Tonight’s Primo Tune

23 01 2015

As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes one song really stands out from the shuffle playlist on my iPod when I’m running or at the gym.

Tonight it was Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars.

The particular “poetry”?

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars Lyrics | MetroLyrics.

Video of them playing it live at the Royal Opera House (they are awesome live, BTW!)





What goes around, comes around

1 05 2012

So the other day, a very dear (well, at least “reasonably expensive”) friend sent me a link to an incredibly gifted young lady going by the name of Kawehi.

It was the first time I’d seen this technique of creating a loop and building up layers of sound as a backing track to the subsequent vocal. Plainly it’s a well established technique… I’m just old and slow to the party.

Anyway, last night – as regular readers will recall – I went to see Snow Patrol at the Orpheum in Vancouver. Excellent show. The opening act was a young chap by the name of Ed Sheeren. Now he is a very talented young lad indeed. And not only because he is from Halifax (the one in Yorkshire, not the one in Nova Scotia).

And guess what! He also used a similar device to set up loops of backing music, all live, on stage. All he used was his voice and an acoustic guitar (on which he broke strings on two occasions in his 30 minute set, he played with such passion!) With the looping tracks building up, he filled the Orpheum with a wall of sound- beats, rythm and melodies. Amazing to experience.

Wikipedia: Ed Sheeren

Not much to say about the Snow Patrol show really, except “you had to be there”! I only had my humble BlackBerry to take some low light snaps, so I’m afraid they are all I can share. There was some older Snow Patrol songs I wasn’t familiar with, but my well documented favourites of “Lifening”, “This isn’t everything you are” and “In the end, there’s nothing more to life than love is there?” from the current album Fallen Empires were definitely among the most well rendered of the evening.





This Isn’t Everything You Are

29 04 2012

Still coming off the high of watching Coldplay the other week, and suddenly remembered I’m off to see Snow Patrol tomorrow evening at the Orpheum.

The power of the Internet has revealed the likely setlist, and I’m pleased to learn that my favourite song off the Fallen Empires album (In the End) is a strong candidate for the show, if Chicago was anything to go by. Second favourite (Lifening) is in there too as a likely encore. Beautiful lyrics.

But today, I’d like to share some thoughts of another strong candidate for inclusion – This Isn’t Everything you Are.

How often it is that we take one aspect of ourselves and temporariliy fixate on it, forgetting all the other facets and modes of being that make us such interesting animals?

A relationship. With a lover, with an ill relative. And if that relationship fails, or the relative dies, we need to remember that we were not defined purely by that relationship.

Easy to say… unless it’s just happened.

And if you’re thinking you might like to see them live, there are a few venues still not sold out, according to their web site.

Snow Patrol – This Isn’t Everything You Are

You can’t find the phone, so you can call it off
But it might be for the best
You can’t walk away, anyway
Cause you’ve nowhere else to go
Is he worth all this, is it a simple yes?
Cause if you have to think, it’s fucked
Feels like you loved him more, than he loved you
And you wish you’d never met

Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over
Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over

You’ve been up all night, and the night before
You’ve lost count of drinks and time
And your friends keep calling, worried sick
There’s strangers everywhere

Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over
Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over

And in one little moment
It all implodes
This isn’t everything you are
Breathe deeply in the silence
No sudden moves
This isn’t everything you are
Just take the hand that’s offered
And hold on tight
This isn’t everything you are

There’s joy not far from here, right
I know there is
This isn’t everything you are

When you took the call
How could you know
That he’d slipped away last night
And you wish you went home, days ago
To say goodbye or just hello

Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over
Don’t keel over now
Don’t keel over

And in one little moment
It all implodes
This isn’t everything you are
Breathe deeply in the silence
No sudden moves
This isn’t everything you are
Just take the hand that’s offered
And hold on tight
This isn’t everything you are

There’s joy not far from here, right
I know there is
This isn’t everything you are

This isn’t everything you are.





In the end, there’s nothing more to life than love is there?

8 01 2012

So I had a scouty meeting this afternoon in Lonsdale Quay, on the North Shore in Vancouver. Never been there before. Quite photogenic – the place, the views, the people. Like a baby Granville Island. I have just acquired a new zoom lens for my camera and was eager to try it out. There were one or two particularly photogenic people in the market, but my English-born shyness (and fear for my subsequent personal safety) prevented me from capturing their pixels for posterity. But more of this later…

I live an hour or so out of Vancouver and set off in plenty of time for the meeting. A mile or so out from home, I thought it’d be nice to listen to some new music I’ve just come by from a friend, currently on my MP3 player. Not wanting to drive inattentively, I pulled over and started to look for the cable we keep in the glove compartment (referred to by the kids since toddlerhood as “glove department”). After a cursory search, I decided it would be more prudent to call the wife. Either the wire WAS there and was now mysteriously invisible to the male of the species, or it wasn’t there, and she’d have some reasonable explanation.

I once read a tongue in cheek definition of a wife as being someone who could look in a drawer and find the socks that weren’t there when you looked. I was hoping for the same thing to work on cables and glove boxes. Unfortunately though, it seems the cable had been removed from the car the previous evening to facilitate the viewing of some streamed drama on her iPad and my daughter’s speakers, and had yet to be returned. I was offered the alternative of whatever CDs were currently in the car, and carried on with my journey, not having enough time to double back and begin the search all over again in the TARDIS-like confines of my daughter’s bedroom. I might be stuck there for days!

So, onwards I drove, putting my fate in the hands of the CD player. I didn’t recognise the music, but the band’s sound was familiar, and I quickly realised it was Fallen Empires by Snow Patrol. My wife’s a big fan, and I’d tried to source her a copy from HMV for her birthday back in November. Sadly, it turned out it wasn’t to be released in Canada until mid January (Actually – next week, I believe). No matter – I ordered it from Amazon (UK) and it turned up only a couple of days late for her Geburtstag. What is the point, I ask?! Do these large corporations not realise that this is the 21st Century? It’s a bit like region-locked DVDs… totally pointless in this day and age.

So anyway, I’m now in “absorb the vibe” mode, as being more of a lyrics-oriented person I’m not so good with brand new songs, as, well… I don’t know the words! Track 9 came to a gradual end, and Track 10 started. I’ve since learned this is titled “In the End“. I loved it! The lyrics were clear and thought-provoking, and it will be much listened to in the coming weeks. I thought I’d share (from YouTube).

Snow Patrol – In The End

It’s the price I guess
For the lies I’ve told
That the truth it no longer thrills me

And why can’t we laugh?
When it’s all we have
Have we put these childish things away?
Have we lost the magic that we once had?

In the end
There’s nothing more to life than love is there?
In the end
It’s time for us to lose our weary minds

Will you dance with me?
Like we used to dance
And remember how to move together

You are the torch
And it all makes sense
I’ve waited here for you forever
I’ve waited here for you forever

We’re lost ’til we learn how to ask
So please won’t you please just ask

So anyway, I eventually got to Lonsdale Quay, had my meeting, and then went Bunburying with my new lens. A grand time was had by all! Here’s a few test shots I made as I got the hang of it. I had a lovely couple of hours. I hope you enjoy my mementos…

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