazing. He can take one word and work it into multiple notes and moods. Just one word. Difficult. Feeling. Over. Skyward. There’s brilliance in how Archer phrases words that seem really impossible to put to this particular music, but yet, he does.
Photo from the MUZU video of Summer Jets by Iain Archer

But then he takes that genius a step further by using this unique metaphor of summer jet trails standing for love lost. He’s talking about the end of Continue reading “Summer Jets by Iain Archer”

Rose by Dark Horse District

Dark Horse District has, perhaps, the coolest name for a band. Well, I like it anyway.  And I like the songs they’re churning out, even if they are only on EP’s right now.  My favorite song of theirs is “Never Was,” but following at a close second is “Rose,” which is an absolute spot-on, perfect wedding song.
Dark Horse District - song and lyrics for Rose
The meaning of “Rose” is fairly apparent and doesn’t really need to be broken down, except, perhaps, in the beginning… Continue reading “Rose by Dark Horse District”

Never Was by Dark Horse District

Never Was by Dark Horse District is obviously a song about grief. From there, I’d have to be able to read the songwriter’s mind to say for a fact that I knew what this song means. But I’m no mind reader. So, essentially, this is an eisegesis – the interpretation of a word or passage by reading into it one’s own ideas…. (and, no, don’t … Continue reading Never Was by Dark Horse District