In order to make up for posting Loverboy, I want to play something as different as can be. I got two Border's Gift Cards for my birthday, and among my purchases was the new Ray LaMontagne disc, Until the Sun Goes Black. It is as beautiful and powerful as his first, but the first song, "Be Here Now' is so different from the stripped down, acoustic work that it is almost stunning. Yet, it is also, like pretty much everything the man does, achingly beautiful. In a sane world, LaMontagne would be a superstar, and no one would know who Justin Timberlake is.
In case you're interested, here are the lyrics, written by the man himself:
Don't let your mind get weary and confused..
your will be still; don't try.
Don't let your heart get heavy, child;
inside you there's a strength that lies.
Don't let your soul get lonely, child..
it's only time; it will go by.
Don't look for love in faces, places —
it's in you; that's where you'll find kindness.
Be here.. be here now.. be here now..
be.. be here now.. be here now...
Don't lose your faith in me,
and I will try not to lose faith in you.
Don't put your trust in walls,
'cause walls will only crush you when they fall.
Be...be here now... be here now.
Be...be here now...be here now.