New Piece of Flea Segment: Weekly Soundtrip

13 Nov

I am adding a new segment to my blog called “Weekly Soundtrip”.

At the end of each week I’m going to select a piece of music that has altered, moved, or inspired me and pair the music with a written Piece of Flea. Why music? The wonder of how one recognizable smell or one familiar taste can spring forth a long forgotten childhood memory within us simply astonishes me. I find all the senses of the human body amazing, but my own personal favorite is the ability to hear. Some music is so beautiful, vibrant, and alive that I can literally feel it coursing through my veins. Hearing is expressive, like art for the ears- music is my preferred sensation. Music is my past, my present, and my future.

I realize that I’m not the first person to discover or discuss the powerful emotions that are found in music, but I hope my segment can offer you something… be it a song you’ve never heard, an insight to my personal life, or a smile that has been MIA all week.

This weekend’s “Weekly Soundtrip” comes from Brandon Heath and his song called Give Me Your Eyes. The song is written from the Christian faith, but the lyrics apply to everyone who walks this earth. We are all a part of humanity. It is a powerful song.

Piece of Flea: Give Me Your Eyes is a song about broken humanity and  how we often turn a blind eye to those who are in pain and hurting around us. This song makes me think of a story my mother told me once. My Grandmother was hospitalized for a few weeks and my mother went to visit her often. My Grandmother had cancer and her health was declining noticeably everyday. My mother was overcome and stricken with grief, but  held onto her “I can handle this” façade. One morning, while drinking a coffee alone in the hospital cafeteria, a stranger approached my mother. The strange woman said that she had been watching my mother for a few minutes and decided to come over to talk to her. The woman said to her, “You look sad and frightened. I want to give you a hug and tell you that you are not alone.” My mother started crying and opened up to a complete stranger about her fears. I’d like to dedicate this song to that very same woman, the stranger that opened her eyes to the pain my mother was in, a stranger that I’ve never met before, but whom I owe a great amount of gratitude.

Lyrics:

Looked down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight
Touched down on the cold black tile
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breathe in the familiar shock
Of confusion and chaos
Are those people going somewhere?
Why have I never cared?

Chorus (bottom)

Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide whats underneath
There’s a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
To ashamed to tell his wife
He’s out of work
He’s buying time
Are those people going somewhere?
Why have I never cared?

Chorus (bottom)

I’ve been there a million times
A couple of million eyes
Just moving past me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong
Well I want a second glance
So give me a second chance
To see the way you see the people all alone

Chorus:
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me your heart for the once forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see
yeah … yeah … yeah … yeah

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6 Responses to “New Piece of Flea Segment: Weekly Soundtrip”

  1. turntablesnapshots November 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    I love Brandon Heath! He is a very good singer and his lyrics are very good too. Good choice! Can’t wait for next week’s soundtrip

    • fleabug83 November 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

      Thanks! I need to get his new CD… it’s got some really great songs on it.

  2. Andy November 15, 2010 at 2:06 am #

    Thats a great story honey. Good song too.

  3. Bob November 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    F- really nice deal you’ve got going here. I’m so old school, I can’t imagine how you go about doing such a thing, but it is cool.

    I like the insight you share. I get exhausted trying to share my feelings through the forms I try to use – art, etc. – when I have the time to devote to it. This format is so direct, literal, and complete that it must be difficult to compose…it’s just so much. But you seem tuned in to it, which is what writers need to be like I guess. Frankly, when I think of those I like to read, like Kurt Vonnegut (still), it’s because they take the opportunity to share that I don’t seem to be able to take, and I appreciate the energy they use to convey their message. Good work!

    As to the music thing, it’s a brilliant idea. Here’s one for you from me: check out John Prine, Clay Pigeons, on the Fair & Square CD. It’s a simple song about when he came back from neck cancer that took our his whole right side. He has so many meaningful songs, but this simple, sweet and raw song is hopeful and about starting over. That’s what I like most about songwriters, how they can convey a range of feelings and put the story to song that is meaningful to so many people. Well, there you are…

    • fleabug83 November 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

      Thanks B! And I will check out the music suggestion. I’ve really been broadening my horizons (in terms of music) the last couple of years. It sounds like good stuff. Thank you for reading… and subscribing. The person with the largest following at the end of the semester wins a prize… I think it is a book. But shoot, in this economy, I’ll TAKE IT!! ha.
      PS. Thank you for the art book and paints! I hope my art can be as amazing as yours some day.

  4. andreanosugaradded November 18, 2010 at 1:23 am #

    this is awesome! I love the song! the song really spoke to my heart and my feeling/being unseen or lost. I think Brandon Heath is a new favorite! 🙂

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