Black Lodge “Breviculum” and Surrendering to Darkness (Temporarily)

My Facebook & Twitter friend Julie requested that I consider the lyrics to this modern rock/industrial opus by the Los Angeles band Black Lodge.  Here’s the song: and here are the lyrics as I dictated, since it doesn’t appear to be published anywhere. Breviculum You know I think you’re beautiful You …

Reclaiming the Power to Change: Counting Crows “Murder of One”

Oh, change.  Counting Crows’ “Murder of One” tackles the eternal human struggle that is change, with gusto and intensity you need to make a break-through. The danger of a situation like the situation referred to in the song is that if you stay long enough in a bad situation, that …

Song Reflections: Tori Amos “Spark”

“Spark” is a song about having the power to change yet not being able to wield it effectively. She’s convinced she could hold back a glacier Which echoes a different quote,  one from Marienne Williamson, made famous by Nelson Mandela: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our …

Song Reflections: Soundgarden “Fell on Black Days”

“Fell on Black Days” is a relatable song about the frustration of life going wrong and the seeming inability to change it.  While I disagree with the notion that life is what’s handed to you and you are powerless to change it, the thought definitely comes up often and it’s …

Song Reflections: Genesis “No Son of Mine”

Family is everything.  At least, it starts out that way for all of us.  So when the world = family takes down our being, then we can’t help but go down.  I’m probably not exaggerating when I say that in the history of humanity, more bad parenting happened than good.  We are all carrying ungrown children inside, and then taking it out again on other children.

The history being what it is, if your family ever let you down profoundly, one of the safest places to turn to is music.  In music, you can relive those painful moments.  You can shed tears, howl in rage, unleash all the accusations you can come up with.  It’s not fun, but that’s what we must do, before we can begin to heal, forgive, and let go.

There is no salvation in this song.  Just a harsh tragedy.  It is that way for some of us.

All the more reason to be gentle with each other.