This song has been popping up now and again for me, I decided to pick In the Waiting line this week as it speaks to my current state the most.
When something is born it has its own pace, rhythm, truth. Given the time and opportunity to be itself, it will thrive. When in this space, it speaks to us completely, only giving, sharing without want. It is intensely beautiful and moving, it is exquisite.
Perfectly executed, Nick Cave has felt the truth of this exceptional piece, leaving out all the things which oppose its nature.
This week’s track is a cover of Nirvana’s In Bloom, which appeared on the Nevermind album. I really loved Nirvana for years, and am still very fond of their music. Not unusual, I was an angry, bored and trouble making teenager, looking for an outlet and escape from my reality. The emotion expressed through the raw sound of Nirvana consistently gave me a way to release some angst without really dealing with it - awesome. The first album I ever owned was In Utero - awesome.
Silverchair are an Australian band which formed in 1992, when I was 12 years old and so were they, I was wide eyed for sure – Wow! How cool is that! Initially, and briefly calling themselves the Innocent Criminals, the three young men, Daniel Johns guitar and vocals, Ben Gillies on Drums and Chris Joannou on Bass went on to win major awards regularly. Rolling Stone ranked Daniel Johns at number 18 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 25 Most Underrated Guitarists.
Sometimes you forget musicians are real people, I know I do when I hear the clean craft of Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson. Absolutely unique, their sound blends pre war hill country and delta blues with early Australian folk and traditional Celtic styles. Hat Fitz an Australian bluesman and Cara, born in Ireland, were drawn to music independently developing their own style before meeting and creating a new sound together. Hat Fitz on guitar, Cara on fife and drums the duo effortlessly create and deliver real emotion and truth. Power is the first track on the Wiley Ways Album, voted Blues Album of The Year 2012 by the Australian Blues Awards.
It is an accepted practice to talk about bad news, what’s wrong with the world, what we don’t like about it and whose fault it is. And it is usually expected that we will listen. I don’t want to listen to blame, I don’t regularly watch the news, I don’t read the paper everyday. I don’t have to accept that what you are saying is the truth, I don’t have to engage in a conversation about what is wrong in the world and who made it wrong. I will talk to you about what is real to you, in a real way. This doesn’t always mean happiness, but it does mean truth.
Even when you don’t know what it is, your path, your purpose, your dream, you can feel it when you are getting close, you feel light, you feel good like anything is possible. That’s hope, hope for a better day than yesterday and a better day tomorrow, and when it is better you can learn to trust that feeling. It feels good to feel good. You get faith in that feeling and faith in yourself.
A good friend of mine suggested this track for the Ocean playlist recently. No, that’s not right, really he, and his are part of our family, showing up when I was hard to be around and staying, just to be there, not forcing me to be “ok”. That makes this track even more meaningful to me. It means that he is in a really good place, he can see what he has in his life and he is grateful. It also means that others can see that I am happy and I am grateful, and so can I.
I remember hearing at the time how this beautiful ballad was created. The Piano melody written first by Mike Mills, then recorded onto a cassette tape, Stipe playing the circular melody over and over while driving around for about a week bought forth the lyrics and attached them to this beautiful tune, describing a time gone by “These things they go away, replaced by everyday”.
This week Lemon Jelly bring us Space Walk, featuring Astronaut Ed White describing his experiences during his space walk in 1965. I love that line “I’m letting go”. On first hearing it, it struck me how easy he made it sound.
From the Album, Based on a True Story, the Gentlemen at Fat Freddy’s deliver to us a powerful message, without ego straight from the heart, to me this is truth. Can I see myself in that split second before I speak in anger, and decide to speak from the heart without the need to win, can i speak my truth? Maybe….sometimes.
Come one, come all! Performing for one night only! Every night! You are officially invited to the Great Gig In The Sky!
To get there, set your intent to reach the infinite, close your eyes and fly through the sky, through the stars and keep going. You will know when you have arrived, you will feel your body sing.
This week Willie Nelson brings us Blue Skies, in his easy way, with an honest guitar, it is true and moving.
What a nice place to be, love changes our world so much, in love and, with the one you love…..its hard to beat.
Jolie Holland creates a world of wonder and magic, bringing us scenes of her dreams in this beautiful track – Darlin Ukulele.
She sees through the things around her, to the things she doesn’t have, focused on this it becomes her world. Down, down, down she goes...
He sings of clouds, moonbeams and riding the wind, Jimmy Hendrix, the one and only, not only a master on the guitar also a thought provoking songwriter. So what is he talking about? I think this is about vulnerability, beautiful girls he meets along the way that are willing to be open and vulnerable with him. Not only physically, but emotionally. These women stand out from the crowd in a good way, even though he believes they will meet with pain through their openness.
The gentle delivery of this message makes me think of an easy love coming to us from the sky. Yeah I know, oversimplified and a bit childish, I would have been a young child when first hearing this song.
After my son’s calm birth, things pretty quickly changed – normal right? It felt a bit like I was in another dimension. How the hell could I be 36 years old and not know anything about babies??? I know! I’ll google it!!
This song talks about change and waking up, how are they linked? When we sleep our senses are dulled, our eyes shut, we relax and allow for a rest period, sometimes dreaming but not always remembering or understanding them, safe in our chosen shelter.
Can you hear the call of the Eagle? It soars through the sky, without thought it deftly moves through the air with only the slightest movements, instinctively carried out to follow the currents of air and be carried up up and away, maybe spot something in the waves to eat, maybe in the low coastal grasses, which are windswept and hearty showcasing the wind as each blade moves in response to its mood.
I can just see it now, big stage in a 1950’s club, say the Copacabana in Manhattan or The Flamingo in Vegas. A low ceiling and lighting to match, smoke rising to rest up high from cigarettes sold by beautiful women with full trays, back when smoking didn’t give you cancer, cigarettes were prescribed by doctors along with LSD.