I wanted to write about the debate last night and how poorly President Obama did (what a disappointment), but the new job is sucking the energy and creative juices out of me. (My job involves designing and defining new systems, and it involves considerable writing and herding of cats.)
In the meantime, enjoy this musical interlude involving two favorite pieces of two favorite artists.
First up, David Gray, a fairly recent discovery for me (about the time his Draw the Line album came out). This piece, Let the Truth Sting, comes from his first album, A Century Ends. (Interestingly, his first two albums are entirely acoustic, yet—to my ear—they don’t sound entirely acoustic. Impressive!)
Pay attention to the lyrics; they’re awesome and one reason this is a favorite!
What I say, what I think
what I put down in ink
I’m only trying to find a way to understand
and I mean no harm
I’m just searching for calm
in the storm of mankind
Do you find it there
in the sea of faces
that drowns you everyday
or in the silence and rubble and empty spaces
where children and rottweilers play
is it buried in the praise
given so cheap
with a meaningless movement of the jaws
in the looking glass
that flatters you
or in the rattle of hollow applause
Blind circle, moon and sun body willing, mind undone
one pain ending while another begins
lies, ruin disease
into wounds like these
let the truth sting
Next up, an old friend by one of my favorite jazz artists, Bob James. This piece, Valley of the Shadows, is from his album, One. When I was a film student in college, I wanted to do a film to this piece. It’s so incredibly evocative and almost visual. You can easily imagine the scary journey through the dark valley that ends with a difficult climb into the light.
The way the piece ends with a riff on A Mighty Fortress at the end, and on such a harmonic, melodic tone after the dissonance of the “valley” gives me chills every time I hear it. I hope you enjoy it as well!
I’ll be back when I have enough energy to think straight and type without constant corrections! (You can tell I’m exhausted: no pictures, no links!)
Stay thirsty, my friends!