Wednesday, June 29, 2022

“Starting To Fly” by Chester Bennington - Grey Daze

 

     Prior to gaining prominence as a member of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington fronted Grey Daze, a band based in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. He left Grey Daze in 1998, but the band reunited in began re-recording music shortly before Bennington’s death in 2017.
 
     Following his death, the widow of Chester Bennington authorized Grey Daze to employ Chester’s vocals. The blessing from Talinda Bennington came with the condition that the integrity of her late husband’s vocals would be preserved.  Grey Daze released the “Amends” album in 2020. Now, the appropriately named “The Phoenix” album is available as a combination of Chester’s vocals and newly recorded instrumentation. Within the ten songs on the album are contributions from Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, Filter’s Richard Patrick, and Chester’s daughters, Lily and Lila Bennington.
 
     The other members of Grey Daze are drummer Sean Dowdell, guitarist Jason Barnes, and bassist Mace Beyers. Among the ten tracks on the band’s “The Phoenix” album is the anthemic “Starting To Fly.” The song showcases a Chester Bennington strength, namely the ability to inject shouts and screams that melodically fit within a song. But it should be noted that the vocals were by an early 1990’s Chester; that is, a younger, perhaps less polished vocalist than most fans of Linkin Park came to know.
 
     Sean Dowdell said about the band’s single:
  “‘Starting to Fly’ is a new rock anthem that is about finding yourself and your true potential. It is realizing that you can make the world yours. It’s a song about hope.”
 
"The Phoenix" track listing:
  1.  “Saturation (Strange Love)”
  2.  “Starting To Fly”
  3.  “Be Your Man”
  4.  “Holding You” (featuring Dave Navarro)
  5.  “Hole” (featuring Lily and Lila Bennington)
  6.  “Drag”
  7.  “Believe Me” (featuring Richard Patrick)
  8.  “Anything, Anything”
  9.  “Spin”
  10. “Wake Me”

     “Starting To Fly” by Chester Bennington - Grey Daze


Lyrics of “Starting to Fly” by Grey Daze

Can we go?
How high can we go?
How high can we go?

How high can we go? (Hey!)

How high can we go?
How high can we go?
How high can we go?

How high can we go? (Hey!)

I know the answers from the words of the prophet
I've seen the light through the fingers, made of magic
I've seen an image of the future, it's a vision
And I know who you are, yeah!

 

Go away, can't you see you're not real
Open your eye some place far away (Hey!)

 

How high can we go?
How high can we go?
How high can we go?
How high can we go? (Hey!)

 

I met a poet, tonight behind the masses
I sang a song ‘bout my many true addictions
I saw myself in a hole, down below
And I know who you are, yeah!

 

I'm alright, though it's hard to feel
Open your eye some place far away
I've seen the ocean and I've seen the sky
I've got my wings and I'm startin' to fly (Hey!)

 

How high can we go?
How high can we go? (Hey!)
How high can we go?
How high can we go? (Hey!)

 

Open your eye, look to the sky
Grab your wings and start to fly
Open your eye, look to the sky
And grab your wings and start to fly, hey!

 

I've seen the ocean and I've seen the sky
I've got my wings and I'm startin' to fly
I've seen the ocean and I've seen the sky
I've got my wings and I'm startin' to fly, yeah!


How high can we go? (Whoa, I'm startin' to fly) (Hey!)
How high can we go?
How high can we go? (Yeah, I'm startin' to fly) (Hey!)
How high can we go?
How high can we go? (Whoa, I'm startin' to fly) (Hey!)
How high can we go?
How high can we go? (Yeah, I'm startin' to fly)

How high can we go?

(Hey!)


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

“Synchronize” (Acoustic Version) by Milky Chance – A Song Feature

Milky Chance at Shoreline Amphiteatre in California
Milky Chance at Shoreline Amphitheatre in California
     Milky Chance recently shared acoustic versions of several of their singles from the past decade. By disqualifying all but acoustic instrumentation, “-tronica” is removed from the genre designation of “Folktronica” that is often attached their songs. But the acoustic versions should not be labeled Folk. Milky Chance is a German-based group with distinctive vocals and an ability to seamlessly fuse Folk, Reggae, Pop, and Rock.
 
     Our favorites of the recent acoustic releases are “Synchronize” and “Stolen Dance.” The voices of Clemens Rebhein and Philipp Dausch are more prominent and easily appreciated than in the originals. That’s particularly accurate for “Synchronize.” The video for the song shows the pair performing the song on the streets of Mexico City, while allowing randomly selected people to participate in the filming using a relatively inexpensive camera. The result is not as polished as it would be if filming were left in the hands of professionals, but it is certainly more charming and revealing. Dausch said:
  We really just had a rough idea and knew we were going to have to improvise on the go, but it flowed so easily. Mexico City has such a unique vibe and we loved the idea to involve people we met out there on the street since it is such a warm and welcoming country.”
 
