Tuesday, June 18, 2024

"Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" by Sea Girls – A Song Feature

 

     The lyrics intelligently reveal the protagonist's inner thoughts and insecurities, yet they offer flexibility in the interpretation, allowing listeners to easily find common ground. As a result, "Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" encourages listeners to relate and find comfort in shared anxiety. Then, the “band vocals” arrive with the chorus, expanding the sense of camaraderie and broadening the message into “we are a community.” The song from Sea Girls is strong throughout, but it is the chorus that’s powerful:
Sometimes we're just, we're just holding on
To deep space and bad dreams and miracles
When we smile, it's like, it's like there's nothing wrong
Does only God know that we're lonely?
 
      “Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" immediately diverges from the norm – shunning the standard instrumental intro and instead uttering “Stop” with a tone that is as much a plea as it is a command. The outro also breaks the rules, as the voice struggles with maintaining the notes. Earlier (just prior to the two-minute mark), the instruments step back to allow an increased intimacy for a verse suggesting a one-on-one meeting within a dream. Clearly, Sea Girls put significant time and thought into maximizing the impact to their song. 
 
     Sea Girls are a UK band comprising Henry Camamile (vocals, guitar), Rory Young (lead guitar), Andrew Dawson (bass), and Oli Khan (drums). “Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" is one of 12 tracks on the album “Midnight Butterflies,” which was released on June 14, 2024, via Alt. Records. The Spotify stream of the album is embedded at the bottom of this post. While talking about the album, Camamile said:
  “It feels and sounds like a fledgling band making their energetic untainted debut record. It's super optimistic and euphoric. There was a huge freedom in making this record. It’s an exciting time for music across genres, and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”
 
     "Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" by Sea Girls

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Lyrics of "Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" by Sea Girls
Stop
I am everything you think that I'm not
Between loving you and giving you up
Tried to put it in a song, but it sucked
 
Here we go
Sliding backwards to letting her go
Eating Sherbet as we walk to the show
Singing, screaming, ripped shirts on new clothes
Do you know?
 
Sometimes we're just, we're just holding on
To deep space and bad dreams and miracles
When we smile, it's like, it's like there's nothing wrong
Does only God know that we're lonely?
Does only God know that we're lonely?
 
Stop
I wish somebody could stop all the clocks
Tell me why I'm here, how long have I got?
Is it cool to be something I'm not?
 
Well, I guess that I'll become what I'm gonna become
And I can't move faster than the pace that I run
And everything that shines is gonna get dull
It's just a feeling
 
Sometimes we're just, we're just holding on
To deep space and bad dreams and miracles
When we smile, it's like, it's like there's nothing wrong
Does only God know that we're lonely?
Does only God know that we're lonely?
 
When you dream
Do you dream the same place as me?
Let's meet up in each other's sleep
Just you and just me
Just me
 
Sometimes we're just, we're just holding on
To deep space and bad dreams and miracles
When we smile, it's like, it's like there's nothing wrong
Does only God know that we're lonely?
 
Sometimes we're just, we're just holding on
To deep space and bad dreams and miracles
When we smile, it's like, it's like there's nothing wrong
Does only God know that we're lonely?
Does only God know that we're lonely?

Friday, June 14, 2024

“Heaven To Me” by lotusbliss – A Song Feature


      With the release of their seven-track LP, “Deafening And Silent,” lotusbliss unveil “Heaven To Me,” their best showcase of the combination of vocal prowess and percussion proficiency. Early in her career, Joni Mitchell was renowned for utilizing her impressive vocal range and creative songwriting skills to craft songs featuring vocal patterns with unconventional leaps up and down the scale (for example, “Both Sides Now”). The three brothers who comprise lotusbliss have no reason to remain humble when compared to Mitchell.
 
     The skillfulness of the drumming is most apparent during the initial 20 seconds and the final 10 seconds. Those times are bookends for equitably sharing the spotlight with the other instruments. Most noteworthy, the bridge that begins around 2:10 features strong guitar.
 
