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A Song For Today

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An Album For Today

I posted a couple of songs from this album ten days ago. I’ve been listening to the entire album ever since. Hozier’s Wasteland, Baby! is one of those albums that doesn’t have a song that misses. Each one has a wonderful quality to it. There’s something that is spiritual and joyful and just so incredible about this album from beginning to end. And I have no idea if that was his intent, I just absolutely love listening to this guy’s music. (Turns out, I may be partially right.)

I  believe that if you go here:

you’ll hear the first song, Nina Cried Power, and then Youtube will take you automatically to the next song, and so on, until you get the entire album. Or go to Spotify and listen there. Just listen.

Song(s) For Today

I’m really digging me some Hozier these days. Seriously, really, really liking Hozier. What I’m listening to for the next couple of hours while I work on my script.

 

 

 

A Song For Today

In downtown Sacramento, there exists a central plaza — Cesar Chavez Park — right across the street from City Hall. During much of the days and weeks and months of each year, it is a place for the homeless. Except in the summer months when it turns into a Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays and a concert venue on Friday evenings. Most of the Friday evening performances are local performers.

A couple of years ago though we went to a Friday evening concert that was put on by a local radio station. It was a fundraiser for a cause I no longer remember. It featured more well-known acts of various degrees of national reknown. The main reason I wanted to go was Mat Kearney. While he was good, he played his upbeat pop songs instead of his downer, moody songs. I’m all about the latter, not so much the former.

There were a few other acts that performed. One of them was Andrew McMahon. During his set, he sang Cecilia and the Satellite.

Every since then, I’ve loved this song. It intrigues me and I don’t know why. So, for today, here’s a song for those moments when you’re intrigued and you don’t know why.

 

A Song For Today, Next Week, Next Month, and Next Year

I went to a concert last night. The opening act was Forest Blakk. He was a really good singer-songwriter type who I hope to hear more from in the future. The headline act was NeedtoBreathe. They put on a non-stop 2+ hour set that included an hour or so of guitar-driven rock, followed by an acoustic set, and then a rocking song or two to close things out.

In between the two was the band I came to see. Johnnyswim. Although they didn’t play my favorite song of theirs, they still knocked my socks off. Their final song was today’s song. They introduced it by explaining they wrote it with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors somewhat accidentally. It is their response to the ugly political discourse in this country. Now you know why it is such an important song to me. So, Stand Up or Ring the Bells. You decide.  (Lyrics are below the video.)

 

[Verse 1: Abner Ramirez & Drew Holcomb]
Ring the bells, this time I mean it
Bid the hatred “fare thee well”
Give back the pieces of my Jesus
Take your counterfeit to hell
Bang the drums, this means war
Not the kind you’re waiting for
We say mercy won’t be rationed here
That’s what we’re fighting for

[Pre-Chorus 1: Amanda Ramirez]
If all is fair in love and war
Then what the hell is loving even for?
If we can’t sing it loud enough
We’ll keep on adding voices up

[Chorus: Drew Holcomb & JOHNNYSWIM]
Ring the bells
Ring the bells
Ring the bells
Ring the bells

[Verse 2: Drew Holcomb & Abner Ramirez]
Move your feet you tiny people
You’ve been hiding for so long
Behind your statues and your steeples
Does that hit too close to home?
I got faith to move a mountain
And to watch that mountain move
It’s time for words to fall like thunder
Sound of justice breaking through

[Pre-Chorus 2: Amanda Ramirez]
If all is fair in love and war
Then what the hell is loving even for?
The world laughs and the martyrs sing
But love breaks through the cavalry

[Chorus: Drew Holcomb & JOHNNYSWIM]
Ring the bells
Ring the bells
Ring the bells
Ring the bells

[Verse 3: Abner Ramirez & Drew Holcomb]
You called me boy instead of son
And I ain’t the only one
Was in the throneroom of a kingdom
Where I found that I belong
I ain’t scared to face a fortress
I have seen them fall before
With broken bones you’ve built it
But it crumbles board by board

[Pre-Chorus 1: Amanda Ramirez]
If all is fair in love and war
Then what the hell is loving even for?
If we can’t sing it loud enough
We’ll keep on adding voices up
[Chorus: Drew Holcomb & JOHNNYSWIM]
Ring the bells
Ring the bells
Ring the bells
Ring the bells
Ring the bells
Ring the bells
Ring the bells
Ring the bells

[Outro: Abner Ramirez]
Ring the bells, this time I mean it
Bid the hatred “fare thee well”
Give back the pieces of my Jesus
Take your counterfeit to hell

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