This isn’t a typical song. It’s not like the other songs that I have blogged about, this song is so different and so good its…amazing. First of all, this song is a ‘spoken words’ song. Dan Smith’s voice is imperfect and sounds like he’s kinda insane but I think that’s what makes this song so perfect and hauntingly good.
Listener is an experimental spoken word band that started in 2002 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Listener is composed of Dan Smith as both vocalist and lyricist and Christin Nelson as composer. They have five full length albums out so far. This song is off of their fourth album, Wooden Heart.
Seatbelt Hands is probably my favourite song by Listener. It’s a song about a woman who gets pushed around and beat up all of her life. How she’s fighting with her demons while wishing on something so far away but keeping her faith.
My favourite part is:
she stands there unlit cigarette in hand
filling up that empty hole with anything that’ll pour
insides hanging out like a flare, gun, warning.
there’s beauty in that pain, can you see it?
she’s crashing through life with seat belt hands
one accident away from a miracle
and there’s an honesty there, but I can’t take it all in
You can listen to Seatbelt Hands by Listener Here.
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Lyrics are Here.
Ellen Hopkins is just a great author. She is probably the only author who writes poem-formed books that I actually head over heels love. Identical was the first book I read by her and it was because someone was reading it on the Subway and the shiny cover caught my eye (also because the person was gasping and holding on to the book intently as if it might disappear if she didn’t.)
So far, I’ve read three of her books-Identical, Impulse, and Perfect. And I’m currently reading Crank, her first book.
Okay so if you’re reading this then you know that Ellen Hopkins is amazing or you’re curious. I have a link to read an excerpt from her newest book, Tilt. Just from reading the summary I know it will be amazing.
(Summary taken from Goodreads)
Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt…. Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year—and decides to keep the baby? Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive. Shane has lived for four years with his little sister’s impending death. Can he accept Alex’s love, knowing that his life, too, will be shortened? Harley is fourteen—a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy. She never expects to hurdle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.
For the excerpt for Tilt click Here.