Monday, April 1, 2019

Music Monday: Thrice

"Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends."
~Alphonse de Lamartine

"The high arts of literature and music stand in a curious relationship to one another, at once securely comfortable and deeply uneasy - rather like a long-term marriage."
~Will Self

This week's Music Monday feature is THRICE, an American rock band from California...specifically, their album, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere. The album was released in 2016, after a four or five year break. Unlike their previous albums, this one centers on more sociocultural perspectives, so it should come as no surprise, this became my go-to album for novels with community drama, political warfare and the struggle to hold onto one's humanity.

I have no idea how I stumbled upon this album, but Black Honey is the first track I heard, and, to this day, I'm not sure what impressed me more: Dustin Kensrue's vocals, the heavy sound or the dynamic lyrics. Other tracks, such as Stay With Me and Salt and Shadow, are the perfect songs to accompany the scenes in a story in which characters move heaven and hell for their loved ones.

One novel, accompanied by my choice of Thrice, is The K2 Virus by Scott Rhine. The author keeps the emphasis on humanity and the power of friendship, as the story follows the path of a deadly virus. I also listened to this album more than once while reading through The Living Dead Boy series by Rhiannon Frater. The series focuses on a young boy trying to keep his loved ones alive after an apocalyptic event. The kids in the books, with all their hang-ups, prove that age has nothing to do with using common sense, and the contrast between the children and the adults adds the right amount of drama.

Check back next week for another music recommendation for reading!

As always,

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