Strange you never knew :: SOTD

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Keep Art Alive :: Art by Loui Jover

“I want to hold the hand inside you,
I want to take a breath that’s true.
I look to you and I see nothing,
I look to you to see the truth.”

About the song:

“Fade into You” is a song by Mazzy Star off of their album, So Tonight That I Might See. The song was written by lyricist and lead singer, Hope Sandoval, along with composer David Roback, who also served as the song’s producer.

The song reached #3 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, in 1994, and is Mazzy Star’s only single to make the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #4. The song also charted at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Two music videos were completed for “Fade into You.” The first was directed by Merlyn Rosenberg and premiered on MTV in late October 1993, several weeks after the album’s release. It features the band performing in front of a projection depicting white clouds in a black sky, and is interlaced with slow-motion footage of the band in various locales in the Mojave Desert.

A second music video was directed by Kevin Kerslake (same director as “Vapour Trail – see previous post) and first aired in February 1994. Known as the Black and White version for its mono-chromic content throughout, the intentionally grainy, distorted footage shows the band performing in a darkened Burlesque-era ballroom, and is interspersed with footage of Sandoval and Roback at various sites around San Francisco, including the All Seasons Hotel (now the Crescent Hotel) and neighboring Stockton Street tunnel, coupled with genuine footage of the same sites shot in the 1930’s.

Only the latter music video was broadcast internationally.

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Hope Sandoval

My thoughts:

I quite possibly have written about this song a hundred times, and I may write about it a hundred times more. It’s one of those songs that brings so many feelings out of me, so many memories, and so many stories.

Today it evokes memories of a soft duvet covering naked skin. Two bodies sleeping still, his arm thrown over hers haphazardly. The warmth of the morning not yet settling in so she curls closer into him.

They haven’t been like this in a long while, long enough to forget certain things about each other, but their bodies remember everything. Is that muscle memory? Is that what they call it?

Last night he said its because she lives in his bloodstream. So, does that make it blood memory?

She wanted to say he’s always with her, but she said nothing. Sometimes truths are hard on the heart.

This song wasn’t playing in the room, but she turned it up high as she drove away.

Fade into You (live) :: Mazzy Star
originally from the album, So Tonight That I Might See (1993)

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