“It’s not because I live in that dark place; my songs are dark because creativity surfaces when I’m visiting that area.” That was the response when our friend showed concern for someone who, based upon his music, was a troubled individual. When we listen to the music of Blue October, it’s comforting to think the explanation might also apply to the band’s frontman - Justin Furstenfeld.
Over the years, the music of Blue October has been powerful. The power is primarily generated by the lyrics, but is enhanced by the emotion in the vocalization and the well-timed instrumental touches. Perhaps the best example is the song “Hate Me,” which begins with a voice message from a mother concerned about the emotional well-being of her son (Justin) and asks whether he is taking his medication. Then, the lyrics carry the listener to that dark place.
This year, Blue October released the album “Home.” The title song is powerful, but resides in a more positive space. Is this Justin Furstenfeld visiting the area or has he relocated his residence from its usual dark place? We’re rooting for you, Justin! The lyrics of “Home” are included below.