Man, Has There Been Music…

I know I’ve touched upon music and it’s effect on my life in many, many posts here and there but the last few years have been absolutely filled with it!

I simply couldn’t be more grateful. Hands down, whenever Mel and I talk about the benefits of moving south (particularly to NC) we always inevitably end up on the music scene here in the triangle area.

It seems only fitting really…

I say this because literally every chapter of my life has been wrapped in notes and melodies, tied with a bow woven in whispers, crashes, lilting tones, thunderous beats, blips, bloops, screams, layers of harmony, finger plucks, incredible rhythmic poetry and lyrics based on nonsense and literally everything I believe in.

Put simply, music has always been with me. So it makes sense that it somehow followed me here.

Mel and I have a soft spot for the music we love and share (I’m sure I brought this up, but it literally brought us together. Seriously.) and while most couples wax and wane between genres and styles, somehow Melinda and I have remained synced up. Like some great cosmic DJ pressed two records from the vinyl of our psyches and has been using them in tandem ever since. We’ve run the gamut in tastes (our steady line up lately has been a mix of folk, metal, industrial, blues, hip hop and synth based pop/alternative) and I imagine we’ll always remain eclectic, but in last few years we’ve been really fond of the folk movement that’s bubbled up amongst, for the most part, our age group.

So many uber talented people from our generation are ditching their prog-rock/punk bands to grab a banjo or acoustic to sing about what’s truly in their hearts. And, frankly, there’s a hell of a lot to sing about. So yeah, we’ve been latching on to those folks a bunch, taking what they’re saying to heart and hopefully taking some of that fire with us into our day to day actions.

Just this last week saw one of our favorites! His name is Joe Pug and when he sung one of my favorites live at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, I had the iPhone out filming! So I’ll leave you with that! Enjoy! (lyrics follow below the clip,they’re really amazing!)

Lyrics to Hymn #101 :
Yea I’ve come to know the wish list of my father
I’ve come to know the shipwrecks where he wished
I’ve come to wish aloud among the over dressed crowd
Come to witness now the sinking of the ship
Throwing pennies from the sea top next to it
And I’ve come to roam the forest past the village
With a dozen lazy horses in my cart
I’ve come here to get high,
To do more than just get by.
I’ve come to test the timber of my heart
Oh, I’ve come to test the timber of my heart
And I’ve come to be untroubled in my seeking
And I’ve come to see that nothing is for naught
I’ve come to reach out blind
to reach forward and behind
For the more I seek the more I’m sought
Yea, the more I seek the more I’m sought.

And I’ve come to meet the sheriff and his posse
To offer him the broadside of my jaw
I’ve come here to get broke
Then maybe bum a smoke
We’ll go drinking two towns over after all
Oh, we’ll go drinking two towns over after all.

And I’ve come to meet the legendary takers
I’ve only come to ask them for a lot
Oh they say I come with less
than I should rightfully posses
I say the more I buy the more I’m bought
And the more I’m bought the less I cost
And I’ve come to take their servants and their surplus
And I’ve come to take their raincoats and their speed
I’ve come to get my fill
To ransack and spill
I’ve come to take the harvest for the seed
I’ve come to take the harvest for the seed

And I’ve come to know the manger that you sleep in
I’ve come to be the stranger that you keep
I’ve come from down the road
And my footsteps never slowed
Before we met, I knew we’d meet
Before we met, I knew we’d meet

And I’ve come here to ignore your cries and heartaches
I’ve come to closely listen to you sing
I’ve come here to insist
That I leave here with a kiss
I‘ve come to say exactly what I mean
and I mean so many things.

And you’ve come to know me stubborn as a butcher
and you’ve come to know me thankless as a guest
will you recognize my face when gods awful grace
strips me of my jacket and my vest
and reveals all the treasure in my chest

4 thoughts on “Man, Has There Been Music…

  1. Hi Tad. I’ve been watching your very helpful WordPress tutorials, which prompted me to look up your website. I am so impressed. This is one the most beautiful sites I have ever seen (and I’ve seen thousands).

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