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Marcie’s Lyric Picks Vol. 3: Getting to know you

April 21, 2010

Marcie’s Lyric Picks Vol. 3: Getting to know you

Marcies Lyric Picks
 
Many Trance songs speak of how we are affected by the people in our lives.  I have invited Sameer Mohamed, aka Birdman, to be a guest on "Lyric Picks" today.  We will look at how trance lyrics address the comings and goings of people in our lives.  It is fun to dig deep and discuss the meaning of a song with another listener.  We may never figure out what the writer truly intended, but we will grow to know each other through the conversation.  I can always count on Birdman to make me stop and think, and he is just one example of the amazing people I have met around the world through a shared love of music!  I hope you will enjoy this column, as we welcome you to join our conversation as well.
 
 

 Marcies Lyric Picks Vol. 3

By Marcie of "Behind The Lyric"
 
1) Jes – People will go
"People will go
People will come"
 
Birdman: I think the lyrics above summarize the crux of the matter I am trying to convey today: People come into your life for a reason, and people leave your life for a reason.  Personally I believe each experience or social encounter in life is a learning opportunity, either about you or the other person involved.  It is up to the individual to find the lesson implicated.  The individual needs to introspect, understand and analyze to allow growth from the experience.
 
Marcie: I read a quote recently that goes right along with this, Sameer!  It’s from a book called ‘Practicing The Power of Now, and says
 
    "…if you accept that the relationship is here to make you conscious instead of happy, then the relationship will offer you salvation…."  
 
This quote has altered my perspective about my own relationships.  Relationships are not meant to fill every void I  feel in my soul.  They aren’t meant to ‘complete’ me.   They are meant to make me aware of my journey through life and to allow me to focus on the here and now,  instead of dwelling in the past or worrying about the future. I am grateful to the people in my life who grab my attention and help me accept and fully experience the here and now.
 
2) Arnej feat Josie – Strangers we’ve Become
"We fell so hard, so young
look at the strangers we’ve become"
 
Birdman: Off the cuff, it would seem that the lyric speaks only to the aspect of people leaving your life.  Well it does in a sense, but I think we need to look  prior to the incident of friends becoming strangers.  Looking back to our youth, there would be many an instance where we would deem ourselves as not with the best of manner and behaviour.  Ultimately, the petty childish behaviour and traits from our self or the other party involved led to a breaking tie in a friendship. I think now as adults, we should ponder the variables of our youth to allow ourselves not to fall into the same traps of "friendship" again.
 
I believe that an incident is only a mistake when you do it for the second time around. Use the experiences of the people who are out of your life as an assessment criterion of those you now allow in, and on the same note, adjust traits of yourself from the past that pushed people away – to allow people to let you into their life.
 
Marcie: Everyone deserves a chance. We are all very busy, and it’s impossible to meet and know everyone around us.  I don’t think every relationship is meant to last forever, but every interaction teaches us something we can carry forward.
 
3) Mazzy Star- Into Dust
"It was you breathless and tall
I could feel my eyes turning into dust
And two strangers turning into dust
Turning into dust"
 
Marcie: For me, this is about fleeting moments with others, and how losing someone important can make us feel we have lost everything we are made of.
 
4) Cor Fijneman ft. Melissa Mathes – Disappear (Cliff Coenraad & Thomas Hagenbeek Repimp)
"What are you waiting for?
I might disappear
I really need to know
I need to know"
 
Birdman: As human beings we are generally oblivious to what is good for us. The person we are searching for, the completion of our being and soul could be right under our noses. People are in your life for a moment, for a reason, do not let them disappear.
 
Marcie:  When I hear these lyrics, I hear a desperate plea from a person caught up in a passionate entanglement.  There’s desperation here, for while she is saying she may not be there forever,  I think deep down she feels that she has no choice but to wait.  She cannot turn off her emotions, even though logically she knows that she should walk away. Passion can lead us to traps that are not good for us, but are difficult to escape from.  Passion can also illuminate our priorities, and cloud our judgments.
 
