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Friday, October 2, 2009

Review of "A Song For S" on Decker's album "Long Days"

"Long Days" track #10. "A Song For S"

The tenth track on Decker’s “Long Days,” is a swingy ballad. It is one side of a dialogue with Decker’s kindred spirit, the eponymous “S,” with whom he collaborated on a number of musical recordings.

Over the course of the album, Decker has risen from dark self-destruction into clear-headed awareness that all is not lost. Through “A Song for S,” Decker attempts to impart this hope to another kindred spirit with whom he shares a similar background into substance abuse.

Decker and “S” share stories of their sorted past, knowing that through it all, they have become friends because of that similar history. However, Decker has come through it relatively unscathed, while “S” is still under threat from herself and her actions.

The song is in a clearly major key and includes a vocal track harmonizing with Decker’s main vocals, almost serving like a guardian angel or conscience guiding Decker on his path out of darkness.

“It’s about me watching her hate herself and my different perspective on that,” Decker said. He encourages “S” to endure. “It’s just a moment, its not permanent / in time I think you'll find you'll be just fine / when you realize its only fear you fight / some days we die and some days we give life / and out of darkness always shines some light.”

For a feeling of specificity, the song makes a direct reference the Blind Pilot indie rock ballad “One Red Thread,” which Decker and “S” have both covered.

The song captures a many universal themes, most notably the addict’s “dark night of the soul” just before making steps toward recovery and that things seem darkest before the dawn. Decker ends the song with a clear message of hope, the most overt message on the album.

Lyrics for "A Song For S"

well, I’ve been thinking about what you said.
seems to me its all in your head.
but when it all seems so meaningless,
I hope you know that I am your friend

I’m just trying not to wake the dead.
and we've been talking about the hell we've lived.
when it seems that you just spin and spin,
I hope you know that I am your friend.

in time I think you'll find you'll be just fine.
when you realize its only fear you fight.
some days we die and some days we give life.
and out of darkness always shines some light.

well, I’ve been singing about one red thread.
and all the people and the towns I’ve left
remember when you're crawling in your skin -
it’s just a moment, it’s not permanent

in time I think you'll find you'll be just fine.
when you realize its only fear you fight.
some days we die and some days we give life.
and out of darkness always shines some light.

remember in the those dark nights of the soul
remember when you're hoping just for hope
remember in the dark before the dawn
remember that you're everything you are


The CD release party for Decker's debut album "Long Days" is Friday, Oct. 2 at Ken's Creekside, 251 Hwy. 179, Sedona.
For more information, e-mail to bdeckermusic@gmail.com

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