Tuesday, November 30, 2021

“Kerosene” by Pat Byrne – A Song Feature

 

     Our interpretation of the message of “Kerosene” is that the lyrics reference the tendency of society to scorch our dreams and dictate behavioral expectations, particularly if a person’s dreams reside in the arts. But the single from Pat Byrne recommends moving forward regardless. Specifically, the lyrics instruct “Draw a line in the sand // Get up make a stand.” [Those instructions reminded us of a favorite from 2012 – “Taking Alcatraz” by Field Report is included in this post.)
 
     Pat Byrne has a voice that is well tailored for storytelling, much like Jason Isbell. Byrne is an Ireland born-and-raised vocalist/songwriter who now calls Austin, Texas, his home. “Kerosene” is from his recently released album “Into the Light.” The appealing pedal steel guitar on the single is played by Joshua Grange.
 
     “Kerosene” by Pat Byrne


Lyrics of “Kerosene” by Pat Byrne
She struggles with anxiety
She’s a product of society
Talks about it all in her poetry.
Poetry’s her lifeblood
But it’s always so misunderstood
People say it’s bad, she knows it’s good.
She knows that it’s good.
 
Harry’s got a new dream
Says he’s gonna make it on the big screen
If he’s a movie star, then I’m the queen.
He’s always on the backfoot
Listens to the whispers in the neighborhood
People say he can’t, he knows he could
He knows that he could.
 
So, throw away another journal
Don’t stray outside the circle,
Who do you think you are?
Get your head out the stars
You’re crippled by another feeling
Staring at another ceiling
Weep it away, night turns to day,
Find your something to say.
 
You didn’t act like they told you
Didn’t love who you’re supposed to
Someday the devil’s gonna get you.
And there’s no time for laughter
No time for happy ever after
When people wanna own you.
People wanna own you.
 
Here comes the cavalry
In waves of depravity
Coming for you, turning the screw.
To sniff out the blasphemy
Broken scales of morality
Draw a line in the sand,
Get up, make a stand.
Take your place with the damned.
 
You’ve still got the big dreams?
Still think you’ll make it on the silver screen?
We’ll smother that all in Kerosene.

     “Taking Alcatraz” by Field Report

Monday, November 29, 2021

“Lonely” by The Gardenwall – A Song Feature

 
     “Lonely” begins misleadingly. The early indication is that the song from The Gardenwall is synth-heavy and likely guitar-light. Yes, a guitar hits the speakers, but it’s not played in a Rock fashion; maybe Shoegaze. There isn’t a signal that “Lonely” is instrumentally driven by percussion and layered duo guitars, accompanying energized and energizing vocals. It’s a triumph of reality over perception.
 

     The Gardenwall was formed mid-pandemic by three friends, with two in Canada and the other living in Hollywood, California. The Canadian residents are Domenic Orsi (guitar, synth) and Steve Casco (drums). Sam Laponis (vocals, guitar) is the California resident. So, the writing process for “Lonely” was challenging, but they were determined to make a song as an aid to get out of a negative headspace. They were only able to send audio files back and forth during the months of the pandemic, without seeing each other face to face. Creating the music video presented other issues.


     “Lonely” by The Gardenwall
 



Wednesday, November 24, 2021

“Wake Up” by Jessie Reid – A Song Feature

 


      “Wake Up” runs parallel to today’s early post of “Where The Monsters Live” by Freight Train Foxes. Both are vocals-driven singles that feature acoustic guitar. Both save the most beautiful and invigorating segment for a conclusion that features an emotion-invoking string instrument. And in both songs, a crescendo carries the listener into the beauty of the conclusion. A difference is that the crescendo of Jessie Reid’s “Wake Up” is driven by a piano.
 
     Jessie Reid is a Folk vocalist/songwriter in the UK. Quoting her Bandcamp bio:
 “Jessie Reid’s folk-influenced, percussive fingerstyle guitar playing has drawn comparisons with the likes of Ben Howard, Lucy Rose and Nick Mulvey. Jessie was shortlisted for the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition and has travelled as far as New York and Brazil in the promotion of singles."
 
     “Wake Up” by Jessie Reid
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessiereidmusic
Bandcamp: https://jessiereid1.bandcamp.com/ 


Lyrics of “Wake Up” by Jessie Reid
I know now, the fire in your heart’s burnt out again
No room for doubts
We’ve come to far from home.
 
Empty hearts weren’t meant to grow for me
Take my hand, help me understand
How it’s meant to be
 
Wake up with a face of thunder
Wake up with you never tellin’ me why
The harder we try the closer we get to goodbye
[Repeat]
 
Wake up now
Time to take down some of those guards for me
Speak out loud
Tell me what you need from me
 
Empty hearts weren’t meant to grow for me
Take my hand, help me understand
How it’s meant to be
 
Wake up with a face of thunder
Wake up with you never tellin’ me why
The harder we try the closer we get to goodbye
[Repeat]
[Crescendo]
 
Wake up with a face of thunder
Wake up with you never tellin’ me why
The harder we try the closer we get to goodbye
[Repeat]