One More Light

“One More Light” ~ Linkin Park
Should’ve stayed, were there signs, I ignored?
Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore?
We saw brilliance, when the world, was asleep
There are things that we can have, but can’t keep

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?

Well I do

The reminders pull the floor from your feet
In the kitchen, one more chair than you need oh
And you’re angry, and you should be, it’s not fair
Just ’cause you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it, isn’t there

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?

Well I do

Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Well I do

This is for Chester. Chester Bennington of Linkin Park took his own life last Thursday what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. He had been devastated by the loss of Chris, a close friend of his. He was godfather to Chris Jr. and sang Hallelujah at Chris Cornell’s funeral.

It’s tragic beyond words. Chester had a wife and six children. He had battled so much trauma in his life and LP was just putting out their latest record from where this amazing song comes.  I get the impression that Chris’ death was what tipped his scales. He said he couldn’t imagine a life without him.

I don’t know what the answer is…I  just know we need to do what we can to reach out to those who are in the dark and struggling.  If you or someone you know is depressed and possibly having thoughts of self harm or suicide, please don’t hesitate to contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, confidential and 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

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Blow Up the Outside World

 

Blow Up the Outside World ~ Soundgarden

 

Nothing seems to kill me no matter how hard I try
Nothing is closing my eyes
Nothing can beat me down for your pain or delight
And nothing seems to break me
No matter how hard I fall
Nothing can break me at all
Not one for giving up though not invincible I know

I’ve givin’ everything I need
I’d give you everything I own
I’d give in if it could at least be ours alone
I’ve given everything I could
To blow it to hell and gone
Burrow down in and blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside world

Someone tried to tell me something
Don’t let the world bring you down?
Nothing will do me in before I do myself
So save it for your own and the ones you can help

I’ve givin’ everything I need
I’d give you everything I own
I’d give in if it could at least be ours alone
I’ve given everything I could
To blow it to hell and gone
Burrow down in and blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside world

Want to make it understood
Wanting though I never would
Trying though I know it’s wrong
Blowing it to hell and gone
Wishing though I never could

Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside world

Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside world
Blow up the outside

Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside

Seasons

 

 

“Seasons” ~ Chris Cornell      (Singles Soundtrack)

Summer nights and long warm days
Are stolen as the old moon falls
My mirror shows another face
Another place to hide it all
Another place to hide it all

And I’m lost, behind
The words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

Sleeping with a full moon blanket
Sand and feathers for my head
Dreams have never been the answer
And dreams have never made my bed
Dreams have never made my bed

And I’m lost, behind
The words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

Now I want to fly above the storm
But you can’t grow feathers in the rain
And the naked floor is cold as hell
This naked floor reminds me
Oh the naked floor reminds me

And I’m lost, behind
Words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

If I should be short on words
And long on things to say
Could you crawl into my world
And take me worlds away
Should I be beside myself
And not even stay

And I’m lost, behind
Words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

Say Hello 2 Heaven

Heart needs to sing. At the memorial at KEXP yesterday, a former well-known DJ from the 90s named Riz made a touching and funny speech about his experience meeting Chris Cornell. Toward the end, he told the audience to pick a Soundgarden song and make it theirs…just not Black Hole Sun. Haha. Too late, I already did that one on harmonium. 🙂

The song that was most poignant yesterday was Chris Cornell’s acoustic version of “Say Hello 2 Heaven”, a song from his time with Temple of the Dog, the mash-up group that included members of Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, and Soundgarden to honor the passing of Andrew Wood of heroin addiction, former lead singer of Mother Love Bone and roommate to Chris.

Chris’ voice is truly incomparable. The tributes from fellow rock stars and musicians across the world speak wonders to his innate talent, his powerful soul, and his generous and tender spirit.

This is my version on harmonium, with a pretty hilarious cat cameo from my sweet Cotton who has just had surgery this week and is wearing a cone on her head. Girl just needed a lap.

