Monthly Archives: April 2016

CLOSE MY EYES

I have been so busy
that my head is spinning.

Round and round,
goes the days.
Cyclic. Uneventful. Mundane.

The stress is building
and like heavy snow
on a small limb,
it is almost time for breaking.

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I’LL BE AROUND: Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun has been experiencing a recent flare in popularity thanks to the Honda Civic commercial that featured Walking on the Sun off their first album, “Nu’ Disco 10.” The electronic dance Australian duo consists of Luke Steele (lead) and Nick Littlemore. Frontman Luke can often be found wearing an eclectic head piece that only emphasizes their futuristic and electric sound.

While Walking on the Sun tends to be their most popular tune, I wanted to write a bit about one of my favorites, I’ll Be Around off their second disc, “Ice on the Dune.” With the influence of 80’s pop and a dreamlike-wavy beat, this song always gets my attention and often inspires me just simply sway.

I’ll be Around starts off with a sweet-rolling guitar that seems to dive around the chords punctuated by a constant snare and cymbal. The sound is answered by a keyboard melody that panders off into the distance. After two rounds this, the song settles off to Luke’s voice, which comes in so soft and gentle it almost has an ethereal feel.

Luke lyrically speaks of a feeling that he had a child and is now trying to remember, which as the song reveals throughout is one of love and devotion to another person. The chorus begins with its repetition of “So I’ve made up my mind, I’ll be around for a while/You can bet on your life, I’ll be around for a while,” which brings a strange reassurance and comfort to the song. A sound that reminds me of a release in air pressure can also be heard throughout the chorus – for me this somewhat mimics the human response of relief. Perhaps to imitate a person’s emotion after learning that their love will be staying with them?

After four runs through the chorus and verses, each of which have their own distinct difference, I’ll Be Around slowly fades out just as quietly as Luke began it.

This song is very relaxing to me. I can’t deny that images of slow walks on the beach during a sunset with a slight breeze are flashing through my mind each time I hear it. The beat is wave-like and weaves on the periphery of dreams.

Please take a listen of the track here and check out the full lyrics below.

Enjoy!

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“I’ll Be Around” by Empire of the Sun

When I was young
The feeling was there
It is still there
Unweaving in me
As I recollect
Take me back to the stems of it
To the eyes of the parent’s tongue
I’ll listen to them

So I made up my mind
I’ll be around for a while
You can bet on your life
I’ll be around for a while

Call out my name, when you call I’ll be there
I’m always runnin’ chasing flames on a dare
Come back in that light, come on darling shine
Call out my name, when you call I’ll be there

So I made up my mind
I’ll be around for a while
You can bet on your life
I’ll be around for a while

Time after time
I’ll be around
This love tonight
It will be around for a while

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride
Virtually a mystic couldn’t ravel tonight
Harder than diamonds, cut up the sky
Running like a river while I move to sun

So I made up my mind
I’ll be around for a while
You can bet on your life
I’ll be around for a while

Time after time
I’ll be around
This love tonight
It will be around for a while

We don’t need to stay aha
Have you seen’ Yes I changed my ways again
Really needed say

When I’ve prayed, aha
Prayed to live with someone like you someday
It’s all I need to say
It’s all I need to say, It’s all I need to say

So I made up my mind
I’ll be around for a while
You can bet on your life
I’ll be around for a while

Time after time
I’ll be around
This love tonight
It will be around for a while

JUST FINISHED: Bell Weather

Author: Dennis Mahoney

Genre: Fantasy/Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Bell Weather is a captivating tale about Molly Bell – err, Smith I should say – who comes to find herself in the outpost town of Root on the continent of Floria. Alone and full of mystery, Molly is an enchanting character that fills the pages with her eagerness and curiosity.

Mahoney has created a unique piece of fiction, seamlessly combining the essence of the colonial times with the spirit of a fantasy novel. This strange but favorable mix brings to life a vivid adventure with Molly as the centerpiece, linking all the strands together.

Mahoney’s writing is fantastic for this novel. His words are woven beautifully and just seem to roll off the pages, creating wonderful images of this foreign land. His text is so fluid and colorful that I had trouble putting this one down.

If you are in the mood to be pulled along on a winding narrative of mystery and adventure in a mystical yet realistic land, this one is for you.