Friday, May 2, 2014

“Dreaming or Sinking” by Hotel Books – A Song Review

     We were invited to review the video for the recent release of “Dreaming or Sinking” by Hotel Books. With the first view, it was the poetry that drew our attention. The biblical references (such as selling his savior for less than thirty pieces of gold) and the poignant statements (such as “And now that I know who I used to be, it’s hard to be happy with who I am.”) were fit into the story seamlessly. This is the type of writing ability we wish we possessed.
     And with that first view, we mistakenly thought it was another song about a man who didn’t realize what he had, until after the woman who could have been his “game changer” grew tired of his baggage. And we thought he drove her to suicide. But wait, why have closing verses about finally allowing "somebody in," and "I’m growing," at the same time the video shows the woman falling into the pool?
     After the first view, the realization was that the woman symbolized the alternative state on which the speaker had been relying. The suicide at the end is a positive, not a negative.

     There are very talented people in the music world. Some perform under the name “Hotel Books.”
      “Dreaming or Sinking” by Hotel Books

     Hotel Books is based in Porterville, California. The members are Cam Smith (vocals), Jordan Leal (guitar), Dan Colasanto (drums), and Jonny Blackwell (bass).

The upcoming tour date of Hotel Book include:
5/14 Sacramento, CA @ Luigi's
5/15 Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center
5/16 San Diego, CA @ Epicentre
5/17 Van Nuys, CA @ White Oak Music Hall
5/18 Las Vegas, NV @ Southern Nevada Sports Centre
5/19 Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
5/20 El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox
5/21 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
5/22 Houston, TX @ Eastdown Warehouse
5/23 Tyler, TX @ Crossroads Music Venue
5/24 Dallas, TX @ Sons of Herman Hall
5/25 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/26 Covington, KY @ Coda
5/27 Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
5/28 Brooklyn, NY @ Coco 66
5/29 Buffalo, NY @ Forvm
5/30 Kent, OH @ The Outpost Concert Spot
5/31 Detroit, MI @ Paycheck's
6/1 Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
6/2 Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
6/3 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
6/5 Salt Lake City @ The Shred Shed
6/6 Sparks, NV @ The Alley
6/7 Carmel, CA @ Carmel Live

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