Echoes

Looking back,

I find so many moments,

buried in the past,

that I miss so bad

 

With all that we were and all that was

And I just want away

back to when the future was still a faint glimmer on the horizon,

still so far away

But just maybe,

as long as we keep moving, keep living,

keep creating these memories

of all the moments we’re someday going to miss

 

I guess the future

could be quite alright,

after all

Comfort in Nothingness

For most of us the thought of nothingness after we die scares the crap out of us. But after visiting Chernobyl, Derek from Veritasium has a rather motivational and maybe even comforting view on the matter.

“So this video is a little different from most of the others. The channel is an element of truth, after all, not an element of science. This is my truth. It may not be everyone’s but that’s ok too.”

– Derek, about “Our Greatest Delusion”

Lost

Do you wanna know what he was thinking while you choked the life outta him, Benjamin?
What the last thought that ran through his head was? ‘I don’t understand.’ Isn’t that
just the saddest thing you ever heard?

— The Man in Black, ‘LA X’

All is Well

Radical Face is wonderful stories mixed with incredible music, combined to be hauntingly beautiful.

In his songs Ben Cooper paints breathtaking imagery, full of long forgotten people and haunting places. Stories of ghosts of those that could never let go and the wanderers that could never stay. Before I stumbled upon his wonderful music I had never heard anything like it.
So melancholic, full of sorrow and desparate longing, yet so hopeful. It helped me through some bad times. It gives you the feeling that everything’s okay somehow. Whatever happens, it’s all part of story.

I’m sure there would be something missing in my life, hadn’t I stumbled upon it. On top of that Ben is also is a really awesome down-to-earth guy, something I always cherish about the artists I like.
Here’s a piece of the lyrics from “Touch The Sky” by Radical Face. This song just makes you tear up over childhood memories:

And I believed the stars were wishes
I believed the world was good
I believed things hid in the dark
And that all would turn out just how it should
I believed in all your stories
I believed you’d never lie
I believed if I could climb the trees behind the house,
I’d touch the sky

Alone

Last night I dreamt
We were on a quest to find out who we really are
I was on a train bound for the final stop

That day I had lost sight of all my friends
One by one they had wandered off

Or had I?

Where and when I had last seen them
I couldn’t even recall
Only that there had been so many I once knew

And as I found myself
Standing on the platform
At that last stop
Surrounded by only trees and wild grass

And not a single soul or sound

I then knew what I really was

It’s Not Enough

Dustin Kensrue. One of my favorite musicians ever, also the singer of one of my favorite bands ever: “Thrice”.
Bursting with passion and raw emotion, full of heart and inspiration, this band is absolutely amazing. Probably the first band I ever listened to, that left me in awe of how meaningful and passionate music can be.
This song especially speaks to so much. Since I was very young, I’ve always been kinda desparate to find something more to this. As though this day-to-day life, it just can’t be all there is. Always with the thought in the back my mind, that everything I do, and everything I am… it’s just not enough.

I’m well aware that most of the songs (like this one and basically all of his solo stuff) very much revolve around his faith, but even though I don’t believe in any religion, I’m still finding meaning for myself in most of them. I guess that’s another beautiful thing about this kind of music. You can always take your own meaning from it.

This little quote is from another song called “Circles”:

True progress means
matching the world to the vision in our heads
We always change the vision instead