Posts Tagged ‘Fates Warning’

Listening to the words

Wednesday, March 26th, 2003

Seeing as how I’ve been listening to prog rock as a genre for some five or six years now, and bands like Pink Floyd and King Crimson for many more, I definitely tend to consider my musical “background” (as a listener) to be grounded in prog idioms. As a result, I think I definitely tend to give short shrift to lyrics in the music I listen to, focusing mostly on the instrumental side of things. (The obvious exception is hip-hop, where generally I have to be interested in the lyrics in order to be interested in the music.)

With that in mind, I’m going to start trying to pay more attention to lyrics, and to help myself with this little project I think I might occasionally post and comment on some lyrics that mean something to me, or that at least pique my interest for some reason. To start -

feeling so strong
i feel so inspired
like a man with all the words
i could move the world
if i weren’t so tired
Fates Warning, “So”

I feel like this verse pretty much describes my entire college experience. There’s so much stuff that I’ve encountered here in the past four years that have caught my interest and inspired me to action, and yet in the end I feel like I haven’t actually accomplished anything. I’ve spread myself too thin, particularly intellectually, and in the end I can’t focus on any one thing enough to actually achieve something meaningful. Perfect example right now is my senior essay, a paper which is should be something I’m extremely excited about and interested in - and yet I’m just too tired, too busy with other things, too unfocused to really pour all I’ve got into it and make it something I’m proud of in the end.

Score

Wednesday, August 16th, 2000

Stroke of luck of the month: I just picked up Fates Warning’s new album Disconnected at Borders for $7.99. Borders has been having a $7.99 sale on selected Sony discs. Fates Warning has nothing to do with Sony (they’re on Metal Blade), but apparently someone mislabeled the disc and accidently put the “Sale $7.99″ sticker on it, so they had to sell it to me for that price rather than the regular $17.99 (!) list price. Happy happy.

Incidentally, I strongly recommend stopping by your local Borders to see what’s left of the Sony sale - here in Winston and also in Phoenix where I was a couple weeks ago, they had some damn good stuff: Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Inner Mounting Flame, Weather Report’s Heavy Weather, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, lots of Miles Davis (Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, Miles in the Sky, Miles Smiles), and some good pop/rock.