Music Monday: Still Alive

Covered up with a smile I’ve learned to fear . . .

Yes, I’m still alive and I’m back on all social network systems (SNS): Twitter, Facebook, Instagram . . . that’s about it. I have to draw the line somewhere. Today’s Music Monday post is seriously delayed. It’s so delayed the day is actually Tuesday now. April approaching so fast may have something to do with it as I haven’t really drafted this post in advance like normally. (Actually, this IS the draft, so forgive me for any misspellings and grammar mistakes. Be kind.) I simply regret how remiss I’ve been with running my blog. Writing, working, and life in general has taken first priority. I’m also having to wait before I can revamp it the way I want to. That’s the price you pay for when you have to wait on others, I guess. (It’s a surprise and I can’t wait to see the final result!) Enough with the excuses and on to the song on my playlist. Which one will be featured in today’s . . . ummm . . . tonight’s post? (More like Music Tuesday, but it doesn’t have the same ring to it, so Music Monday it shall remain.)

METhe year was 2011–perhaps THE darkest year of my life to date. During that time I was going through a lot mentally and emotionally. I was unsure of myself and left feeling confused most of the time. A lot happened during that year. I choose to not go into detail about what caused me to become despondent; that’s not what this is about. But the featured song was one that helped me get back on my feet and heal from the pain I’d suffered from.

Her name is Faith, by the way.

Her name is Faith, by the way. A tough broad with a tattooed map on her arm and a tattoo on her eye. Mess with her if you want!

I suppose we all have at least one song we can relate to. For me Still Alive was the song that gave me enough courage and inspiration in some majestic way during that year and part of 2012. How did the healing begin? I heard this remix by Mt. Eden and I had it on constant rotation every single night after. (Strange how a dubstep remix managed to make such an impact on my musical heart. I take that back. It’s not so strange after all given my taste in music.) There were many times when I would ride out, playing it loudly with all of the windows down late at night when hardly anyone else was driving on the streets of Birmingham–the bass turned to the max, my hair blowing wildly in the wind. All it took was one listen and I was completely sold.

I think the piano chords, mixed in with the humming bass, are what initially seduced me into loving this song overall. Then I found out the song was a remix of a theme to a video game I’d never even heard of. Curious, because that’s what I am, I looked it up; found the original; read up on the game’s sypnosis; and I found myself loving the song even more. (The original video by Lisa Miskovsky can be seen here.) After watching this introduction (probably my favorite VG intro ever), I wish I could find the time to play the actual video game . . . or become a free-runner, whichever comes first. Knowing me, by the time I get around to playing the game the sequel will be released. I stand a better chance at becoming a free-runner, I think. Oh, well. One day, for sure.


Click here for a peek at parkour if you want to see how insane free-runners really are.

I’ve learned to lose, I’ve learned to win
I’ve turned my face against the wind
I will move fast, I will move slow
Take me where I have to go

Still Alive