Music Musings on Monday

So, I am going to try my best to do some weekly postings. This one is for Mondays, and it’s called Music Musings on Monday. For this one I will turn on the iphone, choose a Pandora radio station, and if it’s a song that’s inspired me to write I will fill you in on the lyrics, and how it inspired me. If you are interested there will also be a link to the youtube video of the song, so you can take a listen!

So for the first Music Musings on Monday:

The first thing that came up was Too Close by Alex Clare, and I tried to write something about it, but I really couldn’t. I like the song because it’s dub-steppy, but the words to the song are meaningless to me. So I tried again.

Song: Writing on The Walls

Artist: Underoath

CD: Define The Great Line

Genre:Christian Metalcore

Features:

  • Hard rock roots
  • Punk Influences
  • A subtle use of vocal harmony
  • Minor key tonality

Lyrics:

Maybe we,
Why don’t we
Sit right here for half an hour
We’ll speak of what a waste I am

And how we missed the beat again!

I swear we need to find some comfort
In this run down place
To bridge the gap of this
Conscious state that we live in
And I’m short on time
How come you try
(To place us all)
And fit the shape of
(And I pray for)
What they tell you
(You to move on, move on! )
But mostly what they show you
(At this rate we can’t give up)
I’m takin back all the things I’ve said
We’re takin back all the things I’ve said
(But I sure can’t just sit still)
Keep me filled in and I swear I’ll come

We walk alone
We walk alone
We walk alone
We walk alone
We walk alone
We walk alone
Back home
Alone back home

You’re almost gone and I’m okay
(I still see your shadow)
To give you time to be afraid
(But never your face again
I remember your presence)

I hope to God you come down
I hope to God you feel this now
I hope to God you come down
I hope to… God

I know there must be some way out of here
And all of them will be waiting there.

So, why do I enjoy this song? Well, in general I love this band. I draw a lot of inspiration from them, along with the band of their clean vocalist (Aaron Gillepsie, The Almost). Aaron is no longer a part of the band and decided to concentrate on his devotion to God, but the band is still good with a bit heavier sound. Back to this song, what I love about most of Underoath’s songs is the balance between the clean vocals and the gritty screaming. I also love the screamer. Now, for those who don’t like metal, you may be saying–it’s just screaming! I assure you, it really isn’t, not all screamers are created equal. This screamer or unclean vocalist, Spencer Chamberlain, actually despite his title, has very clean screams–at least to my ears! They have a bit of air to them that allows them to be understood, and I have to say that I quite enjoy, shall I say, love it when Aaron puts a scream in here and there, which he does in this song. The last part of the song slows, and then bam! It’s heavy again. I love this sort of meaningful pause in a song. The lyrics to this song are also strong and appealing to me. Now, this song didn’t inspire any particular scene in any of my novels, but wove it’s magic into In Between Seasons while I was editing it (and now as I revise it again). So, if you would like you can take a peak at the video on YouTube by clicking on the title up above.

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