meet me there, in the blue
where words are not and feeling
trust in me to throw myself into your door
i go in circles running down
i dream to heal your wounds
but i bleed myself
listen: sunny day real estate – in circles (diary, 1994)
one of my favorite qualities in music has always been the songwriting aspect. the way words may be vague, yet still direct and so powerful that it can touch you without even the slightest movement. back when i was 15, my friends and i would take the best road trips to nowhere, taking turns driving just following long roads with no particular direction in mind, wanting to get lost and somehow find our silent ways by listening loudly to music. along with our favorites of joseph arthur, jeff buckley, and nick drake, one band we always agreed on was sunny day real estate. the first time i heard jeremy enigk’s lyrics, it was obvious that they were meant to be heard like poetry, by pushing emotions and opening up your mind to a place where feeling actually is alive. through exploding guitars and traveling bass lines, i was always left in such amazement of their ability to lay emotional vocals on top of beautiful screams, and how it all could make such perfect sense.
it’s been over 15 years since i first heard the magic of sunny day real estate but today as i listened to their album “diary” all over again, it brought me right back to the way i always understood their music. the way the words, harmonies, and music intensely drives straight to your heart without stopping is still just the same.
that’s what i remember, and that’s what i will always love.