Thursday, May 24, 2007

Song of the Week 24/05/2007 Dream Theater - Hollow Years

Oops update failure (also, something was wrong with blogger last week for some reason). Well, seeing as how I can't study atm for a couple of reasons (because I don't have enough study material) and I'm just consuming my time talking with someone special ;) I'll put up a small post. Sorry for the no update last week, it's just that there were probably too many songs for one to stand out, or, mexican culture is kicking in.

Well anyway, I never thought I would ever put a Dream Theater song that wasn't Octavarium or Finally Free, my two favorites. Well whatever, this song is up there with the melancholic ones I love to post as Songs of the Week, maybe it's part of my personality? It's for you to decide. It's a nice slow song, dealing with metaphorical issues with two apparently sad people who suddenly realize some things. The moment we lift the shadow of sad moments from which we hide, is the crashing down of hollow years, maybe we lost all of those years in which we carried the burden of heavy troubles hence the hollow years. Makes sense? If it does, you'll like the song, if it doesn't you can just read the lyrics ;) and interpret it any way you want. I don't care. Well actually I do, you can post about it, I'd love to hear it.

Dream Theater - Hollow Years Lyrics

He's just the kind of man
You hear about
Who leaves his family
For an easy out
They never saw the signs
He never said a word
He couldn't take another day

Carry me to the shoreline
Bury me in the sand
Walk me across the water
And maybe you'll understand

Once the stone
You're crawling under
Is lifted off your shoulders
Once the cloud that's raining
Over your head disappears
The noise that you'll hear
Is the crashing down of hollow years

She's not the kind of girl
You hear about
She'll never want another
She'll never be without
She'll give you all the signs
She'll tell you everything
Then turn around and walk away

Carry me to the shoreline
Bury me in the sand
Walk me across the water
And maybe you'll understand

Once the stone
You're crawling under
Is lifted off your shoulders
Once the cloud that's raining
Over your head disappears
The noise that you'll hear
Is the crashing down of hollow years

Carry me to the shoreline
Bury me in the sand
Walk me across the water
And maybe you'll understand

Once the stone
You're crawling under
Is lifted off your shoulders
Once the cloud that's raining
Over your head disappears
The noise that you'll hear
Is the crashing down of hollow years

Once the stone
You're crawling under...
The noise that you'll hear
Is the crashing down of hollow years

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Song of the Week 13/05/2007 A Perfect Circle - 3 Libras

You know? Sometimes I wonder a lot about which will be my next song of the week, but really, some song always appears along the way that makes life easier :P.

I listened to this song around 5 years ago. It was good, but I didn't keep a blog then. I was recently reinfected with this song because of Frets on Fire. Someone decided to "tab"(?) this song for that game and when I heard it again it was a pleasant surprise.

I really don't know much about the band itself (besides wikipedia's info:P). But I've heard a couple of songs and this was the one I liked the best.

About the meaning of the song.. the lyrics don't have much of an interpretation (nor are they very complex for that matter) but it does seem to refer to some kind of heartbreak... a very complex kind of heartbreak though.

3 libras means 3 pounds in spanish, but that isn't the actual interpretation of the title. I'm not sure I got it perfectly right, but in some DVD footage the lyricist explains the meaning of this song. It seems he believes that at first everyone lived with the objective of making the world a better place. He then realized there's a group of people emit some sort of positive aura alias the good people in this world, and there is another group who feeds on this aura like leeches instead of growing from it. Such bad people aren't they? So, if you love someone, and they play around with you, they suck your positive aura. Well I guess I could fit both sides, then what?

Well anyway in the experience of the songwriter, all these evil leeches all had birthdays around the same date, all with the zodiac sign of Libra. Poor Libras. Well anyway, there were 9 libras who affected his/his friends' life, but he took 3 libras he thought were the worst "positive-aura-sucking" side, and stabbed them back with a song.

He got a point in some way, why not everyone grow from these positive auras? Not everyone is nice, but anyway, you got a point in some way, and, you made a great song.

Btw the music video is pretty crazy, you can check it out on youtube. Or search for it more carefully.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Song of the Week 02/05/2007 Yes - And You and I

Yes is one of the greatest progressive rock bands. Their lineup includes top of the line musicians that simply love music. A 10 minute song, it's not that long compared to other songs from the same band, or the same album. After the song 'Close to the Edge', in the album by the same name, comes the wonderful 'And You and I'. With irrational lyrics, a lot of clean guitars, some solos from guitar and keyboard, this song is in my opinion one of the best progressive rock songs. It is not that crazy, nor fast, it's more full of melody and more like a ballad. For a faster, rocking song, go for 'Close to the Edge', which is great also. This one keeps it slow for the most of the time (not forgetting the solos though :P). It is divided in 4 parts if I remember well.

And you and I reached out for reasons to call...

Of course, no Song of the Week post is complete without a wikipedia tidbit.

"Yes are an English progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. Their music is marked by sharp dynamic contrasts, often extended song lengths, and a general showcasing of its members' instrumental skills. Yes uses symphonic and other so called 'classical' structures with their blend of musical styles. Despite the many changes to its lineup, the band has continued for nearly 40 years and retains a strong international following."

And the corresponding leeched lyrics.

The Song of the Week section is filling up, wonder what I'm going to do :/

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