I just felt like throwing in a random music post, really. A celebration of where some of my own storytelling may have come from. Simple fact: music has been a huge influencer in my life.
So, as a teenager, my musical interests went through some fairly major shifts. But first, let’s go back even further (Yes! Let’s!) …
I remember my mother always having a radio on at home. Whether that really is true or not is of little consequence … it’s what I remember. Always music. The Beach Boys “Cocomo” sticks with me, for some reason … We also had an extensive collection of records, and a little HMV player for the smaller 45s (although, you could play a 33 on on it … just). I was always playing that thing – listening to “Bend Me, Shape Me“, various Monkees songs, some Beatles, Disney Classics, The Turtles (“Surfer Dan”!, “Elenore” – which my mum used to sing as “Alan-oh …”; guess my dad’s name) … “We Are Happy People” (I’m guessing it was The Foundations that did it … can’t find it anywhere except in my head … oh). Those were the days.
And mum had a Cliff Richard concert on VHS that a friend had recorded for her … and a Baron Knights show that we recorded after that. Both were well-watched.
Oh, and just as a bit of a side, my dad was in a rock ‘n roll band. I spent many-a-night dropping off to sleep to the sound of lead guitar, and sometimes the whole band. He was/is good … His interests lean more toward Blue Grass now, but he can play like Hank from the Shadows.
I am also the youngest of three, so my older siblings’ music taste played a role in my own, too.
My sister loved A-Ha and New Kids on the Block. I loved New Kids on the Block and quite liked A-Ha.
My brother listened to Guns ‘n Roses … I didn’t like Guns ‘n Roses …
But then my teen years hit and I began to explore my own musical tastes. Sure, my brother still had quite a bit of influence for a while. While I was still listening to NKOTB, my brother did a stint at a local radio station and introduced me to Scatterbrain, Savatage, and Infectious Grooves (all bands I still listen to). I would have been about 12 at the time.
And then there was Extreme for a while. I still listen to them, too.
The first band I really discovered for myself was Candlebox. And they were my favourite band for the majority of my teenage years (until I “discovered” Our Lady Peace … but I’ve talked about them before).
I was at a friend’s slumber party and found myself as the only one awake the following morning, and so I watched a little TV. Candlebox’s “You” was played on the music show that morning. I liked it, so I repeated “Candlebox, You, Candlebox, You …” over and over to lock it in my mind. It was 6 months later that I heard their “Far Behind”. I don’t know what I had been expecting, but it wasn’t that, and it took me a month or so to warm up to that song … and then I was away. Bought the album, and the next …
It’s the next one I want to talk about. “Lucy” … not what I named my dog after, but I should have! Oh, I’m so gonna say I did, now …
The album “Lucy” was awesome. I don’t remember all the ins and outs I read about it at the time (and I’m sure I could go research, but, meh), but I recall something about the drums being miked up specially (they had a jazz-trained drummer in a rock band, and you could tell) … must have been a drumming article. Anyway, the album is full of very cool songs.
And this post has grown, when what I really wanted to show you were these two songs from “Lucy”.
First, here’s “Butterfly”. I recall reading that Candlebox’s singer, Kevin, used to catch butterflies in a jar when he was a kid. When he grew up and learned that butterflies only lived a couple of weeks or so, he felt guilty for having done that … And so, this song came about …
And then he wrote the same thing … but from the butterfly’s point-of-view–“Butterfly (Reprise)” …
Something I always loved about this particular song, is the way they get the guitar to sound like slowed down butterfly wings … It certainly brought strong imagery to my mind when I listened.
If these songs spark an interest, I strongly urge you to seek out this album–“Lucy” by Candlebox.
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