5) The Doppler Effect – Beauty Hides In The Deep
"A little pearl
Locked in a shell…
Beauty hides in the deep"
 
Birdman: A direct stem from the above, personally I don’t make friends or acquaintances – I make brothers and sisters. To find those people who are not of your blood yet they pulsate through every heartbeat of your being, is no easy feat. Their beauty hides in the deep, it is up to us to find it – before they disappear.
 
Marcie: This is so well said, Sameer!  I don’t always find it easy to like everyone around me, or to accept my own faults or the faults of others.  We’re all human, with limits as to what makes us comfortable, and how close we allow ourselves to get to others.  I like to believe that people usually have good intentions.  Most people are more complicated than we give them credit for.   It’s worth it to try to see people for who they really are. Often this is how we learn about ourselves as well.
 
6) Armin van Buuren feat. Jennifer Rene – Fine Without You
You’ve made it clear now
This is the end
No more goodbyes and sympathies from me
All you still want is a physical thing
But you’ve taken enough from me
 
Marcie:   How much change do we accept in a relationship? That answer is different for everyone. I don’t find it’s healthy to allow myself to become drained from too much more give than take.  I think these lyrics are about reaching our bottom line, where we decide we won’t give up any more of our energy to save a relationship.
 
7) Kirsty Hawkshaw Meets Tenishia – Reasons To Forgive (The Blizzard Remix)
Birdman: Again as humans, we have flaws.  A sad one is finding a reason to forgive. If a person is out of your life due to a breach of trust or promise, we need to look past the nostalgia, and not find a reason to forgive. Trust is earned.
 
Marcie: I see what you’re saying here, Sameer.  If someone has proven untrustworthy, then we shouldn’t be naive and allow them to regain our trust only to hurt us again.   I agree that the lyrics address how difficult it is to trust, but I also think forgiveness is helping Kirsty find a way to trust again.
 
I focus on the positive
Remember why I live
Thank you for reminding me
Reasons to forgive
 
I think forgiveness is something that can be granted without giving others a free pass to hurt us.  In my mind, forgiveness is meant to liberate ourselves from the suffering that comes with holding on to our pain. When we forgive someone, we are not condoning their actions. We are not seeking reconciliation.  We are forgiving in order to gain an inner peace that comes from taking our life experience less personally, and we are moving forward with a positive outlook on the future.
 
 
Thanks to Birdman for taking time to discuss his feelings about lyrics with me. Thank YOU for joining in as readers!  Let’s keep getting to know each other.
 
 
 
Stay tuned for more of Marcie’s Lyric Picks right here. For more thoughts straight from your favourite Artists on their own lyrics, check out "Marcie presents Behind The lyric" at http://www.mugasha.com/browse/Behind-The-Lyric.
 
 
For more thoughts straight from your favorite Artists on their own lyrics, check out "Marcie presents Behind The lyric" right here!!!
 
 
 
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Marcie’s Lyric Picks Vol. 2: Being Real

March 12, 2010

Marcie’s Lyric Picks Vol. 2: Being Real

Marcies Lyric Picks
  
We all feel like outsiders at times.  Even amongst friends and families, we all have times when we are not comfortable in our own skin.  We worry about how we are viewed by others, and how to fit in.  We think about what we have in common with each other, & what our differences are.  We struggle with feelings of inadequacy when we compare ourselves with others.  We look down on people whom we make the mistake of viewing only superficially.  We are afraid be our real selves and we take on personas that might not reflect who we really are or want to be.
 
Here are some of my favorite tracks that deal with the struggle to be comfortable and happy with who we are.

 
 
 

 Marcies Lyric Picks Vol. 2

By Marcie of "Behind The Lyric"
 
1) DJ Tiesto- Just Be
"They say learning to love yourself
Is the first step
That you take when you want to be real
Flying on planes to exotic locations
won’t teach you
How you really feel"
 
I feel this track laid some lyrical groundwork for Trance Music. Trance music is meant to take a listener to a state of euphoria where love for others and self acceptance prevail.  
 
2) First State feat. Sarah Howells- Brave
"If I was brave
I’d never get this wrong"
 
I love how this lyric admits a vulnerability.  We all want to be strong and perfect, but we all have times of self doubt, mistakes, and disappointment.  We make demands of ourselves that are hard to live up to.  
 