     The members of lotusbliss are brothers Seth, Josh, and Adam, who hail from Canterbury, UK. The credits for “Heaven To Me” identify Seth Gauton as the drummer, Adam Gauton as contributing piano and synth, and Josh Gauton as bassist and guitarist. The band’s sound is described as a fusion of their small-town Canterbury roots with an ambitious cinematic soundscape. The content relating to the debut mini-LP is interesting and insightful:
  Love is a lot like the solar system. Planets moving round a central point, sometimes spinning at the same time, sometimes getting out of sync. Whether it’s romantic, platonic or familial, it’s a delicate thing. And on ‘Deafening And Silent,’ lotusbliss consider the orbital nature of love; ever spinning and ever changing. Taking everything they’ve done before and skyrocketing it, this new era is as future-thinking and adventurous as the space race that inspired it, incorporating more eighties synth details and high octane climaxes for a sounAdamd that soars about the current indie scene.”
 
     “Heaven To Me” is the lead track from the LP. The LP is available for purchase or streaming via the Bandcamp site of lotusbliss – CLICK HERE
 
     Heaven To Me” by lotusbliss


Monday, June 10, 2024

“I See Red” by Jim Rafferty – A Song Feature

 
      It is a song that’s been with us for more than 40 years. Now, the writer is getting performance credit. Jim Rafferty recently released a 7’’ single having his song “I See Red.” ABBA’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad’s (aka “Frida”) 1982 solo album included the song, as did a 1983 album from the Irish band Clannad. Jim’s brother, Gerry Rafferty of “Baker Street” fame, covered the song in 1992.
 
     The Jim Rafferty release of “I See Red” features megaphone-like vocals and appealing guitar plucking. No disrespect to his brother’s and other artists’ versions of the track, but this latest release is superior.
 
     “I See Red” by Jim Rafferty

Lyrics of “I See Red” by Jim Rafferty
Back in my schooldays, acting the fool days
One and one and one makes three
And a man said: "Boy, come and cut yourself a piece of the big time."
 
Armour-clad horses, riding Trojan horses
Never made sense to me
I didn't want to be a part of the great debate on moonshine
 
"Stop, pay the price," they said to me
Take this advice “You're out of your head”
I said: "Stop, hold the phone, this has to be
Cut to the bone. Too bad I see red”
I see red, I see red, I see rеd
 
When the sly man stumbles, twists, and hе tumbles
He always lands on his feet
And he sets his face towards the far horizon
Won't you come this way, can't you go that way?
But his rhythm don't miss a beat
'Cause he's doing everything he can to keep surviving
 
"Stop, pay the price," they said to me
Take this advice, “You're out of your head”
I said: "Stop, hold the phone, this has to be
Cut to the bone. Too bad I see red”
I see red, I see red, I see rеd
[Repeat]
 
So who wants a riot? People should be quiet
Don't we give them good T.V.?
You can learn to love your lifetime of distraction
 
Nothing on the inside, nothing on the outside
All the way from A to Z
I can live without that kind of satisfaction
 
"Stop, pay the price," they said to me
Take this advice “You're out of your head”
I said: "Stop, hold the phone, this has to be
Cut to the bone. Too bad I see red”
I see red, I see red, I see rеd
[Repeat]

Friday, June 7, 2024

“I Am A Force Field” by Cloud Cult – A Song Feature

 

     We experienced a revelation because of Cloud Cult. Namely, if you find a lyricist with the ability to capture and put to music thoughts and convictions with which you are aligned, merely telling others to listen to the artist is not the best approach to spreading the word. Instead, recommend individual songs to friends based upon the current situations of the friends. A young child, then listen to “You Were Born;” an older child leaving for college, play “Back Into My Arms;” need perspective on a long-term relationship, put “What Would You Do?” on repeat…
 
