Song of the Week#5-Hospital by Lydia (The Pretty Cover Edition)

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This is a weekly meme that’s for the most part, the same as Song Of The Day except each week there will be a different ‘edition’ and it’s going to be updated once a week. This week’s edition is: The Pretty Cover Edition. Illuminate has one of the prettiest covers I have ever seen. It tells a lot with only this picture, to me, it shows struggle, strength, and love (for the umbrella). What do you guys think of it?

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Lydia is an indie rock band from Gilbert, Arizona that was formed in 2003. In 2010, the band took a year-long hiatus because of a fight that was between Steve McGraw and Leighton Antelman (the two people who started the band). In the end, before their last tour it was announced that Lydia would be breaking up. Luckily, it was only a hiatus instead. Lydia has released five albums-This December, it’s one more and I’m free, Illuminate, Assailants, Paint it golden, and Devil. Hospital is off of Illuminate.

Hospital is one of my all-time favourite songs and Lydia is one of my favourite bands so of course I have to put them on here! And just look at the beautiful cover! Hospital like the title, is about saving someone you love. It’s has a lot of meaning and sung so sweetly. I just love this song.

My favourite part is:

And all I see scares me
And no one knows it, but she, she saved me

So I’ve been sleeping with this silence in my brain
I wake up here everyday in this god damn place
I won’t wait here anymore

It’s still not quite the way it was
But you promised me this is love
So stay and watch the hospital
That’s just across the street
From your apartment balcony
I’ll never ever leave there
I’ll never leave

Oh, no one is watching now
Sing like you just might drown
But always come back home
‘Cause I never got to see you once more, no
I guess that’s all I wanted
Yeah, I guess that’s all I needed

To listen to Hospital click here.

Lyrics are here.

Album Review: Illuminate by Lydia

220px-IllunnmIlluminate by Lydia

Record Label: Low Altitude Records

Genre: Indie/Pop/rock

Release Date: September 16, 2008

Songs: 11

Illuminate - Lydia

Lydia is an indie rock band from Gilbert, Arizona that was formed in 2003. In 2010, the band took a year-long hiatus because of a fight that was between Steve McGraw and Leighton Antelman (the two people who started the band). In the end, before their last tour it was announced that Lydia would be breaking up. Luckily, it was only a hiatus instead. Lydia has released five albums-This December, it’s one more and I’m free, Illuminate, Assailants, Paint it golden, and Devil.  Current band members are-Leighton Antelman (Vocals),  Justin Camacho (Guitar) Matt Keller (Keyboard), and Craig Taylor (drums, percussions). Past band members are- Dustin Forsgren (Bass Guitar), Maria Sais De Sicilia (vocals, Keyboard. Now in Bears Of Manitou),Loren Brinton ( Drums),Evan Aranbul (Bass Guitar),Ethan Koozer (Guitar. Now in Gates),Jed Dunning ( Bass Guitar),Mindy White ( vocals, Keyboard. Now in States), Steve McGraw (Guitar. Now in The Saturn Hands).

(My Opinion)

A beautiful rainy day near the sea. That’s what this album brings into my mind. It’s sad yet wonderful and of course this is a masterpiece. With smooth, rhythmic tunes sung with perfect execution by lead singer Leighton Altman and back up vocalist Mindy White. Throughout the album, lead guitarist Steve McGraw shows his talent and experience with large amounts of solos that are each completely different from the other. With so much going on, Lydia masters quite stunningly an expedition of talent and strength. This just might be their best album yet.

Singing back up is Mindy White, although her voice is beautiful, it doesn’t sway me the way that it’s intended to. To me, her voice is a little flat especially with her leading the song, Now the One You Once Loved is Leaving. 

Most songs start off with a lone sound; vocals, a guitar solo, or a piano solo. In my opinion, This is Twice Now and Hospital are the best done. Especially when the whole band suddenly jumps in, in both songs. In song many songs, Loren Brinton excels with his drumming. He keeps pace with the feel of the music, the sound of the songs. Also, the bass played in Fate is absolutely beautiful. It fits with the music but doesn’t get lost in it. With all of that being said, it’s axiomatic that the songs on this album are very smooth and moving. Every musical note fits together seamlessly, maybe even better than December, their debut album (which is really good as well). I especially love how different All  I See. It’s very simple and yet complex with the lone guitar accompanying Leighton and haunting lyrics, All I See Scares Me Cause No One Waits Forever.  

