Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“Traveler” by Luca Aprile - A Song Feature


     We are a little late in posting the song, since prime traveling season is in the rearview mirror. But “Traveler” is a great airport song, even though it’s directed to the feelings of the person left behind. The song is from Luca Aprile of Zurich, Switzerland.

     Quoting a bio:
  The Z├╝rich native with the smooth, yet large voice, has the gift of captivating the audience with ease and his sly charm. But charm isn’t enough; the gifted musician is capable of writing larger-than-life melodies and giving deeper meanings to seemingly simple phrases.

      “Traveler” by Luca Aprile





Lyrics of “Traveler” by Luca Aprile
You're on a plane to Tokyo
To LA and to places I don't know
And every time you're leaving home
I hate it but I know it's not for long

When you travel down the coast
When you look across the shore
When you hear the ocean roar
I'm waiting for your call

When you make it to the island
Sand beneath your feet
When you look at the horizon
Will you think of me?

You are a traveler
My bed feels cold when you're gone
You are a traveler
You know that I love you when I let you go

You're taking off to Mexico
To Paris and I know you long for more
I'm waiting for you all night long
I wanna see the pictures on your phone

The sun goes down, the sun comes up
I wake up slow I wonder where you've gone
You left the ground, oh a while ago
I'm losing every sense of time

You are a traveler
My bed feels cold, oh when you're gone
You are a traveler
You know that I love you when I let you go

I wanna feel the warmth of your skin
All I want is you here with me
Don't wanna fall asleep on my own
My bed feels cold when you're gone

You are a traveler
You are a traveler
My bed feels cold when you're gone
You are a traveler
You know that I love you when I let you go
You know that I love you when I let you go
You know that I love you when I let you go

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

“Into The Fire" by Diamond Shake – A Song Feature


     “Into The Fire” includes an uncomplicated piano hook that stands alone in the intro and continues to play a significant role for almost two minutes, despite the force of the vocals and instruments that join the piano. It’s a testament to the position that complexity is not a requirement for elegance or power.

      Diamond Shake is the moniker of Matt Hitchens. Quoting his bio:
  One man band, from London to LA. I moved out to LA seven years ago to make a career in music, having started playing instruments when I was around eight years old. Over the last two and a half years, I have written, performed, produced, engineered and mixed every note of "From Method To Madness," an album about my issues with depression, anxiety, anger, and low self-esteem.

     “Into The Fire" by Diamond Shake 




Lyrics of “Into The Fire" by Diamond Shake
I led you straight down into my soul to save me,
Led you straight down into my soul,
Now you’re taking control,
Oh Lord, more than I know.

I let you take me out of the cold to warm me,
Let you take me out of the cold,
Now you’re taking control,
Oh Lord, more than I know.

As we go straight down into the fire (Repeat 4x]
As we go

I let you break me down to the bone to heal me,
Let you break me down to the bone,
Now you’re taking control,
Oh Lord, more than I know

Why won’t you take me out of the fire?
Why won’t you take me out of the fire?
Why won’t you let me heal from the burns that I earned,
Now that I’ve given everything you desire?

And I don’t think, I don’t think that I can ever stop,
So I guess, I guess, I guess I never will,
And I don’t think, I don’t think that I can ever stop,
So I guess, I guess, I guess I never will

Lost in nights that last so long,
Nights that last forever,
But the sickness we thrive from,
Keeps us sick together

I let you burn my heart just to save my skin,
I let you burn my heart to ashes,
Now you’ve taken control,
Oh Lord, more than I know

Why won’t you take me out of the fire?
Why won’t you take me out of the fire?
Why won’t you let me heal from the burns that I earned,
Now that I’ve given everything you desire?

And I don’t think, I don’t think that I can ever stop,
So I guess, I guess, I guess I never will,
And I don’t think, I don’t think that I can ever stop,
So I guess, I guess, I guess I never will

And I don’t think,
I don’t think that I can,
I don’t think that I don’t think that,
I don’t think that I can ever stop.

Monday, October 14, 2019

“Hollow Sound” by The Satellite Station - A Song Feature


      If there is justice in the Indie universe, “Hollow Sound” will cause an explosion that will test the limits of safety equipment. The single from The Satellite Station is exceptional in every dimension. The lyrics are intelligent and relatable, even inspiring. The message is a focus on perspective – the short-term and long-term limitations of being human.

     Vocally, “Hollow Sound”” is striking, yet pleasing. Early in the song, the voice of The Satellite Station is consistent with the admissions of personal weaknesses: “It’s hard to face that I’m just a man, and I all I can do is the best I can.” Later, the conviction to the existential message is apparent: “So when I lose this war with time, and I finally close my eyes, what will be left behind?”. Still the attractiveness and effectiveness of the vocals increase when a female voice enters in harmony with that of The Satellite Station.

      Instrumentally, like the vocals, if there was any temptation to be satisfied with early success, it was resisted. A piano sits atop background quieter sounds to drive the melody, while a kickdrum “heartbeat” provides the rhythm. Then, a electric guitar fully surfaces almost three minutes into “Hollow Sound.”  

     Quoting his bio:
  The Satellite Station is the solo project of singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Travis Rue. In 2019, The Ohio native began recording new material that melds his pop background with indie/folk elements. With haunting folk-inspired melodies and emotionally deep lyrics, Rue’s storytelling transports the listener to relatable experiences in their own lives.

     “Hollow Sound” by The Satellite Station




Lyrics of “Hollow Sound” by The Satellite Station (with some best guesses)
My whole life I have been afraid
I have hedged my bets and I’ve played it safe

It’s hard to face that I’m just a man
And I all I can do is the best I can

Cause I never give myself a break
Every good thing is either luck or fate
Sowing seeds will find new ground
But the beat of my heart makes a hollow sound
Yea, the beat of my heart, it makes a hollow sound

And though I, I’m losing sleep
I’ve got miles to go
I’ve got mouths to feed
So when I lose this war with time
And I finally close my eyes
What will be left behind?
Behind?

So the truth is all I’ll ever be
Is just a shadow cast in the open sea
When will I leave that stone behind
As just a marker of this passing time?

Cause I never give myself a break
Every good thing is either luck or fate
Sowing seeds will find new ground
But the beat of my heart is a hollow sound
Yea, the beat of my heart makes a hollow sound

And though I, I’m losing sleep
I’ve got miles to go
I’ve got mouths to feed
So when I lose this war with time
And I finally close my eyes
What will be left behind?
Behind?
[Repeat]