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Wednesday, May the 5th, 2004

I was planning to put something else down, but now all of it is a blur in my head. I don’t know what it was, and I don’t care. I’ve got goose bumps all over and all my hairs are standing straight up.

For the first time, I really listened to Urban Hymns. I’ve heard it many times before, but I hadn’t hit me. This is as close to the ultimate music album as it gets. There is an extreme level of emotional intensity that is maintained throughout the album I hadn’t experienced before. I just didn’t see how deep the lyrics went. I didn’t even know I particularly cared about the lyrics of songs.

It’s life, happiness, sadness, space, time,.. and everything else on a CD. I’m indescribably moved, peaceful, euphoric … so much. I am sure you’ll be affected too.. on a higher.. a sort of spiritual level if you actually listen to this album. Good god, I wonder what this means for The Masterplan. And I’m beginning to see the pattern, the songs I find truly glorious have beautiful orchestral backup.

Here’s a quick sampler of the kind of brilliance that is in store.

Happiness,
More or less
It’s just a change in me
Something in my liberty
Oh, my, my!
Happiness,
Coming and going
I watch you look at me
Watch my fever growing
I know, just where I am
But how many corners do I have to turn?
How many times do I have to learn?
All the love I have is in my mind!
Well, I’m a lucky man

Richard Ashcroft is a genius. Sigh (a peacefully happy one). I feel all feline now. Stretching, curling up, softly purring and of course, coughing up hair. Good god, I feel invincible. It’s just music? Maybe to you.

Maybe it’s time to make my ultimate mixed collection. No, not for you, you, you or you.

For me.

Of course, I noted on the Amazon page that people who bought this also bought (What’s the Story) Morning Glory. (Another glorious album by a most awesome band). Anyway, the point being I was furiously reading up on the history between these people. And guess what Noel had to say about “Cast no shadow.”

“Richard wasn’t very happy for a while so l wrote it for him and about three weeks later he quit his band (The Verve). It’s about songwriters in general who are desperately trying to say something. I’d like to be able to write really meaningful lyrics but I always end up talking about drugs or sex. But people like Richard and Paul Weller will look after me. This song is dedicated to the genius of Richard Ashcroft.”

The only time history’s fun is when it involves alt. brit. rock. I am heading off to bask in this glorious feeling. Night.

NP. The Verve – Urban Hymns
Yes, I got all teary on “Lucky Man” too.
And no, I have not been paid by the band to write this for them. Besides, the band doesn’t exist as a band anymore.

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