music | a – airborne toxic event, the #atozchallenge

#atozchallenge 2017 | music | what sandra thinks
[Disclaimer: I am not a musician. I can sing. I remember most of the recital piece I played on the piano when I was 6. But I’m not a musician. I know what I like and what I don’t like and what will likely be the soundtrack when I arrive in hell. I know that I have a deep appreciation for certain male voices. I know that song lyrics have inspired me. And I know that I’m opinionated as hell. When it comes to music. And pretty much everything else.]
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[Aside: Technically, this artist should be filed under T… however, do you have any idea how many artists I’d have under T if I did that? Exactly.]

a | airborne toxic event, the

The lead singer… the guy who started the band… is a writer. And I don’t just mean a songwriter. A writer writer. He’s a storyteller. In fact, Mikel Jollett had planned to pursue a career as a writer. But he was a self-professed ‘slacker’… until he started writing songs at the age of 31. Personal suffering drove him to it — a bad break-up, his mother’s cancer, his own autoimmune disease.

The first time I heard Sometime Around Midnight (back in 2008), I kind of melted. I wrote about it in one of my ‘song of the day’ posts. It’s beautiful… the vocals… the strings. Obviously, the song was something special… and not just to me. The band was still unsigned back then, but a few radio stations — only eight — put the song in regular rotation. Two of those stations were local to me.

Since I already featured that breakthrough song, I’ve chosen another. It wasn’t easy – my other favorite (which really is #1 for me) was also previously posted. To simplify my decision for today, I chose from the songs that start with A… which narrowed it down to three. And my choice was clear.

I was going to post only a piece of these lyrics, but I couldn’t do it…

All I Ever Wanted
I can only say these things to you while you’re sleeping

I hear the hum from the wires, the sounds of the morning creeping
I lie awake and pretend you can hear me

You tell me that you’re scared that you’re turning into your mother
I feel myself turning into my father
We could lie to each other like they do and say we’re so happy
It’s easy when you’re young and you still want it so badly

And I feel my heart pounding
And I think I might scream…

I can tell you that you’re all I’ve ever wanted, dear
I can utter every word you’ve ever hoped to hear
I shudder when I think that I might not be here forever, forever, forever

In the night you whisper like a ghost and you look so shaken
You’re so quiet and small and you tell me you want to be taken
I just never think of you as the kind of girl who would say that
You suddenly seem like some faceless thing in my grasp

Your eyes so wide, your face aglow
It’s the face of someone I don’t know

I can tell that you’re all I’ve ever wanted, dear
I can utter every word you’ve ever hoped to hear
I shudder when I think I might not be here forever, forever, forever

All I can think is that it must be a kind of rebellion
To arm your fears like soldiers and slay them

I can tell that you’re all I’ve ever wanted, dear
Through the din while you’re breathing, while you’re sleeping here
You wake and you ask me if I’m gonna be here forever, forever, forever

Your face so twisted and your eyes alight
I want to tell you I can change you when you cry at night
But I’d be lying
Love is defying

song of the day

honorable mention.
Angels & Airwavespreviously featured
AerosmithI have to mention them being from here… plus Joe Perry… love him… so nice and not bad to look at… even today… and when I met him almost 15 years ago when he was 51.
song of the day
#atozchallenge | music
© 2017 what sandra thinks
[Obviously I am not the owner of any rights to this song, video, or lyrics…]
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About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Hawaii where she could learn to surf. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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20 Responses to music | a – airborne toxic event, the #atozchallenge

  1. Never heard of this band or even this song but I’m really diggin’ it…..keep this shit up, you’re showing me all kinds of fantastic music! Thanks Girl!

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  2. I never heard it either but it’s lovely. Great lyrics. Nice start to #AtoZChallenge. Hope to catch up with you again during the month 😉

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  3. I didn’t know them, but I like! Not bad to look at either 🙂 I love Aerosmith, too. Nice post today!

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  4. Miss Andi says:

    Wowowow, thank you for sharing this song! I’ll go check out more because man, the violin, the cello, the drums… this is cool shit!

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  5. Awesome! I love when you introduce me to new music! 😉

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  6. Right on! Great start. 😃😃

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  7. Mary B says:

    Yay for learning about new (to me) music! Thank you for that. I’m going to go digging and find more of this band. Don’t fret about not filing this one under ‘T’. I did the same thing with my posts.. Any that started with the word ‘A’ or ‘The’ got filed under the next word.

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle #AtoZChallenge 1970’s Billboard Hits

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