I realized a long time ago that music doesn't affect everyone the same way it affects me. That not everyone needs music, I mean really needs music in their life.
I am fortunate, now, to be surrounded by people who are like me. People for whom, whether making or listening to, music is an essential, it's as important as the air they breathe.
This is a song about hearing The Clash for the first time. How it changed his life. They did that to me too. There has been a lot of music that has changed my life over the years. The Clash showed me that passion was the most important thing in music.
Music is the constant with me. I am always surrounded by it. And being able to make music, it's why I live.
That is what this song is about in the end, sure it's about The Clash, but it's about what music does to you. It's truth in a few chords and a lyric.
And I carried these songs like a comfort wherever I'd go
And they was there when my summers was high
And there when she left me alone.
Saying, "the soul is hard to find"
And I never got to tell him so I just wrote it down
I wrapped a couple chords around it and I let it come out
When the walls of my bedroom trembled around me
This ramshackle voice over attack of a blues beat
And a girl, on the excitement gang
And this was the sound of the very last gang in town
As heard by my wild young heart like directions on a cold dark night
Sayin', "Let it out, let it out, let it out
You're doin' all right." - Brian Fallon
There are few people who capture that truth in song.
This was originally posted on Dreamwidth, after which it wandered out to various other sites. Feel free to reply where ever you want. I should still see it.