It’s been a while since Weller Wednesday happened here at lyriquediscorde. I think Weller and I needed a break. Sometimes space is needed to redefine music that once held significance in a relationship that is no longer. Though I was a fan before, it was definitely a shared thing, and I needed to find a way to unlink it, and put the memories away. I needed to find my way back to the music of Weller on my own.
Thanks, Paul Weller, for choosing a Weller Wednesday to release the second single, “Movin On”, from the upcoming album, True Meanings, coming out this September. It’s just what I needed to get back into your music. Lyrically, too, this song feels timely and relevant, and also just what I needed, for me, today.
“Movin On” by Paul Weller
from the upcoming album, True Meanings (coming September 2018)
“Thru’ the heartaches and pain,
thru’ the darkness again,
til you find yourself back,
in the light once again.
To show –
you’re movin on.”
True Meanings to be released on September 14, 2018. Pre-order your copy here.
“Movin On” features English folk singer and guitarist Martin Carthy, as well as Villagers’ members, and songwriters, Conor O’Brien and Erland Cooper. Exceptional strings, something Weller is stellar at, add a bit of a jazz to this breezy summer folk-ish song. Something in the arrangement and lyrics reminds me of the mid-90’s.
Though I prefer Weller’s earlier single from True Meanings, “Aspects”, this new track feels like a grower. I know I’ll be hitting play many times in the near future…starting right now.
I do love the sentiment of moving on from pain and hurt, from things that hold you back, and perhaps even from yourself. Its hopeful, and I do love hopeful. I think we could all use some hopeful today. Thanks, PW.
“Cherub Rock” by The Smashing Pumpkins
Last night was wonderful. I can feel us working our way back to how we were, finding us again. I can feel us both trying. Last night some things came into focus. Realizations of how significant the changes have been, how big they really are, and it helped to shift my perspective. I know that some of what has upset and worried me has been rooted in my own insecurities and fears. Not everything. I do have some valid worries, but most of it was my own fear. I feel so much better now, so much clearer. I feel like I got my hope back last night.
This morning has had some bumps. Its hard to see someone I love hurt, especially when there is nothing I can do to help. All I can do is hang on tighter, love through it, and be there to listen and support.
It’s August 1st. I love first days, new starts, blank pages, and beginnings. I think this is going to be a brilliant month. I really, really do.
Top 5 Music Obsessions – Monday, August 1, 2018
1. “September Song” by Agnes Obel
I fell for this song when I heard it in “Big Little Lies”. Today it feels peaceful, hopeful, calm. It feels like the best audible way to start off the new month of August.
I really do think it is going to be a wonderful month.
2. “My Finest Hour” by The Sundays
“And I keep hoping you are the same as me.”
I think we are both the same and different, and I think the blending of the two is like a mixtape. We are music, harmony, and discordance (in the best way), and I never want to stop listening to us.
3. “Hand On Your Heart” by José González
“Well, it’s one thing to fall in love,
but another to make it last.”
It takes time and work and attention and care to make love last, and when it is right and true, every moment of it is worth it. I know we are worth it.
Also, I tend to forget about José González. He really has a beautiful voice, and beautiful, melancholic songs. I love the acoustic guitar in this track.
4. “Go Easy” by Ryan Adams And The Cardinals
“I will always love you.
I will always love you.
So, go easy on yourself.”
Oh, Ryan. You always have a song that fits. Always.
I wish love was enough to take the pain away, to make someone you love see themselves the way you see them, to be able to heal things from the past, and things from the not so past. It isn’t something that can fix, but I’m going to keep loving regardless. More and more each day.
5. “Some Day Soon” by Alexi Murdoch
“And, as I dream I’m falling down.
The world moves without a sound.
I’m lost as sure as I was found.
The sun comes up without a sound.”
The lyrics above remind me of sunrise, of mornings waking from fitful, insomniac laced sleep, and the hope that comes from the silence of the morning. Music will replace those silences, but before that, there is a sense of peace. I wish I could bottle it up, a silent morning allixer, to apply when needed.
Top 5 Music Obsessions – Week of July 30, 2018
“Strange Currencies” is one of my favorite R.E.M. songs. It has been a muse to poetry, and other writings of mine; playing as soundtrack to characters and emotions set to words on a page (or blank screen). I know I’m in the somewhat musical minority who favors later R.E.M. to their earlier work. But, I connected more in the 90’s to their music and albums. Those collections of tracks hit me harder in my twenties, fitting into my life, changes, and challenges in that decade. Though I’ve gone on to delve and delight in their first albums, it will always be 90’s R.E.M. that remain in my “favorite” lists, and that hit me in that emotional punch to the heart kind of way. “Strange Currencies” is in that emotional punch to the heart place, and lands its swing every time I hear it.
The album Monster came into my life while I was working at Tower Records. I can remember it playing in the before-hours mornings when we were counting down drawers, stocking shelves, and readying ourselves for the day. “Strange Currencies”, along with “Crush with Eyeliner” were always my favorites.
I heard this track today when I hit play on an old playlist and it reminded me, once again, of how much I love the song.
“Strange Currencies” by R.E.M.
from the album, Monster (1994)
Song of the Day
“Now fool might be my middle name,
but I’d be foolish not to say.
I’m going to make whatever it takes,
ring you up,
call you down,
sign your name
make it rhyme,
take you in and make you mine.”
Though there has always been something slightly sinister in the chorus (and one could argue, underlying the entire song), the feeling of “you will be mine” feels different sometimes. I think that there are moments where it comes across as passionate instead of sinister – or maybe that’s just subjective to how I’m feeling.
I am feeling very passionate lately. Falling in love with the person you are meant to be with will do that to you.
When you know you know. I believe that, just as I believe in us. I remember exactly when I knew for sure, and though to some people it may seem naive, and foolish, how quickly we knew, how fast we acted to be together, and what big steps we made together, I know, without a doubt, that it was right. I know, without a doubt, that we are right.
“Strange Currencies” (live) by R.E.M.