Countdown to Pete Yorn’s ArrangingTime :: Day 1 of 11
Today is the first of March, the first of a favorite month of mine, albeit an emotional one. The month of my birthday, of a past anniversary, the month of plans for live music, hiking, a possible road trip, three-weeks break from school, and some exciting/frightening changes. It is also the month of the long-awaited sixth solo album (last one was six years ago – though there’s been other music in-between) from one of my favorite artists, Pete Yorn.
We are big fans of his round here at lyriquediscorde, and have been devouring each single that’s been released (personal faves: Lost Weekend and Halifax) and anxiously awaiting the album, in its entirety, to be released; March 11 can’t get here soon enough!
So, to quell our anticipation, or maybe to fuel it more, lyriquediscorde will be posting a daily countdown until the album’s release. What will we offer up? How about some Top 5’s of each of the past 5 solo albums, a list of favorite Pete-covers, some live moments, some favorite videos, and perhaps a few other surprises.
Consider it a Pete Yorn 101, if you are not already a fan, or a ten day prologue leading up to the actual story.
Oh, and if you haven’t pre-ordered the album yet, if you click here and are among the next 200 VINYL orders your album will be signed.
Without further ado, here we go with day one of the ArrangingTime countdown:
“Take a listen to this, you’ll love this guy,” was the words of my late husband back in 2001. We’d been married a year and had made a crazy move to a state we’d only stay in for nine months. We were unpacking boxes and exchanging nervous looks back-and-forth, the anticipation mixing itself up with a hefty dose of anxiety, the stuff that big changes tend to bring. He’d went to run an errand and stumbled upon a record store (always a find when in a new town) and picked up this album. He’d played it in the car on the way home and run in, excited, to share it with me. I can still remember that first moment, that first listen, and the first crackling sound of Life on a Chain.
He gave me many things during our life together, some good, some not so good, but music was always in that good category. I’ll always be grateful for him introducing me to Pete Yorn, and this album. It’s stayed in my favorite albums list, and has become a go-to album when I need to feel better, get motivated, and also as a soundtrack to any big change in my life.
Some of these songs – especially On Your Side and For Nancy (‘Cos It Already Is) have got me through loss and heartbreak, and kept me strong when I felt like I might break.
The thing that sticks out with this album, every-single-time I re-listen, is that these songs are stories that are told in a half-opened eye sort of way. We don’t get the entire thing, we get glimpses, pieces, snippets of overheard conversations, like when you walk by someone on the city streets and hear a piece of their life, or when your travelling somewhere and get caught up in people watching, making up stories about lives that you can’t honestly know.
Pete gives us just enough to make us long to know more, and also leaves out just enough that we fill in the rest, making the songs our own in the process. There are stories in-between the stories, in-between the notes and lyrics, hidden somewhere inside.
As a writer I love that so much. It’s made these songs sometimes be muses to me, fueling my own storytelling. It has also made these songs mean something to me that transcends their original intent. They’ve become part of my life soundtrack, and part of that path to finding self and understanding. Along with so much of my favorite music, this music, and this album, has helped me feel more alive.
These songs – this album – means a great deal to me.
My Top 5:
5. Life on a Chain
“And I was waiting over here
for life to begin.”
4. Lose You
“Stop before you fall,
into the hole,
that I have dug here.”
“It’s alright if I was older,
it’s ok to lose your age.”
2. For Nancy (‘Cos It Already Is)
“Convince yourself that everything is alright,
‘cos it already is.”
1. On Your Side
“And I listen,
yeah I listen.
Can you listen?
Now I’m listening.”