Violins and piano set the stage. They’re aching, stretching out their strings and hammers. They intertwine, eventually dying off, leaving the air for the drums - rhythmic and rolling. Violins and acoustics break out in celebration, making a merry-go-round of music. Chu’s voice cleanses the instruments. Smooth. Golden. His lyrics are wispy and ironic- he’s complaining, yearning for love, yet the sound - celebratory and joyful. Stop. An a cappella break begins. Low hums are the backbone, simple full harmonies are the flesh. Overlapping, overlapping. Suddenly they break into dance again. It’s beautiful. What more? The song reaches its climax- violins again, ride cymbals and snare accompany the musical train. Belting out one last orgasmic harmony, the choir and orchestra end their masterpiece with mystic chimes and withering guitar. Silence drowns everything.
"Excuses" (Yours Truly Session) by The Morning Benders
Found a postcard on my shelf for Windsor Castle, in Berkshire. Couldn’t help but think of that trip I took to London with my best friend and our families. It was their first time out of the U.S., and my first time to England.
The city was great and all, but my favorite memory of my trip was Windsor castle and the surrounding town. It was like combining The Shire from Lord of the Rings with Wimbledon in June. So green, inviting and lively.