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I have seen these words before
I have felt these colours
I have known you for so long
When we ran in circles

For our sake
I will wait for you

I walk alone, into the darkness
I came toe to toe and face to face with the beast
He knew me by my name, it was surprising
He knew everything about me that I despised

Side Note: This one hit me like a sledgehammer. The vocals were probably the first things that grabbed my ear, and there was something so heartfelt and earnest that I hadn’t heard in a long time. Quite rarely, I also paid really close attention to the lyrics and was pulled in by a strange gravitation. I wanted to know what Sanders and Hinds were pouring their hearts into, because it stirred something in me. Some deep emotion of losing control, hoping a good thing, or just hope in general, albeit a misplaced hope.

Mastodon – Toe To Toes (In Studio Performance)

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Feel the way that the wild wind blows through the room
Like a nail down through the heart
That just don’t beat the same anymore
That might as well be gone

And there’s a haze right between the trees
And I can barely see you
You’re like an ocean in between the waves

Side Note: I first heard the band’s music about two years ago in 2015, but could not get into them until recently. Back then, I heard ear-marked their music in a playlist, but every time their music came on, I dismissed it as self-indulgent and trying too hard. However, one long drive home late one night, their music came on and this time it stuck. As the album played on, I landed on An Ocean In Between The Waves, specifically the second guitar solo and outro, and it was a very intense and melancholic and somehow it sucked me in. Maybe it’s the repetitive rhythm section contrasted against the expressive melodic instrumentation that gives their music the tension that so often reels me in. Or perhaps it’s the way Adam Granduciel sings and weaves his words together through song that seems like a wind blowing through an empty room; telling stories to the ghosts of the past.

The War On Drugs – An Ocean In Between The Waves (Live on KEXP)

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My head in my hand
Must be the wrong station
Separation just a ******
Disintegrating all relation
Say, say it’s going to change soon

Side Note: Alan Abrahams has been in motion his whole life – This first line from Portable aka Bodycode’s bio always intrigues me. The idea of motion is very apparent in the producer’s music, often flitting between rhythm and a trance. It dwells in me like a whirlpool and I cannot help but be sucked in.

Music of the Day: Portable – Say It’s Going To Change

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Freedom came my way one day
And I started out of town
All of a sudden I see sheriff John Brown
Aiming to shoot me down
So I shot, I shot him down, I say
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy

Side Note: One thing I’ve always loved about Eric Clapton has always been the quality of his backing band. This might seem like an odd fascination, but while Clapton is an amazing guitarist, he’s also very non-descript, and the musicianship of his band always seems to meld seamlessly; holding back when he does; launches him into orbit while he takes them to explore the vastness of the galaxy. This live version of the Bob Marley classic is a perfect example of that imagery.

Music of the Day: Eric Clapton – I Shot The Sheriff (Live at Crossroads 2010)

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Can’t stop the Gods from engineering
Feel no need for any interfering
Your image in the dictionary
This life is more than ordinary
Can I get 2 maybe even 3 of these
Coming from a space
To teach you of the pliedes
Can’t stop the spirits when they need you
This life is more than just a read thru

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers

Side Note: One word. Raw. This incarnation of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will always be the best incarnation to me. Frusciante’s guitar riff carries the entire song and shows just how crucial he is to the Peppers. Frankly, everything about this song is so simple, yet, it’s probably impossible to emulate. Technically, there isn’t much going on, but the secret’s in the performance, both recorded and live. Everything about this arrange just works. From the vocal interplay between Kiedis, Frusciante and Flea, to the stoic drumming of Smith. And how about that scorching guitar solo with a nice switch-up to Flea’s bass to hold the riff and groove while Frusciante rips it a new one?

Music of the Day: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop

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Since that day when you’d gone
Just had to carry on
I get thru’ day but late at night
Made love to my pillow but it didn’t feel right

Side Note: I don’t particularly identify with the lyrics now, but that groove and musicianship is real. When they start jamming, the trio of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland show exactly why they are a force to be reckoned with. I love this live version because it captures both the energy and fragility of their performance.

Music of the Day: The Police – The Bed’s Too Big Without You

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Take me to your favorite spark,
and show me that you have never been watched
By the hawk that hunts the walking
By the wind that takes the talking
By the sky that sees you come and need you every day

Side Note: One of first songs I heard outside of Kyuss and Sleep that sparked my love affair with desert rock. The main guitar riff is achingly hypnotic that puts me in a semi-trance.

Music of the Day: Quest For Fire – The Hawk That Hunts The Walking

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