Here are a couple version of this song from Chris. Just listen to his ethereal soul-stirring voice. The man forced you to stop and pay attention with every song he sang.  Do listen as well to his cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U.  The voice. The voice. THE voice.

Videos after the lyrics:

Please, mother mercy
Take me from this place
And the long winded curses
I keep hearing in my head
Words never listen
And teachers never learn
Now I’m warm from the candle
But I feel too cold to burn
He came from an island
And he died from the street
He hurt so bad like a soul breaking
But he never said nothing to me

So say hello to heaven
So say hello to heaven


New like a baby
Lost like a prayer
The sky was your playground
But the cold ground was your bed

Poor stargazer
She’s got no tears in her eyes
Smooth like whisper
She knows that love heals all wounds with time

Now it seems like too much love
Is never enough, you better seek out
Another road ’cause this one has ended abrupt

Say hello to heaven
Say hello to heaven

I never wanted
To write these words down for you
With the pages of phrases
Of things we’ll never do
So I blow out the candle, and

I put you to bed
Since you can’t say to me
Now how the dogs broke your bone
There’s just one thing left to be said:

Say hello to heaven
Say hello to heaven

~ Chris Cornell, Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden

The Lady of Shalott

Does anyone listen to these any more or are you all sick of me? 🙂

This is for the wonderful Eric at My Sword and Shield.  I think it was a request, or did I suggest it…I can’t remember. Ah well.

I love Loreena McKennitt and this song is a beauty…and a beast. 11 minutes full length, so I had to truncate it. 🙂 This was what I could get done today.

Hope you like it! Probably one of the tougher vocal challenges I’ve had.

And Cotton had to cameo…again. Somehow I still managed.

Know the Wild that Wants You

 

Not long ago, I revived my listening of Iron & Wine when I bought one of his albums for my turntable. I saw him perform live once, and the man is talented, not only in his musicianship, but his lyrics and story telling.

This renewed interest had me checking up on what albums of his I may have missed in recent years. Turns out last year he released a joint album with Jesca Hoop, who is also amazing. Her voice is wonderful and well, the two of them together is a match made in heaven.

So I offer you my attempt at a cover of their song “Know the Wild that Wants You” of their album “Love Letter For Fire”…one I highly recommend. And also, Jesca’s latest album “Memories are Now” is incredibly unique and worth the buy. She came to Seattle recently, but I missed it, unfortunately.

You can check out a great Tiny Desk concert they did together for NPR to see what I mean about their voices. And they do sing the song I just covered (lyrics below video):

 

“Know the Wild that Wants You” ~ Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop

when you were a boy you stuck
your thumb inside the light
morning bottle warm
holy compass ready you would run into the wild
into the wild
gathered in its arms
in its arms
in its arms

when you’re in the city you’re
a tangled native tongue
another tongue eating fear for free
know the wild that wants you
know you’re not another pillow on
a gun drifting off to sleep
and come home
and come home

feel your own bones say “heal yourself, yourself”
hear your own heart moan
“love yourself, yourself”

when you were a girl salt was
beading down your back
and all the braids were tangled in your hair
candy for your lips and for your love
all you were given was a bruise
falling down the stairs

when you’re in the city and it’s talking to itself, to itself
stealing what you sing
know the wild that wants you
when the sun is underground
and park police are laughing off your leaves

hear your own bones say “heal yourself, yourself”
hear your own heart moan
“love yourself, yourself
and come home, and come home
and come home, and come home”

Read more:  Sam Beam – Know The Wild That Wants You Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

Release

My version of “Release” by Pearl Jam. First attempt, practicing.

Felt I needed to honor my hometown boys, Pearl Jam, who are being inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame tonight in Brooklyn. They certainly deserve it. And what a time to be a teenager in Seattle, growing up in the height of the “grunge” scene. I will never forget the energy in the city. Congratulations to Eddie and the crew!