      The most recent release from Cloud Cult is “I Am A Force Field.” The lyrics are included in this post. For us, the most powerful verse is:
Wrote a letter to my future self
What the hell
I think you're gonna get better
With a little self esteem
And there's a little kid inside me
Tryin' to remind me
That I am a forcefield
 
     Cloud Cult is a Minnesota-based band, but they tend to record at Cloud Cult's Alchemy Creek Studio in Wisconsin. The current alignment of members is:
Shannon Frid-Rubin: Violin
Jeremy Harvey: Drums
Craig Minowa: Singer/songwriter, guitar
Shawn Neary: Bass, Banjo, Trombone
Sarah Perbix: Keyboard, French horn, Trumpet
Scott West: Live Painter
Daniel Zamzow: Cello, Mandola
 
     “I Am A Force Field” by Cloud Cult


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Lyrics of “I Am A Force Field” by Cloud Cult
Call me Christopher Robin
Gonna solve all of my problems
With imaginary friends
Who are there when I need ‘em
 
And I've been seeing backsons
And I've been hearing demons
And they say that they are here
Because I've been pushing down my feelings
 
Wrote a letter to my future self
What the hell
I think you're gonna get better
With a little self esteem
 
And there's a little kid inside me
Tryin' to remind me
That I am a forcefield
I am a forcefield
And I
And I
 
And I can only cry
When I'm alone
I guess it's something
That I accidentally learned
From my dad
 
So I'm hiding in the woods
With a shovel and some photos
Digging up feelings
I never knew I had
 
And they're building me a tree fort
With a trap door
I'm the only one I ever catch
 
And there's a little kid inside me
Tryin' to remind me
That I am a forcefield
I am a forcefield
And I
And I
And I
And I (I- I- I- I-)
 
Call me Christopher Robin
Gonna solve all of my problems
With imaginary friends
Who are there when I need ‘em
 
And I've been seeing backsons
And I've been hearing demons
And they say that they are here
Because I've been pushing down my feelings
 
Wrote a letter to my future self
What the hell
I think you're gonna get better
With a little self esteem
 
And there's a little kid inside me
Tryin' to remind me
That I am a forcefield
I am a forcefield
I am a forcefield
I am a forcefield
And I
And I
 
And I've been seeing backsons
And I've been hearing demons
And they say that they are here
Because I've been pushing down my feelings
And I
 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

“Wish Me Away” and “Going In Circles” by GIFT – Song Features


     GIFT followed “Wish Me Away” with an even stronger “Going In Circles.” Is this the year of GIFT? All indications are that it is. The two songs are from an upcoming album, “Illuminator,” which is scheduled for release on August 23, 2024. The band is based in New York, but has connections to Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Brazil, and Boston.
 
     The members of GIFT are vocalist/guitarist TJ Freda, multi-instrumentalists Jessica Gurewitz and Justin Hrabovsky, drummer Gabe Camarano, and bassist Kallan Campbell. They describe “Wish Me Away” as “earworm guitar lines, propulsive rhythms, riveting vocals and mind-expanding aural flourishes.” In comparison, “To be sure, the relentless, often painful dance of love has never sounded as exhilarating as on “Going in Circles.”
 
     “Wish Me Away” by GIFT

Lyrics of “Wish Me Away” by GIFT
It steals my breath
Times lost I pretend
It dawns on me
This life I can’t repeat
Like sinking sand
Its gone way to fast
Will they remember me
Just in time to bury me
 
Can’t hold onto
The ones I love
 
Wish me away
Wish me away
Wish me away
With me away
 
It starts with one
Pull me back when I start to run
It seems that way
I forgot what to say
I hold on tight
Your eyes have lost their light
Will they remember me
A life incomplete
 
Can’t hold onto
Can’t hold onto
The ones I love
The ones I love
 
All alone seems right
I can’t hold tight
All alone feels right
I can’t feel love
All alone seems right
I can’t see light
All alone feels right
I can’t leave it
 
