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September 30, 2006

When we all finally washed ashore
It was clear there was no one else around
We declared a national holiday
A chance to build it from the ground

So far away from everyone
and everything starts today

Keep it together
Can we keep it together
We’re singing a new song now
and everything starts today

Can we rise? Can we get along all right?
Can we miss the storm that sucked the whole world in?
And the boats went out at night
and the choppers in the sky
They searched but they could find no trace of us

So far away from everyone
and everything starts today

Keep it together
Can we keep it together
We’re singing a new song now
and everything starts today

The thunder struck, the clouds appeared
Our fearless crew was not prepared
and pretty soon the boats came for us
half a million strong
We gathered arms, we fired shells
We built a wall around ourselves
and pretty soon the spirit was a lot like
what it used to be back home

So far away from everyone
and everything starts today

Keep it together
Can we keep it together
We’re singing a new song now
and everything starts today

Guster in less than five hours! Guster, in case you’re not aware, which you probably aren’t if you’re anything like most people on this campus or anywhere, not only exists, but rules. I’m going with a group of four friends who actually have heard of Guster to go see them in concert tonight.

I like Guster because their music is poetic, in a good way. That’s kind of a big deal, because I’m usually not all that fond of poetry. Don’t get me wrong–I love the idea of poetry. I just have very selective tastes about what I think is the good kind of poetry, the real kind. Like Mr. Carroll said, the purpose of poetry is to cram as much power as possible into as few words as possible. Poetry, above all, should be powerful. And really, not that many poems dare to do that. Too many of them go for being overly cryptic and ethereal instead, which is fine if you like intellectual games, but poetry, to me, is not to be appreciated in the same way as, say, a crossword puzzle or a clever riddle. It’s fine if it doesn’t make that much sense at first glance, because the universal phenomena that poetry ought to be covering sometimes need that complexity for full expression. But the difference is, with a lot of poetry, I find that even after I’ve gone through the whole thing a dozen times and scrutinized every line until the whole thing’s pretty clear… I still don’t care any more than I did at the beginning, because the words just aren’t that poweful. With my kind of poetry, you should be able to appreciate it on the very first run-through. Before you even get it, before it even makes any kind of sense. It should strike you. That’s what Guster does. The way the lyrics blend so well within the music to produce a distinct and noticeable feel to the song that I have never heard any other band approach. It’s depressing, it’s euphoric, it’s wistful, it’s bitter, it’s frightening, it’s hopeful, it’s frustrated–but most of all, it’s just powerful.

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6 Comments
  1. So your saying the reason you like it is not because its emo, or because you automatically like anything that you make up?:PHave fun and make sure not to step on anyones razors or impale yourself on anyones peircings. (sarcasm again)

  2. Hey, I remember that band… like, there’s one song I really like by them but I can’t remember what it is!  sorry!

  3. Anonymous permalink

    theyre playing at the greek theater right? i was going to tell you but i forgot. and i found someone on facebook who likes them too but i forgot.

  4. Thanks Andy.Thanks Wilson.Rachael- If you heard it on the radio, I would guess either Amsterdam or Barrel of a Gun (Four, three, two, one…)

  5. OH YEAH!!! It’s AMSTERDAM!!!  good song…

  6. See, Andy? Lots of cool people have heard of Guster, and cool people that exist, too.

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