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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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 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