All alone
Always
All day
This place
I can’t
Tell if I’m wrong or
 
Wish me away
[Repeating]

      “Going In Circles” by GIFT

Lyrics of “Going In Circles”
I cannot sleep at night
I cannot sleep at night
I cannot wash away the days
 
I couldn't feel last night
I couldn't feel last night
When all my thoughts creeped in
 
I wondered what you meant
You taught me to forget
When I watched my sky cave in
 
And I never told you why
And I never told you why
Always in love
And I
 
A familiar dream she said
Caught under waves of dread
I couldn't find a way to stay
A little closer now
A little closer now
A little closer now
 
And I never told you why
And I never told you why
Never said away from here is better
Never said away from here is bettеr
Always in love
With this everlasting touch
 
(Feel light) I cannot feel
(Feel light) Alrеady, dear
(Feel light) I'll be the last to fall away
I'll be the last to fall away
I'll be the last to fall away
I'll be the last to fall away
 
I never told you why
And I never told you why
Always in love
And I

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

“Berlin by Sakawa Boys – A Song Feature

 

     “Berlin” is about the migration of musicians from South Africa to Germany. Sakawa Boys joke that every artist in Cape Town eventually ends up moving to Berlin. The situation is reminiscent of the youth migration into California during the 60s and 70s, when the “establishment” quipped that the U.S. was tilting and everything loose was rolling toward the West Coast.
 
     The song is the third release from an album scheduled to drop on June 28 via The Good Times Co. “Out of the Dark” will be the second album from Sakawa Boys, but the first in 8 years. In addition to “Berlin,” we highly recommend the guitar-driven energy of the album’s title track.
 
     From the instrumental perspective, the highlight of “Berlin” arrives at 1:38, when a short bridge features engaging guitar riding atop a strong bass foundation. But there is a close second with each occurrence of the chorus that begins with the line “Caught in two minds,” as a chiming guitar floats into an appealing blend of instruments. Vocally, the single from Sakawa Boys is a combination of genres, with Punk standing out.
 
     In explaining “Berlin,” the band said:
  “It’s been a running joke amongst ourselves for a while that every artist in Cape Town eventually ends up moving to Berlin. The idea for the song came up as Keenan had moved to the Camp Street house and we were joking that all of his housemates had moved to Berlin. The idea stuck when we jammed it out and we built the song around that pre-chorus line. It also touches a bit on the idea of emigrating to try and “make it” as an artist. Berlin is “Berlin” because it is one of the last scenes outside of London that might sustain a working musician. It’s disappearing in front of us and it’s kind of sad that we can’t seem to sustain a scene practically anywhere else in the world. Hence ‘cut adrift and I can’t go back’.”
 
     Sakawa Boys are a four-piece band based in Cape Town, South Africa. The members are John Seth (vocals and guitar), Peter Scott (drums), Skye MacInnes (guitar) and Keenan Oakes (bass). Their sound is described as being a mix of Post-Punk, Shoegaze and Pop.
 
     “Berlin by Sakawa Boys


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Lyrics of “Berlin by Sakawa Boys
You kick your shoes down the corridor
No more four on the floor
No more kick drums through the wall
This place is abandoned
Vacated for a crawl space in Kreuzberg
 
All of your housemates
Have moved to Berlin
All of your housemates
Have moved to Berlin
 
I’m off to sweat it out with some other guys
Three floors up the second window on the right
Excuse the mess I must have lost track of time
I’d introduce you but I’m way too high
 
All of your housemates
Have moved to Berlin
Some of your best mates
They moved to Berlin
(Yeah)
 
Caught in two minds
Still mesmerised
There are no stories left to tell
Collective sigh
No longer mine
Now you’re the only game in town
 
Well it’s a mutiny by any other name
You went to Paris but it’s just not the same
I’m getting tired of your constant attacks
I got the Schengen and I’m not looking back
 
All of your housemates
Have moved to Berlin
Some of your best mates
Have moved to Berlin
 