When I saw Lydia back in April, they completely blew my mind, they opened with This is Twice Now and ended the night with Hospital (Which I think they did just because I got everyone in the front and middle to yell Hospital over and over again.) It was their first time headlining in Canada and the show completely sold out. It’s hard to pick out my favourite songs from an album that is so moving like this one because they are all special and unique in their own ways. But I certainly love This is Twice Now, Hospital, All I See, and One more Day and recommend this album to everyone and maybe start this album off with those four songs.

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Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. This is Twice Now-3:11

2. A Fine Evening for a Rogue-3:38

3. I Woke Up Near the Sea-3:26

4. Hospital-3:43

5. Fate-3:36

6. Sleep Well-4:25

7. Stay Awake-5:09

8. All I See-5:00

9. One More Day-3:54

10. …Ha Yeah It Got Pretty Bad-1:04

11. Now The One You Once Loved is Leaving-6:38

Favourite Album Lyrics of The Week#4

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My favourite lyrics from the albums that I’ve listened to during the week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite lyrics are!

Able Bodies by From Indian Lakes

tumblr_md53fzohwh1qjcvneo1_500Favourite lyrics:

1. If I can take it away without a choice or a say
If I can never see the sun out my window
If I can call in my sleep if I can no longer sleep
I’ll say this quick to you
I swear that I’ll be, I swear that I’ll be good

If I was taken away before I knew who I was
And I was given a name among your daughters and sons
To be love just to love I think I heard that before
But I love them I do it so to be loved some more
I would’ve loved some more

(Taken from, We Follow)

2. Loving you is never hard to do
But I’m sick in bed calling me dead soon
And if they never bring me back to you
Will you tell me the truth
Will you tell me the truth
I said will you tell me the truth

(Taken from, We Are Sick)

3. Sweet thing your eyes are too tired
Believe me you don’t wanna see the world
The world I start
I could take your picture now
Or I could leave you out and we can stay right here
We could paint a new picture now
Or we can turn it into something else right here

(Taken from, I Don’t Know You)

4. Where is my happy song
And where has my patience gone
Did they take it away
Or did I make it leave on my own

Love never takes but I’ve seen it take everything
There’s no one around when I need them the most
Until your love takes down the way
Please restart my ability to love again

(Taken from, ‘Till I Can Walk)

Illuminate by Lydia

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1. It’s still not quite the way it was
But you promised me this is love
So stay and watch the hospital
That’s just across the street
From your apartment balcony
I’ll never ever leave there
I’ll never leave

Watch the hospital that’s just across the street
(It’s still not quite the way it was)
From your apartment balcony
(But you promised me this is love, so stay)
I’ll never ever leave there
I’ll stay here

(Taken from, Hospital)

2. Baby just ask once more
‘Cause I saw your door wide open,
but the floor is still freezing.
Hailey, I was sick and I’m still quite unwell.
Tell me it’s you or nothing at all.

‘Cause I stole your soul
You said I’d never be able
But oh, the whole world is still on my string

(Taken from, This Is Twice Now)

3. Now I see.
Don’t you say that I’ve gone crazy.
Because I haven’t gone crazy yet.
I just lost my mind,
But I still got you.

Stay up late so you’re sure.
Sure that I wont stray too far,
But surely that got too hard.
Love is not for me,
I promise.
One more day, just one more.

(Taken from, One More Day)

4. No one could ever wait for you
And no one, yeah, no one could ever
Wait for you, I’ll wait for you

But you are the never-ending sleep
That I, I love to treat with this medicine
I get from my, my closer friends
But all I see

(Taken from, All I See)

 

Be The Light by Sweet Talker

SweetTalker-BeTheLightWebsized_mediumFavourite lyrics:

1. And I wish you would be the light at the end of this tunnel and
I’ll be the sweep off your feet that you’ll always remember
I wish you would come home

(Taken from, I Wish)

2. Everything I ever had, all that I would give for you.

I wonder when it’s running out if you’ll still know my name.
You call me crazy, I must be baby, cause I still love you, yeah I still love you.
Everything I ever had I put in and fought for you, for you, for you.

(Taken from, This Is War)