Tag Archives: Evanescence

The 10th Daily Bread

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You’re a canary, I’m a coal mine cos sorrow is just all the rage, turn a blank page, scribble in rage, age is years, sorrow is tears, time can never be borrowed, pain never narrowed, it grows, it goes, it comes back, defence we lack, the fence gets higher, guarded, once again victims we fall, young again we crawl, grounded, we learn, eternal happiness we yearn, mere mortals we are, mere mortals we are, human days can only take us so far.

Loss, in bed we toss, friends, lovers, family, they live, they believe, well, believer or not, one thing we never have to debate is our flesh, its fate. A ticking time bomb, one of these days the heart is bound to play its final beat, lifeless, it will stop, the eyes will close as pain devours anyone who cares enough to listen.

My immortal, your immortal, haunted by what once was, what would’ve been, what can never be. Facing a loss, a loss you can never compensate, a hole, a void tears can temporarily fill, only to be evanesced. The person is no more, alive or not, they are no longer with you (at least physically) though their presence is everliving in your conscience, your thoughts, your mind. It possesses you, it consumes you.

I’ve chosen to convey a less explored facet of this song through the eyes of a young widow. Recently widowed, she is still trying to get a hang of things, from sleeping next to her late husbands side of the bed, to no longer having the kind of conversations she’d have with him, and of course,to having to raise the kids alone.” You used to captivate me by your resonating light, Now I’m bound by the life you left behind”. Bound to playing “Dad” to their now fatherless kids, bound to the life she created with him, bound to constantly being reminded of him where ever she lays her eyes. In her conscience, a permanent resident he resides, a painful reminder of what could’ve been. He is her immortal.

 

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The 8th Daily Bread

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Push me up against the wall, young Umlazi girl in a push up bra, all she wanted was to ride my car, approached her just to numb my scar, what we have wont take us far, scarlet starlet and she’s in my bed, kinda girl I would never wed, ego fed, vertigo worn, chest is torn, talking pen, faded ink, soft-spoken with a broken jaw, hard broken my feelings stay raw.

When you think of music royalty, Of course The Kings Of Leon come to mind, I’m kidding, Beyonce and Jay Z are most likely to come to mind. More so because Beyonce is often considered “Queen”… sometimes “King”, I’m not sure why, but I’m guessing you have to be a fan to understand. Something that doesn’t take a genius to figure out is that Beyonce is the Beyonce of that relationship. Looking at our local scene, I’m not sure if we have a music “power couple”, but feel free to tell me if you can think of one.

A special time in rock music, mostly because African talent was involved is when we got to have our own Beyonce and Jay Z of rock music. Well, firstly, as South Africans, we all know that Ladysmith Black Mambazo have toured the world, and I remember how excited I got last year when I heard our local band KONGOs were gonna tour with The Kings Of Leon. Upon touring with Evanescence, Seether developed a good music relationship with the American band, more so the frontman Shaun, and Evanescent frontlady Amy Lee as they pursued their dating endeavours.

Though their relationship didn’t last, their music chemistry was evident when both leaders committed vocals on Seether’s “Broken”. Recorded this month eleven years ago (already), The ballad carries a somber tone with haunting violin traces. “The worst is over now”, This number reminds us that once broken, things can only get better, when you’re down, up is the only direction going forward, the minute you start hurting is the minute you start healing.