Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert

Eriskay, South Uist, Scotland
Eriskay, South Uist, Scotland

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 just need to yell and scream, fists to the sky. It’s part of the process when we get hurt.

But what do you really want to do with all that pain? We miss so much when we try to control all of the horse-powered negative energy we’ve created inside of us when we are hurt.

Just as the trees can’t control the storms, neither can we. But like trees, we, too, can let the storms blow by, because eventually they will. There will always be storms, but after any storm, there is always another day, another perfect moment.

This is a pretty perfect moment by Micah Gilbert.

The blue horizon
Sees another sun
Rising slow
From ashes into dawn
The pink and the grey
Marching on the day
The humbling wind
Blows across your face

(The songs starts with hope. All that crap that happened yesterday is in the past.  It’s a new day. The message is obvious, but the wording is deliciously new poetically setting a gorgeous mood.)

Go on and sing your ghost songs
If they help you
Make your pain subside

(Go on, be the victim, if you feel you need that. You might need it for a moment, but then what?)

Feel the earth beneath your fingers
As you holler at the sky

(Of course, get it outscream out your pain.)

Tell your haunted dreams to the trees
Share them with the wind
Let your burdens go
And fall away
You can’t carry them

(In the end, no matter what, it’s just better to let all the pain go. You are, after all, part of this universe. The trees stand, the winds blow, all through terrifying storms, yet they still remain, as do you. The winds blow away, the trees drop their leaves, new changes come… you can’t continue to carry your old pain with you if you want to really live your life in a beautiful way.)

The hour here
Has finally come undone
What is it now
That keeps you on the run
A tumbling weed
That cannot find it’s place

(Okay, so finally everything has hit rock bottom, right? So why are you still running as if there is more from which to run? You’ve become like a tumbling weed that has no direction. You’re just out there… you and your fears and pain and anger, are all out there with no direction.)
Let the horses run
Let go of the reigns

(Stop trying to control all that negative power you’ve generated.  Let all those powerful emotions gofree to run away like the wild horses.)

Go on and sing your ghost songs
If they help you make your pain subside
Feel the earth beneath your fingers
As you holler at the sky
Tell your haunted dreams to the trees
Share them with the wind
Let your burdens go and fall away
You can’t carry them

(Again, we have to go through the process of experiencing all this stuff, but in the end, remember that the pain needs to be taken off your shouldersand you are the only one who can do that.)

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Even though this song is one of a kind, if you have to put it into a category, think in terms of the Beatles or the Eagles.
The song is inspired by Suzanne.

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”

Missed the Boat by Modest Mouse

Photo from the Vevo video for the song 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.
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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 use that word or people will think you’re a jackass… I only did because I learned it in college once and I finally found a place for it….nanner!).

Soooooo. My interp. “Never Was” is obviously a song about grief.

This is about a mother and son and the regrets they both had with her death – her regret of leaving this life without him having had a chance to know her, and him being put on this earth without ever knowing her.

The son yearns for the unconditional love only a mother can give: “And will I ever hear the symphonies of love?”

The clue that at least part of this is a song from the mother is that this person was never the child’s father, daughter or son.

And her sadness of not getting to know him is palpable: “I never knew your ire. I never heard your joy. I never felt your tears.”

His response is full of questions about what life was like for her.” And will I feel hands tired?” the ways her hands became tired in life.

And will he always be searching for her: “And will I crawl for years?And will I know you’re near? Oh, will I speak your name?”

The mother tells him that her biggest regret wasn’t dying. It was the thought that he might not know she loved him: “The hours I’ve watched your face…has every moment gone to waste?” Her “darkened time” was “faced.”

He, though, has a full life ahead of him.

His response is: “I never had your thoughts. I never had your eyes.
I never had your road.” In fact, he never even had her long enough to “tire” her arms.”

And he wants to know her. He aches and longs to feel his mother. Life began with her, and, metaphorically, as this time in his life is full of struggles, feeling her love and comfort is what he needs: “Put me back into the ground, reaching for the life I found.”

He laments not knowing her. She laments not knowing him.
“I never had your faults
I never had your rights
I never had your roads….”

And there is the hope of reincarnation. For them both. Let her have another chance. And let him have a chance to get out of this sadness. “Another time around spin you back into the ground
reaching for life I’ve found. ”

Or…..it’s about some guy making a sandwich.

The Complete Lyrics to Never Was by Dark Horse District

I never was your father.
I never was your daughter.
I never was your son.

I never knew your ire.
I never heard your joy.
I never felt your tears.

And will I feel hands tired?
And will I crawl for years?
And will I know you’re near?

Oh will I speak your name?
And will I ever hear
the symphonies of love?

Another time around
spin you back into the ground
reaching for life I’ve found.

The darkened time is fate.
The hours I’ve watched your face,
has every moment gone to waste?

I never had your thoughts
I never had your eyes
I never had your road nnnoooo

Ohhhhh I never tired your arms
Put me back into the ground
Reaching for the life I found

The darkened time is faced.
The hours I’ve watched your face,
has every moment gone to waste?

I never had your faults
I never had your rights
I never had your roads…. Nooooo

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As far as I can tell, you can only purchase Never Was on iTunes. There is no video for Never Was by Dark Horse District.

But do go listen to Rose by Dark Horse District.

For more music by Dark Horse District, read about Rose.