In Flames “Disconnected” and Why Feeling Pain Is Better Than Not Feeling at All

Sometimes life can feel painful.  You feel bad, and you think you’d rather feel nothing at all than to feel this pain. What we feel in reaction to life’s events is a matter of our own interpretation — but few of us train our minds enough to be truly unflappable.  Once …

Toad the Wet Sprocket’s “Architect of the Ruin” and Our Role in That Demise

As a fan since the 90’s I still mourn the passing of the mysterious and abrasive Toad from the pre-hiatus days (“Amnesia” anyone?) but the post-hiatus Toad seems to make up for it with ample wisdom that they now infuse into their songs.  Their latest EP’s title track is no …

Considering the Value of Your Dream in R.E.M. “Losing My Religion”

Famously, R.E.M. never explained their lyrics — so of course, what I’m about to say is not their message, but my agenda, my propaganda, my secret scheme to use whatever music as an empowerment tool for people making changes in their lives for the better. This song comes across to …

Consider the Ticking of Time Listening to Dave Matthews Band “Ants Marching”

“Ants Marching” is such a deceptive song.  Beneath its upbeat, cheery surface lies a sobering cautionary tale about the cost of life spent without engaging in meaningful activities. We look at each other Wondering what the other is thinking But we never say a thing These crimes between us grow …