3) Sunlounger feat. Zara- Lost
"Now that you have lost yourself,
oh can anything help you now"
 
In "Behind The Lyric Episode 7", Zara says this song is about losing control to her desires, betraying herself, and losing her self respect.  She realized that without self respect, she felt lost in the world.  Writing a song was a way to find herself again.
 
"Lost" is another track that speaks about following a true path.  It’s easy to lose ourselves when we give in to temptations and instant gratification.  Listening to this track makes me feel that I am not alone, that everyone makes mistakes, and that I can rely on the strength inside myself during challenging times.  
 
4) John O’Callaghan feat. Sarah Howells – Find Yourself
"Looking at life through a loaded gun
Take your best shot, aim it at the sun
Looking at life through a loaded gun
You know you’ll find
You’ll find yourself, you’ll find yourself alone"
 
This track seems to say that if you focus on superficial, selfish pursuits, then when you finally reach your goals, you will find you’re all alone.  Are our goals worth achieving if we alienate ourselves and hurt others along our path?
 
5) Andain- Beautiful Things:
"Stopped pushing on for just a second
Then nothing’s changed
Who am I this time?
Where’s my name?
I guess it crept away"
 
For me this track is about losing ourselves in a created identity, and then reminding ourselves that natural beauty exists around us all the time.
 
6) Doppler Effect- Beauty Hides In The Deep:
"Beauty hides in the deep
But its so hard to find
Being wrapped up inside"
 
7) Kirsty Hawkshaw & Tenisha – Outsiders
"Take a look at yourself as an outsider
Do you like what you see?
You can’t see what you’re thinking
You can’t feel what you’re feeling
You could be anyone"
 
The way Kirsty delivers these lines always makes me stop and think.  The melody is part sung, part spoken, and I think that style works very well to get the point across, and set the mood for the rest of the vocal.
 
8)  DJ Hashish feat. Marcie- Look Around
"What is the answer to this fear?
I can’t just watch and see
Should I take the easy way out, or should I
Should I just be me?"
 
When we’re afraid, we might let our fear dictate our actions.  We need to work hard to find the best solutions to our problems.  We can’t sit back and let other people do things for us, or try to take the easy way out.
 
9) OceanLab – On A Good Day
"Been talking to myself forever, yeah
And how I wish I knew me better, yeah
Still sitting on a shelf but never
Never seen the sun shine brighter"
 
How many of us truly feel we know ourselves? What does it take to know oneself?
 
10) Julian Vincent Feat. Cathy Burton – Here For Me
"You say I can love me for who I am
Don’t need to change or pretend
To see my own beauty is like breathing happiness
Just trust in my heart
Be real"
 
I like how this track describes someone telling her that she doesn’t have to pretend to be anything other than herself.  Love works best when it comes with acceptance.
 
Stay tuned for more of Marcie’s Lyric Picks right here. For more thoughts straight from your favourite Artists on their own lyrics, check out "Marcie presents Behind The lyric" at http://www.mugasha.com/browse/Behind-The-Lyric.

 
 
 
For more thoughts straight from your favorite Artists on their own lyrics, check out "Marcie presents Behind The lyric" right here!!!
 
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Marcies new column – Marcie’s Lyric Picks –

February 15, 2010

Marcies new column – Marcie’s Lyric Picks

Marcie's Lyric Picks
 
 
 
 
Well known Marcie opened a new column she is writing called "Marcie’s Lyric Picks".  It is a supplement to ‘Behind The Lyric’ for the time between radio broadcasts.  She will be comparing and contrasting the lyrics in various Dance tunes each week.  Not all the tunes she speaks about are in episodes of Behind The Lyric.  It is covering lyrics from a different angle than the radio show, so as to be fresh!!
 
