Saturday, September 30, 2006


"Warming her wrists in promising water, somebody's love, another one's daughter"...That is from a Jets to Brazil song called "Conrad" and it is about a girl who commits suicide. There have been many songs about suicide, why does this one effect me the way it does? I've thought about that so many times. Why do certain songs about love or suicide or death, (songs with topics that are so general and have been done so many times), why do certain songs hit me harder than others? I think the answer is perspective, a point of reference that is unfamiliar to you, a new way of looking at something. "Walk a mile in my shoes." To be able to see things from another point of view is so important. To be opened up to a new way of seeing the world, seeing a relationship, seeing an action that upon first glance is unjustified. It's not so much that the key to understanding lies in resignation of your own opinion or idea, but that it can be enhanced and enlightened when other ideas and opinions are recognized from the source which they come from. It can be uncomfortable and in a certain ways it can shake your foundation, it has for me...but that can only lead to a strengthening of where my heart started from, and where my head has been. It's crazy how something so threatening, or frightening can lead to a place of security in who you are, or who you love. Maybe it will lead you to a place of even more turmoil, but at the same time, it is so worth it if you are to grow into someone to has a firm two feet to stand on. How can anyone be comfortable and settle into something while being meant to grow at the same time. Growth in every manner is painful--physical, emotional, spiritual, etc.
"And the greater the agitation, the greater the confusion and effort it cost me to accept the new impressions, the dearer they were to me, the more delightful they rocked my entire soul. All at once, suddenly, they crowded into my heart without allowing any rest. A strange sort of chaos began to disturb the whole of my being. But this spritual turbulence did not havethe capacity or the power to upset me completely. I was too dreamy, and this saved me."--Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Poor Folk"


Blogger Heidi said...

I love songs like that...that just strike a chord in you for some reason. My younger sister made me a mix from her iTunes a long while back with a song written by a guy I went to highschool with. He wrote it and sang it at his girlfriend's funeral...she had battled skin cancer at a very young age. "She came, she saw, she had everything and gave it all to fight for her life." Those are just a few of the words. ANd even though they're so simple, the song just wouldn't ever leave my head and I couldn't seem to escape the beautiful tune. A month after I was introduced to this song, my sister (the same one) was diagnosed with skin cancer-stage three (out of four). She's 21. Talk about perspective. She fought through 3 months of hard-core chemo here at the best Cancer Institute in the country--Hunstman Cancer Institute in SLC, UT! She's my hero. That song has become more that just a beautiful tribute to a girl who I never knew.
Watching my sister battle this terrifying monster changed my life. This scary reality hit our family like a ton of bricks...or maybe like a thousand tons. But somehow in the end, it brought us closer than we've ever been. Unfortunate that it takes events like these to jerk us out of our daily routines and help us realize (or remember, really) that the most vital part of our lives are people. Family. Loved ones.
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”-Maya Angelou

11:37 PM

Anonymous Lem said...

Hey, dood. Saw you guys when you were down @ the House of Blues in San Diego. Rocked it.

I know this is off topic, but I'm sorta a tech-head. I love Mae's sound and was wondering what pickups your tend to favor in your guitars or if you just stick with the stock sound. I'd appreciate your feedback.

4:33 PM

Blogger Zach said...

lem, i have the standard gibson pickups in my les paul, and i put a seymour duncan 59 or something in my fender telecaster. i forget exactley, it was a while ago.

7:38 PM

Blogger help liberate rhode island they need our help! said...

those songs are over done.and that is what kids are listening to these days.i wish kids had better taste in music.

9:03 AM


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