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I saw this band play at a local movie theater turned bar/concert venue (so long ago few remember) a week ago(ish) without knowing much about them. In the days leading up to the show, I crammed for the quiz with hours of listening to their catalog on Spotify. I was truly amazed I hadn’t run across them in my years of being a music lover.

The night of the show as I chatted with other concert goers about my perception of influences and how I came to be at the show that night, I realized what a personal journey music is for each of us. After “interviews” with fans of the band (including the forties(ish) couple who hadn’t been back to The Vogue in 15 years and the girls who shared their umbrella to shelter us from the cold November rain as we waited outside), I realized we find our way through the musical landscape based on our preferences and experiences.

We learn about bands through radio, friends or Spotistalk and each of us internalizes those experiences in our own way. I tend to focus on lyrics and how this form of poetry is very personal for many song writers. I look to lyrics to provide insight on others experiences that apply to my life. I also love the historical context of how music evolves through generations; repeating itself in a contemporary way while drawing on the influences from the past.

This band seems to embody both. I see heavy musical influences from the late 70’s and early/mid 80’s with a twist that is all their own. I see deeply personal lyrics that that convey pain, longing and strength as if pleading for the listener to provide therapeutic reassurance (and for me, they sometimes touch experiences that are all too close).

In this band, I see the elements that bring together much of what I love about music; introspective lyrics and a musical puzzle of generations past.

Here’s the personal side of the equation; you’ll have to check out their body of work on Spotistalk if you want the puzzle …

All my life
Been running from a pain in me
A feeling I don’t understand
Holding me down

Rain on me
Underwater
All I am, getting harder
A heavy weight
I carry around.

Today
I don’t have to fall apart
I don’t have to be afraid
I don’t have to let the damage
consume me,
My shadow see through me

Fear in itself
Will reel you in and spit you out
Over and over again
Believe in yourself
And you will walk
Fear in itself
Will use you up and break you down
like you were never enough
I used to fall, now I get back up.

I’m up here
I’m looking at the way down there
I’m staring through the I don’t care
It’s staring back at me

The beauty is
I’m learning how to face my beast
Starting now to find some peace
Set myself free

Today,
I don’t have to fall apart
I don’t have to be afraid
I don’t have to let the damage
consume me,
My shadow see through me

Fear in itself
Will reel you in
And spit you out over and over again
Believe in yourself
and you will walk
Fear in itself
Will use you up and break you down
like you were never enough
I used to fall but now I get back up

I’m moving on
Oh god just move on
Today,
I don’t have to fall apart
I don’t have to be afraid….
Get back up
Get up

Fear in itself will use you up
And break you down just like you’re
never enough
I used to fall

Breathe,
Ask for more
if you’re bitter still
Ask him to help you carry on.

Fear – Blue October

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