 
Interview with Marcie by our
dear fellows @ Trance Podium
 
 

 Marcie’s Lyric Picks Vol. 1

  Timely Voices

By Marcie of "Behind The Lyric"
 
The passage of time is something every conscious entity has no choice but to experience.  The experience of time is a subjective one, and highly dependent on our personal emotional state. When we are heartbroken, time can drag on endlessly.  It’s the same when we are bored, or feeling purposeless.  When we are in love, smiling and laughing, or completely immersed in an activity we enjoy, then time feels like it is flying by.  I am sure many of us find listening to music makes time pass more pleasantly.
 
I have noticed that time is a topic often sung about in Vocal Trance, with artists sharing their own perspective on a moment of time in their life.  Here is a list of some of my favorite Vocal Trance tracks that mention moving forward in time, dreaming of the future, and being influenced by our memories. 
 
1) Nic Chagall feat Jonathan Mendelsohn – This Moment
"And I can’t deny these memories got me all locked up inside
And you hold the key"
 
I think Jonathan expresses a sentiment we have all felt about our memories.  Memories can be bittersweet.  We need our memories to give our life context, but sometimes it’s hard to break free of our memories to start fresh.
 
2) Armin van Buuren feat. Jaren- Unforgiveable
"Well it ain’t over ’till it’s over
And my world shuts down
But this comes close, I’ll have you know
It’s just a matter of time"
 
When I hear this refrain, I hear the pain in Jaren’s soul.  She is at a breaking point, but instead of breaking completely, she is finding a way to draw on her inner strength and keep moving forward.  I love lyrics about approaching the future with a new understanding of the past.
 
3) Air Hustlers feat. Colleen Riley – Downtime
"Shotgun-bang! And the race is on
I can’t meet my deadlines, I can’t read the headlines,
I stopped to smell the roses but their season had passed
I need a little down time"
 
It is sad to think about all the beauty we miss when we rush about our lives with tunnel vision.   In Behind The Lyric Episode 1, Colleen Riley says "Downtime….was a chance to write about that oft needed breath that we don’t have time to take, or don’t make time to take".
 
4) Mark Pledger Feat. Melinda Gareh – Time Stands Still
"Beyond this faded realm of reason
Time stands still"
 
Melinda sings about an experience when time seems to stop completely for her.  I think sometimes we all want the whirwind of our life to come to a halt so we can breathe, take a step back, and figure out what is going on, and what we truly want.
 
5) Cosmic Gate feat. Emma Hewitt- Not Enough Time
"I stand before you in the last dance of an old life…"
 
This line is chilling.  It reminds me that times are always changing, and it is our choice how we optimize our use of time.
 
6) "Andy Duguid feat. Leah- Wasted"
"Wasted all this time, searching
 Brought me to my knees"
 
The tone and melody that Leah uses to sing these words is full of heartache and regret over time wasted searching for something that cannot be found.
 
7) BT Feat. Jes – Every Other Way
 
"Heart don’t fail me now
‘Cause there is no time to waste"
 
Jes beautifully sings about her desire not to waste time in matters of the heart. 
 
8) Oceanlab- Sky Falls Down:
"You lose all sense of reason
You have no sense of danger
It’s like you’re living in a dream.
It lets you float through crowds and
Makes you smile at strangers
It’s just the greatest state of being, Oohh… "
 
As I said earlier, when we’re in love, time flies. Lovers fill time with daydreams, hopes, fantasies, and a sense of contentment.  These lyrics strike me as incredibly romantic, but also have a sense of desperation and intensity that perhaps cannot be maintained for long.  It makes me wonder how long does the euphoric state of love last?
 
9) Tydi & Dennis Sheperd feat.Marcie- Somehow
"If you could see into the future, would you do it different now?"
 
When I’m faced with very difficult decisions, I desperately wish I could see into the future for guidance.  Since we can’t see into crystal balls, it is important not to ignore advice from people who have life experience that we can benefit from. 
 
10) Tritonal feat. Hannah Sky – Jump Off
 
"So here we go again
Sometimes I feel nothing’s gonna change
Let’s jump off, into time"
 
I like the idea that sometimes we have to jump start our future, and now is as good a time as any to do that!
 
For more thoughts straight from your favorite Artists on their own lyrics, check out "Marcie presents Behind The lyric" right here!!!
 
 
 
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