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I've been crawling on my belly
Clearing out what could've been.
I've been wallowing in my own chaotic
And insecure delusions.
I wanna feel the change consume me,
Feel the outside turning in.
I wanna feel the metamorphosis and
Cleansing I've endured within
Tool, Forty Six and Two
Sometimes a song comes along or maybe you've even heard several times. Sometimes, you've heard it and just enjoyed the music. Then... you read the lyrics. And the song takes on a whole new meaning for you. Ever had this happen? I have, several times. It's a pretty cool experience, especially when you already like the music. It just makes the whole thing that much cooler.
I really enjoy reading lyrics to songs. I have certain favorites of course. Just like a good book, I like the style presented by some, the words they use, the phrases and the way they're pieced together. Sometimes, I think it's just cool that someone has been able to find an avenue for their thoughts to be heard. Find a medium for their reflection, a way to convey how they feel, or felt at a certain point in time.
One of my favorite groups growing up was Rush. I was instantly amazed by the amount of power they could cram into a song, especially since there was only three of them. It sounded like there were nine musicians in the studio sometimes. Their use of instruments that weren't conventional at the time, such as synthesizers and a drum set that was as big as a truck. That coupled with the amazing lyrics of Neil Peart just had such an impact on me at such a young age, I had to get everything they ever recorded. I always got their newest albums within a few days after being released. I remember thinking as a kid how cool it would be to grow up like Neil Peart. Drummer extraordinaire, great lyricist, and he was a great artist as well, if I remember correctly. That was cool, because I used to love to draw too.
A couple years back, I heard a song on the radio by Godsmack called Serenity. It was an acoustic song, with powerful lyrics such as...
Tragic visions slowly stole my life
Tore away everything
Cheating me out of my time
I'm the one who loves you
No matter wrong or right
And every day I hold you
I hold you with my inner child
I loved it. Then after hearing the song several times, I heard a DJ here in Portland talk about how the song was inspired by a book that was written by non other than... Neil Peart! My hero! How cool was this? Then, the DJ followed up with the story of Neil Peart's wife and daughter both dying within 10 months of each other. He then decided to go on a road trip to clear his mind with his best friend, and before they leave, his friend gets thrown in jail, and can't make it. So he takes off on his own, riding around through several countries on this motorcycle so he doesn't tie himself up in a noose. He just rides and rides and rides. The book was about that journey.
So now, I've got to read this book. Even though I first heard of it over a year ago, for some strange reason, it has hit me like a ton of bricks that I need to read this book. Soon.
Am I ever gonna change
Will I always stay the same
If I say one thing,
Then I do the other
It’s the same old song,
That goes on forever
Am I ever gonna change
I’m the only one to blame
When I think I’m right,
I wind up wrong
It’s a futile fight,
Gone on too long
Extreme, Am I ever going to change
5/21/2006 7:23 pm
Perhaps the greatest drummer of them all. The book must be powerful beyond description. The loss, the sadness, the search for answers... all scripted by a creative mind. I'll be interested in your review.|
Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...
5/22/2006 10:17 pm
I'm a fan, can you tell? Not a die-hard one but still one all the same.
Neil Peart inspired Scott Rockenfield (drummer extraordinaire of Queensryche) so you know they reside in a league all their own.
I'd be interested in a review too. When you mentioned his losses, it sounded familiar to me so I must have known about it but have never heard of the book.
5/22/2006 10:18 pm
BTW, do we have a name for said book? Too lazy to google it tonight. |
5/23/2006 7:26 am
The name of the book is "Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road". It was written a few years ago.|
5/24/2006 4:05 pm
Just passing thru, kinda at a run. Just checking on the story mostly, mine is coming, kinda slow as well. But I have a few installments I dont think you have seen yet. Maybe when we both get time. Right! lol Later|
5/31/2006 12:11 pm
bro...it is an awsome book. *smiles* it's funny how some lyrics move us and then when we really take time out to read and understand them it's the opposite effect too....the eh okay so much for that tune...thing..as well as you described. |
Now for the game. *wicked grin* I have always wanted to know what is three main attributes that when times really were bad between you and Tits made you stay and ride out the storms? All relationships have rough spots what keeps you the man i have come to totally respect?
6/1/2006 1:40 pm
Especially loved the last bit..thanks! MOlove|
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