Tell me does it move you, does it soothe you, does it fill your heart and soul with the roots of rock and roll.*
There are lots of songs that give me chills. Lyrics reach down my throat and clutch my organs until my eyes water and my breath stops. I’ve been knocked back ,wind lost, words like fire inside me repeating. I am you. I am you. I am you.
Standing in a photo gallery in Tulsa the words play, immediate goosebumps and shared glances. I am you.
Traveling with strangers through hills of California to destination Sunset, live music two shows back to back. Electric, acoustic. I am you.
Borrowing words from songsto etch ink into skin, a permanent mark of the effects of music. I am you.
When you cant get through it, you can listen to it. *
* lyrics by Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson.
a melodic word
this is my anthem, sing it
rhythmic piece of me
here is a small selection of my words, my anthems,
songs I love more than anything else.
Melanie’s 2013 ANTHEMS Mixtape
“they don’t know what it’s like to love one band, one silly piece of music so much that it hurts” – Almost Famous
Seven a.m. post-sex godiva
chocolates and a blue sky wide
enough to curl into.
You croon black magic
woman into my ear, tell me
I’m Jessie’s girl, ask me
what I dreamed last night.
Darling, I am in my cowboy
boots and so afraid of gaining
weight, I am an inch away from
your pretty love and trying not to
cram it into my mouth. What
is delicate, what is fragile anymore?
From this vantage point we
are a hundred pieces of the
sharpest glass scraped from one hundred
of the unluckiest, broken mirrors.
Our edges, they are pressed
together like this, like this and you
take my fingers between your teeth.
Turn it up. I’m your radio girl
and last night my dreams were of you,
they were strewn like bread crumbs on
the forest’s path, guiding me
back towards the morning.
when you can’t get through it, you can listen to it*
When my favorite band announced the title of their new album would be called Anthem I immediately thought of it as a theme for the Kindred Collective. Music has been a huge part of my life since I was twelve years old and discovered this band. Since then, I’ve had many songs been my own personal anthems, many from that band but so many others. I was extra excited to realize my week coincides with the releases of Anthem (on Tuesday). How appropriate!
An anthem is a song that moves you, an ode to you that describes who you are or what you are. It’s the music that’s inside you, the themes to your world.
Tell me does it move you
Does it soothe you
Does it fill your heart and soul with the
Roots of rock and roll*
Xo. Melanie Kristy
*lyrics and music by Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson