Monday, October 04, 2010

Musical Monday: Review of Excellent Trouble

Last July Rich told me that I should check out musician Brad Yoder. I stopped by his website and browsed around the music tab a bit. And wow. I was just blown away by his lyrical sensibilities. When I found out that he had a new album coming out, I happily plunked down a few bucks to pre-order it.

Excellent Trouble came in the mail a couple of weeks ago and dang. It has been in my car stereo pretty much non-stop since I got it (which is a good thing, since that's where most of my music listening happens).

I would highly recommend taking time to read through the lyrics. One of the things that most impresses me with Brad is his way with words. He has a very thoughtful way about his writing and I find that his lyrics convey emotions in a really powerful manner.

And this record is quite the emotional ride. The first song deals with doubt, then it moves into a song about the death of main street America, to a song about a troubled relationship, and then a song about the pain that many LGBT folks suffer in the Church and society at large. He also has songs on the album that deal with mental illness and suicide. So this is not a light, easy listen by any stretch.

That said, the title track just leaves me so happy. There is so much in our life that is difficult. So many things that can hurt us or exhaust us or leave us feeling alone. But these things can also teach us so much and can draw us closer to one another in a way that leaves us feeling even more alive. And the title track just brings that out so beautifully.

Musically, this album is really fantastic as well. The melodies are really interesting and the harmonies are just spectacular. I love the way the music reflects the mood of the song. Musically my favorite is probably "Horses" which is the song about a person being committed to a mental hospital. The end of the song has a really fantastic build -- starting very simply and adding more and more instruments into a fantastic cacophony of sound. Really artfully done.

For today's Musical Monday, I'm going to post the lyrics to the title track. I absolutely love this lyric. I love the people in my life who help me to see the beauty of whatever I'm going through and this reminds me of them. Also, if you go here, you can listen to a live version of the song.

You can purchase the album here, or you can order it on iTunes or at CDbaby.com. I highly recommend checking it out -- you won't be disappointed!

Also, don't forget to check out the interview with Brad. Tons of great stuff there, plus a chance to win an autographed copy of his last CD!

hey you, let’s find some excellent trouble,
I think it’s high time we rose from this rubble,
we 2 should become partners in crime,
turn on a dime, leave them all guessing tonight
let’s earn a bad reputation,
and fight to shake up this sad situation,
we might inspire the next generation
to keep asking why, to never say “die,”
excellent trouble, there for the making
we’ll burst a few bubbles, right there for the breaking,
a loose coalition of lovers and skeptics,
poets and vagabonds, beggars and mystics,
excellent trouble, only the finest,
we’ll color fluorescently outside the lines
so when, dour-faced, they ask us why we can’t stop smiling,
it’s just that it’s all so unbearably beautiful..
hey, you, have you been searching for courage,
all through dressers and boxes in storage?
unsure where you left what you are made of,
among letters and yearbooks, and sweaters and such,
what if everything we have discarded
is just ballast we drop as we gradually lift
up out of gravity’s sway?   birds don’t obey,
why hesitate when there’s
excellent trouble, there for the making
we’ll burst a few bubbles, they’re there for the breaking,
a loose coalition of lovers and skeptics,
prophets and heretics, poets and mystics,
excellent trouble, only the finest,
we’ll color fluorescently outside the lines,
so when, dour-faced, they ask us why we can’t stop crying,
it’s just that it’s all so unspeakably beautiful..
my only wish is to honor this gift
to practice my part and the jaywalker’s art,
so when, dour-faced, they ask us why we can’t stop smiling,
it’s just that you’re all so unbearably beautiful..
excellent trouble.. excellent trouble…
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