3.22.2007

Album Notes - the Normals "Coming to Life"

You'd almost think I don't buy new music. Everything I've purchased in the last 60 days or so has been used first. Well frankly I'm not interested in the latest. In fact, I usually avoid new stuff, so I can see what others think about it first. Mostly I'm just cheap and poor.

Anyway...

I think it's good stuff. They are unashamed of who they are and who they are is a very solid pop band. It does take a listen or 2 before you are accumulated to the singers (Andrew Osenga) voice, but it does grow on you. A little.

Here's a quick sample of why I enjoy them. It's called 'The Best I Can'

I sometimes hide behind my words
Sometimes I’m round the corner from these songs
But words are only words, Like days are only days
And I’m nothing for just singing along
The air is hot in Florida, The rain is cold in Maine
The thaw is flooding Washington, And this all feels the same
But You’ve brought me to this place where there’s nothing else but faith
This is what I have been given and I will make the best I can
There’s a joy we find in living and a love that’s in Your hand

Cason’s always talking about the sky that covers Kansas
And I wish I could be under it today
I’m tired of all the spinning lies, Tired of all this killing time
Tired of always getting in the way
I wish I could conjure up a love song
Wish I could pray the way my friends do back home
Is there a part of You that I still don’t believe
‘Cause this is not what I thought I had been praying for
But this is what I have been given and I will make the best I can
There’s a joy we find in living and a love that’s in Your hand

Someday some girl will find my words beautiful
Someday some son will call me dad
Someday I won’t wake to find myself lying in another cold and lonely hotel bed
Someday I’ll trade in this guitar for a city of golden praise
Someday I won’t be here any longer
Someday
But this is what I have been given and I will make the best I can
There’s a joy we find in living and a love that’s in Your hand

First of all, Cason's the Keyboardist. So there's a real person in the song. Cool
Secondly, there are 3 distinct verses that don't have anything to do with each other, except that they lead into the chorus very naturally. Very Cool.
Thirdly, the line "But You’ve brought me to this place where there’s nothing else but faith". I don't know anyone who can't relate to that. The way it's worded, just makes it easy to dive into. Sometime I hear things on the radio that I understand what they are saying, but I can't connect with it.

Great Lyrics, Gotta love 'em.

Peace

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