Caught in two minds
Still mesmerised
There are no stories left to tell
Collective sigh
No longer mine
Now you’re the only game in town
 
Cut adrift
Cut adrift
And I can’t
Go back
Go back
Go back
[Repeating]
 

Friday, May 31, 2024

“Drive All Night” and “Thoughts and Prayers” by Matt Sahadi – Song Features

 

     The lyrics describe a longing to journey through the night and into the morning, while the instrumentation offers a glimpse into an era when songs often featured more than just a single skilled guitarist. In "Drive All Night," the guitars are skillfully layered, and while the vocals are compelling and passionate, the mixing doesn't prioritize one over the other. Instead, the vocals and guitar engage in a competition for the focus, where the listener emerges as the winner.
 
     The song from Matt Sahadi merges operatic flair into Rock sensibilities, similar to Jim Steinman, who is best known for his compositions for Meat Loaf. Like Steinman’s ballads, “Drive All Night” challenges the skills of the vocalist. Sahadi accepted the challenge and his voice did not disappoint.
 
      The combination of guitar and synth during the outro carries an engaging calmness. Its impact is heightened by its placement after a segment (starting at 3:41) in which the guitars are appropriately "bombastic."
 
     Matt Sahadi is an Indie Rocker from Ohio, but now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Quoting a description with which we are in alignment:
   From his influences with the synth-wave era of the 80s/90s, he brings a blend of synth-infused production with delayed and chorusy guitars and drums that drive the song, while giving way for the lyrics to shine. Matt additionally uses the support folk styles like acoustic guitar, harmonica, and tambourines, and a Brit-pop influence of guitar leads and fills. Matt’s songs are for the heartbreakers, the soul searchers, and the big dream chasers — those whose hearts burn with madness for something more out of life.”
 
     “Drive All Night” by Matt Sahadi


Lyrics of “Drive All Night” by Matt Sahadi
Katie, how you feeling?
I just wanna see you
I’ve been pacing through my house tonight
I’ve tried all of my best lines
Been waiting for the right time
Let’s hide behind my dashboard lights
 
My 302 is rumbling
Can you hear that engine humming
As I pull in your winding drive
So take my hand, slide over
You no longer need to wonder
What I’m feeling for you inside
 
Whoa oh
I can feel desire burning like a fire
Whoa oh
Somethin’ bout the street lights glowing in your eyes
Whoa oh
I don’t have a reason I just wanna see you tonight
You make me wanna drive all night
 
I’ll take you to the river
Watch the moonlight shimmer
From the ripples of a skipping stone
Chasing innocent salvation
While we’re tracing constellations
And talk about escaping home
 
We’ll crawl into my backseat
Laying breathless in the heat
Give in to what we’re aching for
I’ll leave that motor running
Vibrations in the summer
Gently rocking us back and forth
 
Whoa oh
I can feel desire burning like a fire
Whoa oh
Somethin’ bout the street lights glowing in your eyes
Whoa oh
I don’t have a reason, I just wanna see you tonight
You make me wanna drive all night
 
You make me wanna drive all night
 
You make me wanna drive all night
 
Til the sun
Come blinding in the rearview
Pull a cover over me and you
And love
Is enough
For laying down the rubber sound
To carry us from this town
 
Whoa oh
I can feel desire burning like a fire
Whoa oh
Somethin’ bout the street lights glowing in your eyes
Whoa oh
I don’t have a reason, I just wanna see you tonight
You make me wanna drive all night
 
You make me wanna drive all night
 
You make me wanna drive all
 
Ohhh oh
Ohhh oh oooooh


     Earlier this year, Sahadi released the protest song “Thought and Prayers.” The title is treated as a semantic satiation - a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to lose meaning for the listener. The three-word phrase is most often heard after a senseless shooting, but the song also references national drug problems, disrespect for the rights of women, and the “million different problems” that make is difficult to focus on one. The song concludes that we're just living in a world of “propagated sins,” which is the name of the four-track EP that includes “Thought and Prayers.”
 
