Hello Sounds of Sunday – out of all my blogging it is this feature that I have missed the most!! I’ve been listening to some incredible music the past year, discovering bands that are very new to me, and I am remiss to have not shared these discoveries here. Out of all the music found, today’s featured band is by far my favorite. Surpassing my love for U2 even.
In July I had the opportunity to attend an Open Book concert with Justin Furstenfeld, the lead singer of Blue October. Not your typical rock concert, the Open Book tour allowed the fans a peek into WHY he wrote the songs he did. As a writer I was first attracted to Blue October for the amazing lyrical content of the songs. Justin is not only a rock star,but an incredible story teller. His songs have deep meaning that I think many of us can find relevant to our own lives. During the Open Book Tour, Justin led us on a journey from the founding of the band, through his battle with drugs and alcohol addiction, a fantastically humorous story of a BEE and finding his higher calling, and now sobriety and beautiful family. The video below is one of my favorite songs from Blue October “Calling You”, taken at the Orlando Open Book tour from my balcony seat at the Dr. Phillips Performing Art Center.
Blue October came in to existence after a 16 year old Justin performed a song about a suicidal teen (video here). The rest of his band mates parents were concerned Justin was a bad influence on the others .. so Justin said (and I paraphrase) “That’s OK .. I’ll start up a new band called Blue October.” And that was that! The first album was released in 1998, and the band has been growing strong ever since. Take a moment today and listen to the latest album “Sway” – and you will hear what I do. A passionate lyrical genius with an intense understanding of how music and words combine to create musical magic! The most popular song from that album is “Hate Me” .. but that’s not my favorite song. “Hate Me” was written by Justin for a lost love as he was in the height of his addiction. He explained that even the lyrics were a lie “I’ve been 3 month sober …”
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite off this album .. “Sway” is relevant to me and where my heart is right now. “Come In Closer” too is an amazing love song of need. But if I were to pinpoint my FAVORITE .. it would be “Fear”. It’s a message of hope, and strength, and over coming our demons in life. Justin and the band are in Studio now recording their next album. It has been fascinating following him on Facebook as he discovers the lyrics. (he’s the only Celeb I intentionally seek out and read on FB daily). I for one can not wait for this next album to be released! I’m now a fan girl for life.