||"Get a Yes"
||I love this whole genre of halting, hesitant, plaintively unconvincing songs of affirmation, even if I can't immediately think what else is in it besides this and "Say Yes to Everything".|
||This is what it sounds like without the self-awareness, glossy and over-earnest and what does victory count for if it can be bought this easily, and I love it this way too.|
||Timor et Tremor
||"The Soaring Grudge"
||For Cold Shades
||After all, darkness awaits, inexorable and imminent.|
||What could be grander and sadder at once? What else could make it so profound when the quietness drops its guard just a millimeter and the beat starts.|
||This is one of the many moments in which it seems to me like all love songs are rueful, cognizant that really capturing love requires that you introduce hairline cracks into its soul.|
||And maybe that's why these brittle, mechanized ones seem so fluent to me, because they cast this inherence into the same context as geometry and circuitry and the rhythms we admit we don't exactly control.|
||"Ready or Not"
||Love & Desire
||I Love You with drum machines is like kissing in straight hallways.|
||The great misconception about Hell is that you have to drive there. It's all hallways.|
||The Storm Within
||But some are more magnificent than others.|
||"The Sacred Vow"
||And they're all less boring if you sprint through them in clanging armor.|
||"Our New World (feat. Lzzy Hale)"
||Just as long as you don't really think this gets you out.|
||There's no "out". We live and fight right here.|
||Upon A Burning Body
||"'Til the Break of Dawn"
||Whatever we bleed or burn, these walls will record in glyphs.|
||"Brotherhood of the Snake"
||You wanted more? What would "more" be?|
||Who would care more about our fates than whoever walks down this hall next?|
||Only strangers can properly see themselves in the photographs of however we ended up, however we were frozen.|
||"Gone for the Weekend"
||The forms and receipts and serial numbers we left behind or forgot.|
||"Change Your Life (You Can Do It)"
||These are as much our stories as the stories we tell intentionally.|
||Ur Silhouette 6
||All of which are complicated evasions of the truth that we were manifest in these walls even when they were blank.|
||Blankess and right angles are the movements of our ultimate operas.|
||Can you walk in a straight line and still feel like it matters as much as life itself?|
||Miracle Of Sound
||"The Natural Heart"
||Can you walk between blank walls and feel the eyes of everybody watching you?|
||How you take these steps is how the hallway decides where to emit you,|
||and what escape velocity will be levied.|
||"Kids On Fire"
||Listen to how it echoes in this bit.|
||Put your ear here, I think there is a heart in this building.|
||I think there are other hallways alongside ours, all leading to some great chamber ahead.|
||"No Se Que Tienes"
||Con los Pies en el Cielo
||Did you feel the air change just then? Doesn't it seem like we've started moving just barely uphill? Where do you think we are?|
||"Off the Beaten Path"
||It's terrifying, of course, but maybe less so than not going further.|
||We Deserve This
||Maybe there will be buttresses and mezzanines and marble and dark light.|
||Multipolar Disorder of Substance 3
||Maybe there will be wolves, and rotating knives.|
||"La Nueva Ciudad"
||La Nueva Ciudad +1
||But maybe, high in the eaves, also flittering half-seen angels.|
||In Her Own Words
||And our dreams of why they might fly down to meet us.|
||And the forms we would have to sign to acknowledge the risks.|
||"Slow It Goes"
||Slow It Goes +2
||You think you want to meet angels, but have you ever felt sudden indefensible, inexplicable love rip you apart?|
||"Take my hand"
||How much have you understood about the currents of your own breath before and after it's inside of you?|
||How do you spend the days after your greatest days?|
||Tygers Of Pan Tang
||"Only the Brave"
||The road to the dragon's cave is foolishness and bravado. Bravery is what takes you down the road away.|
||Bravery is the scaffolding for dignity.|
||How you climb it is how you live.|
||"Stone Cold Yesterday"
||Stone Cold Yesterday: Best Of The Connells
||This is how you will be remembered.|
||"Fire Red Glass Heart"
||You should know whether you want your elegy to be poignant or complex.|
||I don't mean that you have much control over how it turns out, I mean that how you want it to turn out is all that matters for you.|
||In Strict Confidence
||"Everything Must Change - Extended Version"
||Everything Must Change
||The rest is up to the robots that are assigned to remember us.|
||The rest is coiled in wires.|
||Kiba Of Akiba
||"Far Beyond the Stars"
||Bakamodan EP 6
||And fired into what we presume are distant suns,|
||in pirate arks,|
||where generations will die yearning,|
||no less nobly than the rest of them,|
||The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch
||but also no more.|
||"Finska är inget språk, det är ett symptom"
||Vi kommer i krig
||So I guess I understand why that makes some people shouty.|
||Ultimately, I prefer forgiveness.|
||Devin Townsend Project
||Everybody has their own 18 weird tricks for achieving transcendence, or whatever they call it instead.|
||And sure, maybe sometimes that means I'm reading recipes for food I'll never eat.|
||But isn't that the first secret to good nutrition?|
||Kobra And The Lotus
||Consume only what transforms you,|
||or inures you to prevailing poisons.|
||But intensity of flavor can be allowed to temporarily suspend diligence.|
||"Don't Miss You Much"
||If they offer to drizzle a swirl of something on top, they're asking permission to delight you.|
||Satanic Assault Division
||Remember that there are all kinds of delight.|
||Try to collect them all.|
||"Ba Li Mesiba"
||Bonus points for the ones that are probably mislabeled.|
||"Rue the Day"
||The Idea of Love 2
||And the ones that buzz and moan and pretend they are not just another kind of astonishing joy.|