     “Thoughts and Prayers” by Matt Sahadi 



Thursday, May 23, 2024

“Hole” by Bad Flamingo – A Song Feature

 

     "Hole" stands out as perhaps the darkest release from Bad Flamingo, yet paradoxically, the song is both exhilarating and intoxicating. The explosive entry of the harmonica around the two-minute mark triggers the plunge into the depths of the darkness, although the conclusion is nearly as overcast.
 
     The vocals and instrumentation are consistent with the now-established unapparelled sound from Bad Flamingo. They generate a creative combination of Rock, Folktronica and Spaghetti Western, with a touch of Psychedelia. Individually, the voices project a determined confidence that is enhanced by the instrumental arrangement. Together, they have a mesmerizing vocal chemistry, a balance of numerous shared characteristics with notable differences that offer an engaging contrast.
 
     Little is known about Bad Flamingo. Their names are not available on the band’s website or social media platforms. Instead, they are referenced as the “one on the left” and “the one on the right.” Bad Flamingo only appear in masks, with the explanation “Give a man a mask, and he will tell you the truth” (quoting Oscar Wilde).
 
     “Hole” by Bad Flamingo

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Monday, May 20, 2024

“Helium” and “Headphones by Orbit 17 – Song Features

 

     Orbit 17, a creative force hailing from San Jose, California, has been prolific, with the Bandcamp release of a song in each of the first 5 months of 2024. The latest two releases are particularly strong. The group is adventuresome in its wonderings from the conventions of Indie Rock, but not so far that music lovers are in danger of feeling lost. For example, “Helium” is written in Lydian Dominant, which is rare in Indie music, but there is a familiarity because it’s a scale often used in dramatic movie scores. Thus, the song’s departure from the norm carries some familiarity and a cinematic quality.
 
        “Helium” features multiple opportunities to appreciate the guitar skills of Orbit 17. The first two sandwich the chorus – a chorus build-up begins 42 seconds into the song and a clearly distinguishable but equally strong guitar solo starts at 1:29. The lyrics are also a strength. They reflect a nostalgic and sad car ride to the airport, not knowing when or if the person will see a loved one again. More broadly, the band explains “Helium” as:
  “A song about all those friends we've made but left behind or outgrown. The ones that made huge impacts on our lives, and that we think of from time to time, yet haven't spoken to in years.”
 
     Although the single “Headphones” is lyrically less clear, the band’s explanation is not – “A song about my favorite thing in the world, music!” Its more than 5-minute duration accommodates a longer guitar solo.
 
     Orbit 17 was founded by Jamie Brite (vocals, guitar) and Misha Guiffre (bass) in 2022. Jamie said that it had been 17 orbits around the sun since she last started a band; thus, the band name. Ryan Senft (drums) joined in 2023. Orbit 17 exploits the capabilities of modern technology while remaining emotionally grounded and accessible. The group explores unusual territory for popular music, often featuring odd time signatures and uncommon use of harmony.
 
     “Helium” by Orbit 17
Lyrics of “Helium” by Orbit 17
Lives reflected in your eyes
Seems we're saying our goodbyes
Just for a while
Don't be sad
Know I'll be thinking of you
 
Wait my car will be here soon
Brood in the glow of the moon
Say your piece
Before I'm gone
Hope you'll keep waiting for me
 
Just 30 minutes to the airport
It's an eternity
Clutch it tighter as you feel it slip away
 
Sit in silence for a while
Dashboard counts another mile
Streetlights blur
Just outside
I hope you won't forget me
 
Think of all the times we've had
Trading stories with your dad
What a day
What a life
Why did I ever leave you?
 