      The planning of the “Synchronize” (acoustic version) video involved longtime collaborator Anthony Molina. Rebhein explained:
  We had just completed the acoustic arrangement of ‘Synchronize’ and were eager to record it. We were about to be in Mexico for Vive Latino and really wanted to shoot a visual there, so we brainstormed what we could do on the plane.”
 
     For Milky Chance tour dates and ticket information, visit https://www.milkychance.net/live/
 
     “Synchronize” (Acoustic Version) by Milky Chance


Lyrics of “Synchronize” (Acoustic Version) by Milky Chance
Smoke in the sky got me feeling so blue
Burning down the city while I'm here with you
Smoke in the sky and I'm holding you tight

Because
 
I love the way we synchronize
We synchronize
Let the moment crystallize
Don't think twice
 
I just wanna simmer
I like the way you glimmer
Pretty fires all around
Tell me, are we dreaming?
Dancing on the ceiling
Wanna keep you safe and sound

And all the smoke in the sky got me feeling so blue
Burning down the city while I'm here with you
Smoke in the sky and I'm holding you tight

Because

I love the way we synchronize
We synchronize
Let the moment crystallize
Don't think twice

Feel your skin on mine
Forget about the time
Floating on a purple cloud
I don't mind as long as you hold me in your arms
We ain't never coming down

And all the smoke in the sky got me feeling so blue
Burning down the city while I'm here with you
Smoke in the sky and I'm holding you tight

Cause I love the way we synchronize
(I love the way we synchronize
Let the moment crystallize
I love the way we synchronize
Don't think twice)

I love the way we synchronize
(I love the way we synchronize)
We synchronize
(Let the moment crystallize)
Crystallize
(I love the way we synchronize)
Don't think twice
(Don't think twice)

I love the way
I love the way we synchronize
I love the way
I love the way we synchronize
I love

          “Stolen Dance” (Acoustic Version) by Milky Chance

Friday, June 24, 2022

“Fences” by Pastel Blank – A Song Feature

 

      “Fences” is marked by feverishly aggressive guitar hooks and unexpected voice inflections. In the single from Pastel Blank, interweaved guitars cooperate with the other instruments to fashion an energized and energizing texture. Still, there are wrinkles. At one point, there is a shout of “STOP,” and the song stops, but only temporarily.
 
   “Fences” resides on a recently released album that is almost self-titled. The title, “Pastel Blanc,” only changes the last letter of the band’s name. Of the seven songs on the album, “Fences” is the standout in our opinion, but all seven hold an appeal. The Spotify stream of the album is embedded at the bottom of this post. 

     Parcel Blank is fronted by Angus Watt and based in Victoria, British Columbia. The credits for the album identify the musicians as:
    Angus Watt - Guitar, Vocals, Wurlitzer / Rhodes
   Oliver Hollingshead – Drums, Percussion
   Dougie Bedell - Bass
  Jordan Clairmont - Keyboards on “Terracotta Sunroom,” “Picture Perfect,” and “Slouching Like a Seraph”
   Maxwell Stover - Saxophone, Flute on “Goomba Stomp” and “Cellophane Clocks”
   Dexter Hodgins - Violin on “Picture Perfect”

     While discussing his single Angus Watt explained:
   "‘Fences' is a strawman song. I wanted to write about proud fence-sitters who mask indecision as an intellectual and moral virtue. I pulled a few examples from various conversations, but to be honest, this song is also quite self-critical. I wanted to poke fun at this type of person, and parts of myself. Though ultimately, I think the song is more ‘fun’ than ‘poke.’" 
 
     Quoting interesting content from the press material:
  “Fences” sees the group take nods from acts like Pavement and Talking Heads, building their psychedelic guitars and synths around an irresistible, pulsating, rhythmic hook. In lieu of such inspiration the group layers a unique mixbag of carefully chosen genres, utilizing elements of carefully placed funk and delicate shades of bossa-nova to positionally aware, punchy disco beats, and hushed, melodic vocals resulting in an opportunity for listeners to break out some dance moves in a way like never before.  

     “Fences” by Pastel Blank

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Lyrics of “Fences” by Pastel Blank
I am generous
Oh, so generous
I take some of my very important time
To explain to you what’s wrong
With your paradigm
 
Just a pair of dimes
That’s all it would take
For me to call you brethren
You might weather the question
Of whether or not
Whether or not
Whether or not I might ask you to
STOP
 
And I sat atop fences
And I gave no thought to the consequences
 
I am virtuous
Virtuous paragon
Pay my taxes, take my vitamins, read Seneca
After morning swim at the
Y, Y, Y
Y, Y, Y
Y M C A
 
And I sat atop fences
And I gave no thought to the consequences
 
From up here my vantage
Is endlessly enlightening
 
And I sat atop fences
And I gave no thought to the consequences
 
From up here my vantage
Is endlessly enlightening
 
Get a job
Get ahead
Pull yourself up
By each tenuous thread
[Repeat]