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The Song That’s Stuck in My Head #7

October 11, 2011 1 comment

“Orange Sky”
Alexi Murdoch

Haunting, enveloping and grounded. I am under an orange sky.

Sometimes
My mind is too strong to carry on

When I am alone
When I’ve thrown off the weight of this crazy stone
When I’ve lost all care for the things I own
That’s when I miss you, 
You who are my home

In your love
My salvation lies in your love

The Song That’s Stuck In My Head #6

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

“After the Storm”
Mumford and Sons

These guys have fast become my favorite band lately. Their breed of Irish folk-rock is like brewing hope and angst in a slow-burning cauldron deep in my belly. No other band I can think of makes me want to connect with God and smash something at the same time. This one is more understated than most of their songs, but is perhaps one of the best expressions of determined hope in the midst of loss and desolation that I’ve ever heard: “That’s why I hold — that’s why I hold with all I have — that’s why I hold.”

And after the storm, I run and run as the rains come. And I look up, I look up, on my knees and out of luck, I look up.

Night has always pushed up day; you must know life to see decay. But I won’t rot, I won’t rot — Not this mind and not this heart — I won’t rot.

And I took you by the hand and we stood tall and remembered our own land, what we lived for.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears, and love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears. Get over your hill and see what you find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And now I cling to what I knew; I saw exactly what was true – but oh no more. That’s why I hold — that’s why I hold with all I have — that’s why I hold.

I will die alone and be left there. Well I guess I’ll just go home, oh God knows where, because death is just so full and mine so small. Well I’m scared of what’s behind and what’s before.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears, and love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears. Get over your hill and see what you find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears, and love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears. Get over your hill and see what you find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

The Song That’s Stuck In My Head #5

July 23, 2010 1 comment

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Eva Cassidy

This has been stuck in my head because it’s been on repeat play on my 6-year-old’s mp3 player when she falls asleep at night, so consistently that we can tell when she falls asleep by when the song finally changes. Before then it had been a while since I listened to it – which could have been subconsciously intentional, as it has a haunting beauty and soul-rending climax, the cry of a dreamer that I can’t listen to without getting the chills. Literally. Every time. I won’t say much more – no doubt you’ve heard the song somewhere else before, but somehow it seems like this was the way it was meant to be sung.

The Song That’s Stuck in My Head #3

June 12, 2009 Leave a comment

the_myriad_with_arrows_final“A Thousand Winters Melting”
The Myriad

I’m realizing with each successive TSTSIMY post (plus the handful I posted when this feature was a page unto itself) that the songs featured here aren’t usually ones I’ve listened to recently, thought of specifically, or otherwise intentionally allowed into my grey matter. Instead they pop up unbidden, cracking into my consciousness with a protruding melody or phrase and prying their way into full foot-tapping status. So it is with today’s sticker, a galloping statement on love from my latest favorite band The Myriad. The verses talk about angels and the comfort of supernatural presence, but for me the haiku-like chorus is where I live:

Love, love
A thousand winters melting
Love, love
As you wrap your arms around me

The Song That’s Stuck In My Head #2

May 12, 2009 Leave a comment

2122.1.cutting edge 1 and 2“Obsession”
Delirious?

One of those songs that makes the rounds in my head every year or two. This time it popped up on shuffle and stuck there. I realize that much of the songs and films that I like best are the ones where someone finally just lets loose about what they want or feel. Lifehouse’s “Everything”, or Mike Nichols’ Wit come to mind. This one seems to sum up some of the things I don’t know how otherwise to say.

What can I do with my obsession
With the things I cannot see?
Is there madness in my being?
Is it wind that whips the trees?

Sometimes you’re further than the moon
Sometimes you’re closer than my skin
And you surround me like a winter fog
You’ve come and burned me with a kiss

And my heart burns for you
And my heart burns

The Song That’s Stuck in My Head #1

January 29, 2009 Leave a comment

So this used to be a separate page here on the site but I’ve migrated it into the regular blog posts. Perhaps that will make it a bit more regular then….

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“Deliver Me”
David Crowder Band

One of the several creative or counterintuitive tracks DCB has adapted or adopted, from well-known traditional hyms to a Sufjan Stevens cover. This one, written by a band you’ve never heard of, was popularized by Sarah Brightman, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s ex-wife and his inspiration for the character of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. It’s a plodding minor-key dirge that feels like walking through knee-deep mud to get to someone on the other side:

All of my life I’ve been in hiding
Wishing there was someone just like you
Now that you’re here, now that I’ve found you
I know that you’re the one to pull me through

Musically the song never actually gets to the other side, so to speak, and instead ends with an instrumental jam that is even more desperate and furious than the song itself. There’s a break in the middle, though, a stop-and-breathe moment which is the part that gets stuck in my head, quoting lyrics from another hymn I also happen to enjoy:

Jesus, Jesus how I trust you
How I’ve proved you o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus:
Deliver me.

Many songs get stuck in my head because I happen to have recently heard them somewhere or have been thinking of them. This is one of the few that often enters unbidden in the middle of whatever I am doing and subtly and briefly takes me somewhere else.