Just 15 minutes to the airport
It's an eternity
Clutch it tighter as you feel it slip away
Just 60 seconds to the airport
What an eternity
Hold it tight but it's already slipped away

     “Headphones” by Orbit 17

Lyrics of “Headphones” by Orbit 17
Perfume
of stale beer
Radio is dancing in my ear
Only plays the songs I want to hear
 
Turn
your amp up bang your drums
Can you give us all a song to hum?
So you think you’re gonna be so someone?
Anyone?
 
Put those headphones on
The world drones on around you
Three steps and you’re gone
Just one more day to stumble through
 
Andromeda
Is that you rising in the eastern sky?
Your stars that prophesied our long goodbye
You couldn’t bother even tell me why?
Can’t you tell me why?
 
Polaris
Enlighten me you know I need you now
You asked but I couldn’t answer how
Wipe the worry off of my troubled brow
Would we allow?
 
Antares
Why is it you have led me so astray?
I never thought that you would dare betray
I had to ask you but you wouldn’t say
You wouldn’t say
 
Alrescha
Shows over, heading home
Tonight I just don’t want to be alone
I just wanted a place to call my own
No matter where me life led me to roam
The seeds of karma have all been sown
Is there no way that I could just atone?
I finally done something you can’t condone
You know I never wanted to disown
My only home

Monday, May 6, 2024

“Chasing Dreams, Chasing Time (feat. Emmett Folger)” by STATHI – A Song Feature

 

     The song from STATHI offers a reflective journey into shaping a lifelong perspective. Vocally, “Chasing Dreams, Chasing Time” is reminiscent of a calmer version of the Scottish band Biffy Clyro. And the use of a landline answering machine recording from a loved one (Mom?) is similar to the far less positive, but equally introspective, single “Hate Me” from Blue October. With maturity comes perspective? Well, not often enough. But STATHI explains:
   “This is a song I worked on with my good friend and producer Emmett Folger throughout 2023 in his Brooklyn home studio. It is a follow up to our last song ‘Make Sense, Make Amends’ and it is a song about growing. I have been thinking a lot about how to get healthier in mind, body and spirit and a lot of those themes show through in this tune. It is also about finding ways to preserve a childlike spirit and to not give up on dreaming just because you're growing older and things are getting heavy. I hope this resonates with listeners.” 
 
     The lyrics intelligently accommodate interpretations that are personal to different listeners. A personally relatable verse provides the basis for the song’s title, “Chasing my dreams and chasing time // I’m setting some goals to feel alive.” The full lyrics are included at the bottom of this post.
 
     STATHI is the project of Stathi Patseas, a singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska. He is now based in New York City.  His debut album, “Life of Compromise,” was released in March 2019.
 
     “Chasing Dreams, Chasing Time (feat. Emmett Folger)” by STATHI

Lyrics of “Chasing Dreams, Chasing Time (feat. Emmett Folger)” by STATHI
I had to eat my words
And now I’ve done it like a thousand times
I have defined the meaning of me.
 
I listened to my heart
I swear I listened like a million times
I swore never again
I meant never again.
 
I try and convolute
I'm really hoping just find some truth
I place the blame on everything.
 
I never contemplate
I'm only wanting to appreciate
I think it’s finally doing some good.
 
And I made you feel small
You said I did it like a hundred times
I said never again
I swore never again.
 
Every Sunday is lasting longer
Mindless patience, mindless wander
Chasing my dreams and chasing time
I’m setting some goals to feel alive.
 
[Interjection]
I'm really hoping just find some truth, some truth, truth, truth…
[Interjection]
I listened to my heart
I swear I listened like a million times.
 
Chasing my dreams and chasing time
Feel the best when I feel alone
On my own and I want to go home.
 
Call a cab and I call it quits
Fell asleep so I could just forget.
 
Every Sunday is lasting longer
Mindless patience, mindless wander
Chasing my dreams and chasing time
I’m setting some goals to feel alive.
 
I wanna place my future in your hands
Taking these outcomes as they land.
Fighting those thoughts that can intrude
To tell the truth I still believe in you.
 
I have defined the meaning of me.
 
I swore never again
I meant never again.